What is steampunk? Is it a genre? A special-interest society? A sub-culture? An aesthetic movement? I think the answer is: yes! Steampunk has its roots in the Victorian-era science fiction writing of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne. Consider The War of the Worlds (1898), The Invisible Man (1897), and The Time Machine (1895) by Wells, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1872), Journey to the Center of the Earth (1871), and Around the World in Eighty Days (1873) by Verne. These books were revolutionary when they came out – it was the birth of science fiction. Steampunk is born from this period – a time when the world was on the verge of the technological explosion that led to widespread use of electricity and automobiles. Steampunk captures an era where steam (as a power source) held infinite potential, horse-drawn carriages roamed the land, and brass, leather and wood were king.
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