Steampunk is...a joyous fantasy of the past, allowing us to revel in a
nostalgia for what never was. It is a literary playground for
adventure, spectacle, drama, escapism and exploration. Futuristic, yet
retro at the same time, Steampunk is truly one-of-a-kind. The
genre blends the aesthetic and technology of the 19th century with
elements of science fiction. Its literary and audiovisual
works take place in an alternate reality where technological progress
is based not on electricity, but on the steam engine. As
Douglas Fetherling so aptly put it, “Steampunk is a genre that imagines
how different the past might have been had the future come earlier."
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