14 Facts About Steampunk


Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction that incorporates retrofuturistic technology and aesthetics inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery.

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Steampunk works are often set in an alternative history of the Victorian era or the American "Wild West", where steam power remains in mainstream use, or in a fantasy world that similarly employs steam power.

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Steampunk refers to any of the artistic styles, clothing fashions, or subcultures that have developed from the aesthetics of steampunk fiction, Victorian-era fiction, art nouveau design, and films from the mid-20th century.

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Steampunk is influenced by and often adopts the style of the 19th-century scientific romances of Jules Verne, H G Wells, Mary Shelley, and Edward S Ellis's The Steam Man of the Prairies.

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Steampunk elements have consistently appeared in mainstream manga since the 1940s, dating back to Osamu Tezuka's epic science-fiction trilogy consisting of Lost World, Metropolis (1949) and Nextworld (1951).

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Steampunk became a common descriptor for homemade objects sold on the craft network Etsy between 2009 and 2011, though many of the objects and fashions bear little resemblance to earlier established descriptions of steampunk.

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Steampunk fashion has no set guidelines but tends to synthesize modern styles with influences from the Victorian era.

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In 2005, Kate Lambert, known as "Kato", founded the first steampunk clothing company, "Steampunk Couture", mixing Victorian and post-apocalyptic influences.

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Steampunk was one of the inspirations I had in starting my project.

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Steampunk was writing songs about the first attempt at manned flight, and an Edwardian airship raid in the mid-80s long before almost anyone else.

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Steampunk has appeared in the work of musicians who do not specifically identify as steampunk.

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Steampunk has sprung up recently at Renaissance Festivals and Renaissance Faires, in the US.

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The Surrey Steampunk Convivial was originally held in New Malden, but since 2019 has been held in Stoneleigh in southwestern London, within walking distance of H G Wells's home.

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The Surrey Steampunk Convivial started as an annual event in 2012, and now takes place thrice a year, and has spanned three boroughs and five venues.

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