Ok. So a good place to start on Steampunk Sunday is a definition of steampunk. 

What is it? 

Uhhh. Glad you asked. It’s well… it’s a lot of things. 

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Wikipedia says “Steampunk
is a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered
machinery,[1] especially in a setting inspired by industrialized Western
civilization during the 19th century.”

Fair enough. Most early and even current steampunk takes place in 19yh century Victorian England, but the idea certainly isn’t limited to that definition. Stories can take place anywhere steam is possible, from the wild west to post-apocalyptic Miami. 

I think Steampunk.com does a pretty thorough job of running down the topic on their site.  They also mention a few great examples of great books and authors in that post as well, which we’ll cover in a future Steampunk Sunday.

io9 has a good post about rethinking the definitions and boundaries of steampunk with its growth in popularity over the recent years. 

I attempted to define it myself for the Writer’s Digest’s Guide to Literary Agents blog here, but maybe we should keep it simple.

The Oxford Dictionaries online’s really brief definition might be fairly appropriate, as it boils it all down to the basics. “a genre of science
fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery rather than advanced

It doesn’t get much easier than that, does it?

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Join me next week for the literary origins of the genre!