Steampunk: Book Lists

This guide provides an overview of Steampunk, a subgenre of science fiction and fantasy, as well as book lists for recommended reading and related library events.
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What is Steampunk?

Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction and fantasy that portrays a neo-Victorian world where steam serves as a primary energy source.  These worlds involve sophisticated mechanical inventions constructed out of Victorian-era materials, such as clockwork, copper, and brass, that ordinarily would not have been possible during the 1800s.  Powered by steam, such inventions include robots and time machines.  This subgenre emerged in the 1980’s and continues to grow in popularity in books, fashion, films, music, and art.   




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