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What Is Steampunk?

Updated 19 Dec 2018 1.8k views12 items

Steampunk may be alternative, but it's a popular style that extends from fashion to literature to music. Its roots are in both science fiction and historical genres and it often features steam-powered machinery as opposed to advanced technology. Steampunk has grown into an entire subculture, one filled with conventions and steampunk cosplay.  

Since it has expanded beyond its literary roots, even fans and followers of steampunk have trouble directly defining the subculture. Outsiders intrigued by the style's steam-powered pocket watches and goggles are especially prone to wondering, "What is steampunk?" 

A proper introduction to steampunk includes where the underground movement originated, how it has made its way into the mainstream, and the hallmarks of the uniquely fascinating style.

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