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Let’s begin by saying that this sub-genre of fantasy became popular in the late 80’s – early 90’s and that’s way earlier than I’ve expected. Steampunk was influenced by and often adopts the style of the scientific romances of the 19th century, by Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, Mark Twain, and Mary Shelley. In general, the category includes any recent science fiction that takes place in a recognizable historical period (sometimes an alternate-history version of an actual historical period).

Let’s see some strong points in defining Steampunk literature, movies and games:

1.  Science has gone mad, ahead of it’s time. Ex: the genius scientist which unreavells the secrets of the universe in a lab…ahead of their time.

2. Science + Magic = Love. Everything is possible and willing to happen. The use of magic in Steampunk is bringing a dreamlike “kind of magic” also in the game/movie/book experience. Your own brain is becoming a steam-fueled factory, helping you to depart into a long and beautiful journey.

3. Steampunk “society” is in a perpetual revolution. Innapropiate, unusual mismatches between the social, politic, moral levels and the science plus technology ovious advantage in a dusty and distorted society.

4. The Industrial Revolution has already begun but electricity is not yet widespread, with an emphasis on steam- or spring-propelled gadgets.

We recommend…

Tabletop and computer role-playing games: Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends Edge of Twilight, Skies of Arcadia, and Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura, Thief.

Post-apocalyptic animes: Steamboy(2005), Future Boy Conan (1978),  Disney’s Treasure Planet & Atlantis: The Lost Empire.

Comics: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

In general, the category includes any recent science fiction that takes place in a recognizable historical period (sometimes an alternate-history version of an actual historical period) where the Industrial Revolution has already begun but electricity is not yet widespread, with an emphasis on steam- or spring-propelled gadgets.
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