Questions tagged [steampunk]

Steampunk is a sub-genre set in an era or world where steam power is widely used, but usually anachronistic technology (e.g. cyborgs, computers) etc.

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Stephen King and steam/diesel/cyber-punk

Has Stephen King written anything that either is or approaches the steampunk genre? Same question goes for diesel-punk and cyberpunk genres. I tried looking for something along those lines but didn't ...
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Webcomic with a female undead gunslinger in a steampunk setting - not Back

I'm certain I've found this one a few times. The main character is a female undead gunslinger. I forget whether she explicitly goes through situations where she would have died, or it's in her ...
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Short story about military airships and a dragon corps

I'm looking for a short story that appeared in an anthology of either fantasy or science fiction stories. I believe the story is called "The Day is Saved" Personal Honor was an important aspect of ...
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Webcomic set in a futuristic world reminiscent of early 20th C. visions of future, with Hergé-like ligne claire style, miniature robot character

I'm trying to remember the name of a webcomic I came across some years ago (2000s to early 2010s). I recall the aesthetic of the world (I don't think it was specified to be Earth) looked like it drew ...
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Children's Italian steampunk comic from 1970 with a trip to Mars HG Wells style. Earthlings taught the Martians to play football

This comic was almost certainly Italian and its author had a very Italian name, similar to "Ivo Milazzo", an excellent author of a western comic called Ken Parker. But I'm sure it's not Ivo Milazzo. ...
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Old/retro anime or cartoon with robots (visuals inside)

There is this very vague memory of some kind of anime or cartoon from my childhood and I really want to recall it. Everything I remember about it is the style of environment and surroundings that is ...
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YA steampunk novel about a boy stowing away on a ship, statues fall over restarting a volcano

I was recently reminded of a YA novel I read as a child in the 1970s, and I'm curious as to what book it is. I read it in Danish, but I'm pretty sure it was translated, probably from English. The ...
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Steampunk-ish novel containing drug secreting insectoids and mechanical computers?

I remember reading a very peculiar novel that I really enjoyed about 10 years or so ago. The novel might have been significantly older than that. I remember the plot was about a scientist / ...
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Short scifi novel based on albums of musician

I read a book a few years back and am trying to find it again. This is a book that is sci-fi/fantasy with some hints of steampunk elements. The society is a dystopian/utopia book and centers around ...
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Why is steam power acceptable to the ruling Catholic Church in Pavane, but not electricity?

In Keith Roberts’ alternate history fix-up novel Pavane, 1968 Britain is still labouring under a steam-powered industrial revolution. People travel by horse, steam trains transport freight and ...
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Name of comic book about steam punk-ish parallel universe

I want to find the name of a comic I read in 1990-ies- it begins with a man piloting his spaceship, he crashes and wakes up in a different world- it's set somewhere between Victorian and 1930-ies, but ...
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What is the general attitude in Samarla towards Daemonism (Ketty Jay series)

I know that in the third Ketty Jay novel, the Iron Jackal, the majority of the book takes place in Samarla. However, it's been a long time since I've read the book and I have misplaced my copy. My ...
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In “The Difference Engine,” why did the completion of the Difference Engine lead to a balkanized USA?

In The Difference Engine, by Bruce Sterling and William Gibson, the point of departure is that Charles Babbage got the funding to make his proposed Victorian calculator, the Difference Engine. Now, in ...
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Looking for Sci-Fi cartoon series from early 2000s

All I remember is that it was between ~2002-2005. It was about a boy in a dystopian, almost post-apocalyptic world (lot's of brown\cliff\mountains scenes). He found a staff with a droid on it (who ...
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Short Story - Underground Dystopian possibly Steampunk

I remember reading a story about possibly a boy and girl living in an underground city because of some event that sent the population underground - it was a short story, I believe, possibly in SF/F, ...
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Steampunk book about alternate universe World War I

I picked up a book a long time ago in a library and I want to read it now, but I can't remember the name. It's about WWI except the US/UK use genetically modified animals to fight, while Germany/...
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Story about clockwork mice?

I'm looking for a story I read about 20-30 years ago in a short story collection. It involves a man who builds a machine that looks like a large coffin, filled with clockwork gears. I can't recall if ...
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Steampunk energy sources: what are they and how are they obtained? [closed]

The use of the term Steampunk in the title is to locate a certain kind of sci-fi world, since it seems to me that by using this term, we also refer to its "brother" Clockpunk (clockwork as a mechanism ...
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Is the term Steampunk limited to steampunky look and feel or does it include anything that features steampunk-like technology? [closed]

This question was just (more eloquently) raised by Xantec in a comment: But if you had steampunk technology with modern looking clothing and architecture, wouldn't that still be called steampunk? (...
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What is a good one-sentence explanation for the difference between Steampunk and Cyberpunk?

I'm vaguely aware of the difference of these genres but I haven't been able to come up with a short, concise and precise, definitive one-liner to explain the difference to people who don't know the ...
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Why has the octopus become the representative animal of the Steampunk genre?

Recently I have ventured into the adventures of Alexia Tarabotti and I came upon the steampunk classic symbol - Octopus. The Order of the Brass Octopus has it as their mark. I remember a Giant Squid ...
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Reading order of the Bas-Lag books by China Miéville

I know that the Bas-Lag books are not connected to each other, but I'm still worrying that I'll "miss" something if I start with The Scar instead of Perdido Street Station. The reason I want to start ...
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Why so little steam in steampunk?

In the vast majority of discussions of Steampunk work, in art and culture I see more references to clockwork items than steam-powered paraphernalia. It seems as though the term is more or less ...
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What does punk in steampunk mean?

There's an earlier question about the definition of steampunk, but the answers gloss over the 'punk' part of it, except for vaguely connecting it to cyberpunk. So is there any significance to the '...
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Reasons why Electronics might not exist [closed]

I was thinking about the Steampunk genre the other day, particularly Gibson's Difference Engine, and basically thought to myself; Steampunk is what would happen to the world if we didn't have ...
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Name of Steampunk novel with walking cities

I'm trying to recall the name of a steampunk novel. Some time in the future, most cities are gone, with remaining cities being giant platforms on legs. these cities survive by chasing down smaller ...
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Steampunk novel incorporating genetically engineered animals as vehicles

I'm trying to find the name of a novel about a young prince/duke (pretty sure he was some young member of royalty) that gets kidnapped at night, put into a steampunk mecha, and taken into a different ...
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What is the precise definition of 'Steampunk'?

What's Steampunk? I've heard the term tossed around but I'm not sure what it means. I've seen some Steampunk websites and pictures of costumes at SF conventions but I don't get what the movement is ...