Here’s a nice article on steampunk — its definition, origins in early sci-fi, and even a confirmed description of the origin of the term which I hadn’t heard before, but probably should have. It also contains a list of steampunk movies and video games which does not include John Carter, but probably should. Otherwise, a pretty good read.
One of the advantages of flying a zeppelin is that no one hears you coming.
Like the inflatable airships that frequently appear in its stories, the alternate history genre of steampunk quietly has been sneaking into more and more books, video games, movies and fan conventions in recent years.
Steampunk, which offers a reimagined take on the 19th century, has been around for decades, but the genre has been showing up in unexpected places lately.
“Every time you think steampunk has gone away, it gets stronger,” said Daniel Valdez, 29, a steampunk costume artist and smart-home designer from Huntsville, Ala.
“It transcends not just age groups but cultures, too,” he said. “It can fit into anyone’s love of sci-fi.”
On June 12, classic rock band Rush released “Clockwork Angels,” a concept project that tells the story of a young man’s adventures in a steampunk-inspired world. In 2010, ABC comedy-drama “Castle” aired “Punked,” an episode that focused on the genre’s underground popularity in New York City.
In 2004, Susanna Clarke’s steampunk novel, “Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell,” about a return of magic to Victorian England, was named Time Magazine’s Best Fiction Book of the Year. Clarke’s novel reached the No. 3 spot on the New York Times bestseller list, on which it remained for 11 weeks.