The term Steampunk originally referred to a literary sub-genre that is usually science fiction or fantasy based, set in the Victorian – Industrial era and infused with futuristic innovations that may have been envisioned at this time. Steampunk is a rejection of the 20th century power sources (diesel, gas, and electrical and nuclear) and speculates on how our world would be different if steam power had become the driving force behind our culture, and not modernized technology. Everything steam punk needs to appear as though it follows an altered time-line. In this altered time-line gas and other power sources never took over the steam engine. Think mechanical, steam powered or magnetic, magic power sources.
The Steampunk sub-culture is a social movement characterized by the return of 19th Century fashion coupled with pre-modern imaginative technology. Steampunk fashion revolves around Victorian era garb: corsets and waistcoats, top hats and mini-top hats, bustles and brocades, goggles, gears and clocks, weaponry, leather and lace and brass. Steampunkers accept that everyday items can perform unconventional tasks. For example, a pocket watch would double as a time machine, or a compass could navigate you through the stars. Examples of Steampunk literature: Jules Verne’s, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Wild Wild West, The Time Machine, The Golden Compass, Hugo, Hunger Games.