from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A subgenre of speculative science fiction set in an anachronistic 19th century society.
  • n. A person cosplaying as a steampunk character.
  • v. To depict in a steampunk manner.


steam +‎ -punk, by analogy to cyberpunk (Wiktionary)



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  • "steampunk is nothing more than what happens when goths discover brown" (Charles Stross)

    November 6, 2010

  • "Item of SF terminology coined in the late 1980s, on the analogy of cyberpunk, to describe the modern subgenre whose SF events take place against a 19th-century background." --Encylcopedia of Science Fiction, 1161.

    March 30, 2009

  • Half the excitement about the online steampunk revival seems to source from the fact that it's only been done once before. That's what it comes to, in the anachronesis condition: it's exciting because it's only a bit old.

    Warren Ellis,

    October 22, 2007