A subgenre of science fiction and fantasy featuring advanced machines and other technology based on steam power of the 19th century and taking place in a recognizable historical period or a fantasy world.
Steampunk combines the best of Victorian elegance with adventurous, bizarre inventions that could easily have sprung from the mind of Jules Verne. It is a world where steam powered gizmos have brought forth a culture all their own. Continuously evolving, steampunk encompasses science fiction and elements of popular culture - including zombies, dirigibles, mad scientists, and Western gunslingers. For some, the lifestyle of corsets and cravats, ray guns and rocket ships illustrates and represents a favorable era that counters the sterile technology of modern times.