K.W. Jeter, a science fiction author, invented the word “steampunk” in the late 1980s to define a genre of science fiction that generally involves steam-powered technology and futuristic designs inspired by 19th century industrial culture. So, what exactly is steampunk? The name is a combination of two words: “steam” and “punk.” The usage of steam power as a fundamental feature in the steampunk genre is referred to as “steam,” while “punk” alludes to the punk subculture that originated in the 1970s and is recognized for its DIY ethic and anti-establishment stance. These two words combine to form a genre that is both futuristic and nostalgic, combining elements of nineteenth-century industrial civilization with current technology and imagination.
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