Steam-powered, post-apocalyptic Victorianism at its "finest."
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Steampunk is a sub-culture of cosplay enthusiasts centered around the combining of steampower, Victorian era Britain, and futuristic technology. Costumes are generally of the British Victorian era, but are adorned with wires, gadgets, and various styles of handmade plastic firearms that are stylisticly anachronistic. Most that participate consider that the era of steampunk is an alternate timeline of 19th century Britain, in which steam power is the highest power of the world.
Steampunk was inspired by the literary works of Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, Mark Twain, and Mary Shelley. The book Titus Alone, by Mervyn Peake, began the in-depth explaination of the genre. One of the earliest mainstream manifestations of steampunk was the CBS television series The Wild Wild West.
The term "steampunk" originated sometime in the 1980's as a sort of snarky term for another type of sub-culture (cyberpunk). It is noted to have started in the 1960's and 1970's, but not genuinely recognized until the mid 80's. The term "steampunk" was first coined by esteemed science fiction author K. W. Jeter.
Very popular amongst cosplay enthusiasts.
- Has been around since the 1960's.
- Many enthusiasts spend an inordinate amount of money creating costumes and gadgets
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