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A term coined in the late 1980s by K. W. Jeter, by analogy to cyberpunk, to indicate a modern SF sub-genre.

The term refers to SF stories that take place against a 19th Century background, usually involving steam-powered machinery.

Writers who have written steampunk stories include Howard Waldrop, Steven Utley, James P. Blaylock, K. W. Jeter, Tim Powers, Bruce Sterling, and William Gibson. The latter two writers are also closely identified with cyberpunk SF. More recent steampunk works include Rudy Rucker's The Hollow Earth and Paul di Filippo's The Steampunk Trilogy.

Victorian London is often the setting for steampunk stories. (IA) SF Encyclopedia entry

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