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The allure of steampunk

The allure of steampunk

Who here loves Jules Verne, H.G. Wells and Mary Shelley? Well, guess what? You're probably already a steampunk fan.

The genre, which has roots in the 1980s and '90s, but has only recently become more mainstream, is, in my opinion, all about the fascination with history, science and what might have been. More specifically, steampunk literature focuses on the Victorian era, soon after Industrial Revolution changed everyone's lives, and all the possibility that entailed.

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In essence, it's focusing science fiction sensibilities toward the past, instead of to the future.

And there's plenty of actual history to support the genre. Whether you're talking about Mark Twain and his legendary friendship with inventor Nikola Tesla, or Ada Lovelace, known to the world as the first computer programmer, a countess and, oh yeah, Lord Byron's daughter -- the worlds of science and literature meshed in ways at the turn of the 19th century that would leave today's science fiction fans positively giddy.

Just imagine Stephen King hanging out with Stephen Hawking, and you've got a pretty good approximation.

So if you've heard rumblings about this steampunk business, but it just sounded a bit too ridiculous to explore, do yourself a favor and check out a few of these authors:

Enjoy!

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