Steampunk is a subgenre of speculative fiction that blends elements of Victorian-era aesthetics and technology with retro-futuristic concepts. It is characterized by an alternate history where steam power has remained the primary source of energy, resulting in the development of advanced machinery and devices powered by steam. Steampunk often incorporates elements of science fiction, fantasy, and alternate history, taking inspiration from the works of authors like H.G. Wells and Jules Verne.
The visual style of steampunk combines Victorian fashion, architecture, and industrial design with imaginative technology, such as airships, clockwork automatons, and intricate mechanical contraptions. Steampunk settings often depict a world where the lines between magic and science are blurred, and the spirit of exploration, invention, and discovery is celebrated.