Steampunk. If you're like me, you no idea what that means. You just know that it's some genre of books. So what is steampunk? I went to my resident expert on all that I don't know (Google) to find out.

Steampunk is a sub-genre of fiction set in past centuries -- commonly the Victorian era or the Old West -- but uses modern or sci-fi-type technology. Often steam power technology is also involved.

Some examples of steampunk according to this website:

1. The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling

2. The Age of Unreason by J. Gregory Keyes (a four-book series)

3. The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers

4. A Nomad of the Time Streams by Michael Moorcock (a trilogy)

5. The Pesawar Lancers by S.M. Stirling

6. Perdido Street Station by China Mieville

7. His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman (personally, I don't see it...)

8. Morlock Night by K.W. Jeter

9. The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson

10. Clockwork Heart by Dru Pagliassotti

There. I hope that cleared that up for some of us...


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