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A popular idea is that H. G. Wells and Jules Verne were the originators of steampunk. This is not really true. Despite its anachronistic veneer, steampunk is a very contemporary genre expressing contemporary interests and concerns.
Wells, Verne, Shelly and others are important sources of inspiration for steampunk but they are not steampunk authors themselves.
They wrote in a nineteenth century or nineteen century inspired setting because that’s when they lived. For a modern writer full of current ideas to choose such a setting is a totally different thing.
There are isolated examples of writers revisiting Victorian settings throughout sci-fi’s history but steampunk as a word and concept has a clear origin in a letter to the science fiction trade journal Locus published in April 1987.
K. W. Jeter invented the word “steam-punks” to describe authors of “Gonzo-historical” “Victorian fantasies” While the word “steampunk” wasn’t coined until 1987 there were other intersections of quasi-history and science fiction in comics, television, film and occasionally books.
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