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The retro version of "cyberpunk" (a futuristic, online delinquent). Coined by science fiction author K.W. Jeter, steampunk novels combine high-tech fantasy with Victorian era surroundings. In addition, people like to use the steampunk theme with modern electronics, making them look like they were built in the 19th century. See cyberpunk.

Your Average Desktop Computer
This creation from Jake von Slatt's Steampunk Workshop looks like a computer from 1870. Steampunk enthusiasts delight in retrofitting old designs onto new equipment, and von Slatt is a master at it (visit (Image courtesy of Jake von Slatt.)

The Telecalculograph
Starting with a standard PC case, Jake Hildebrandt's Telecalculograph is a very realistic computer from the 1800s! The LEDs on the "furnace" door at the bottom simulate fire, but are, in fact, working performance indicators. The mouse at the top is particularly unique. (Images courtesy of Jake W. Hildebrandt,

The Spirit Harvester
Although much smaller, WillRockwell's steampunk is reminiscent of Reverend Silas Champworth's Spirt Harvester; fully 12 feet high in the early 1900s. Champworth built the machine believing that plasma images were lost souls needing salvation. (Image courtesy of WillRockwell,

iPhone/iPad Steampunk
Using horns to amplify the sound, Chris Locke's innovative designs make Apple boom boxes the old fashioned way. (Images courtesy of Christopher Locke,

Real Steampunk in the Victorian Era
Illustrated in the late 1800s, this scene of automated dining was fantasy in the Victorian era. Artist unknown. (Image courtesy of Rosemont Engineering.)
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Steampunk Wizards is an innovative software and design company from Malta, developing and commercializing digital games and other software in the entertainment industry.
The romantic touches make his story a gaslight romance as much as a steampunk fantasy.
Alguns itens sao considerados basicos para o repertorio steampunk, como engrenagens de relogio, googles, armas modificadas, chapeus, botas, corsets, submarinos, zepelins, relogios de bolso, bussolas, entre outros tantos objetos.
London, Jan 20 ( ANI ): Steampunk, once a cultish mix of sci-fi, steam and Victoriana in films and books, is now set to take over the world of fashion.
Hitman isn't the first sneaker, but it is one of the best, and its modern-day setting is likely to appeal to those who dislike steampunk or historical action.
Drawn mostly from the last decade, titles are organized by areas of interest--story, character, setting, mood, and language--then by theme, such as historical fantasy, fairy tales, demons, plagues, vampires, paranormal powers, werewolves, zombies, aliens, schools, medieval fantasy, parallel universes, steampunk, time travel, ghosts, monsters, gothic fantasy, humor, fantasy chick lit, graphic novels, short story collections, first-person narratives, audiobooks, adult/teen crossovers, and epic fantasy and science fiction.
Before Punchdrunk's wildly popular Sleep No More came to NYC, there was another immersive dance-theater experience wherein spectators trail performers through murky corridors and lavishly decked-out rooms: Third Rail Projects' Steampunk Haunted House.
Steampunk is a type of storytelling that blends the culture and feel of the late 19th century or very early 20th century with more modern science.
The steampunk movement -- whose followers dress the part -- pays homage to an aesthetic that's part Victorian, part science fiction.
This series has to be one of the best reads available to steampunk fans and adventure seekers alike.
Photographer Mycroft Milverton adds a steampunk feel to the green laser beam connecting FACT with the Tate in his photo.
Driven by nostalgia for a vision of a future that never came to pass, and by an attendant obsession with obscure and obsolete technology, steampunk has since become a widespread trope in literature, music, and popular culture at large.