Steampunk: What in the hell is it, really?

Chronicles of Harriet

Steampunk: What in the hell is it, really?

Many will argue that when H. G. Wells was writing, people believed in the possibility of time machines, making animals sentient and traveling to the center of the earth and finding live dinosaurs down there.

Now, if what H. G. Wells wrote was science fiction and most people agree that – along with Jules Verne – Wells created the model for anachronistic fiction (i.e. Steampunk, Dieselpunk and the like), then is Steampunk science fiction?

Yet, you find Steampunk on the fantasy bookshelves, not the science fiction ones. Unless, of course, the Science Fiction and Fantasy titles are, annoyingly, combined onto one set of shelves, a la Barnes and Noble.

So, is steampunk science fiction, or is it fantasy? 

For those of you unfamiliar with the term, “Steampunk”, please check out, or

The Difference between Science Fiction and Fantasy


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