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PostPosted: 16 Oct 2009, 12:04 
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This is inspired by cyberpunk, defined as

Wikipedia wrote:
Cyberpunk is a science fiction genre noted for its focus on "high tech and low life". The name, derived from cybernetics and punk, was originally developed as a marketing term and coined by Bruce Bethke in his short story "Cyberpunk" published in 1983, but popularized well before its publication by editor Gardner Dozois. It features advanced science such as information technology and cybernetics, coupled with a degree of breakdown or a radical change in the social order. According to Lawrence Person:

"Classic cyberpunk characters were marginalized, alienated loners who lived on the edge of society in generally dystopic futures where daily life was impacted by rapid technological change, an ubiquitous datasphere of computerized information, and invasive modification of the human body."


This genre of science fiction has spawned steampunk and numerous other similar literary punk genres of speculative fiction; several of which are also described in All Sorts of Punk: Cyberpunk, Timepunk, and Mythpunk.

Timepunk is based on the technology of some time period. Timepunk stories typically feature people putting to work advanced versions of the technology of some particular time period. Thus, characters in a steampunk world could work with big mechanical computers, something like Charles Babbage's proposed Difference and Analytical Engines.

Stonepunk, featuring Stone Age technology, like The Flintstones or Jean Auel's Earth's Children series.

Bronzepunk, featuring Bronze Age technology, like the Pharaonic Egyptian Old, Middle, and New Kingdoms, and the Minoans and Mycenaeans of the eastern Mediterranean.

Sandalpunk, classicpunk, or ironpunk features Iron Age technology, like the classical Greco-Roman world.

Castlepunk, candlepunk, middlepunk, plaguepunk, or dungeon punk features late medieval technology.

Clockpunk features Renaissance technology, clocks and all.

Steampunk features 19th-cy. technology, complete with lots of steam engines. It is inspired by the Industrial-Revolution, Regency, Victorian, and Edwardian periods of England, and was the first of the alternate-punk genres to appear.

Dieselpunk features early 20th-cy. technology, complete with lots of diesel engines.

Atomicpunk is a takeoff of the 1950's and the development of nuclear technology back then. Versions in which the Nazis survived are called Nazipunk and blitzpunk.

Transistorpunk or psychedelicpunk are takeoffs of the 1960's and its technology and styles.

Spacepunk often includes "sword and space" and "retrofuturism" (what people from several decades ago imagined the future to be like).


Cyberpunk itself has spawned an offshoot called post-cyberpunk, which typically has a more-optimistic and less-alienated style, and also genres like biopunk with lots of biotechnology and nanopunk with lots of nanotechnology.


Elsewhere are such genres as

Mythpunk, with lots of mythological and folklore themes, archetypes, etc.

Elfpunk, featuring elves, fairies, dragons, etc. in a modern urban setting.

Mannerspunk, featuring elaborate social hierarchies and complex traditions in a fantasy setting.


And finally, there is splatterpunk, a horror version.


I'm reminded of L. Sprague deCamp's novel Lest Darkness Fall. It could almost be called castlepunk; it is about someone who gets sent back in time and tries to introduce some modern technology.


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PostPosted: 16 Oct 2009, 12:29 
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ah, but steampunk holds a special place in my and Hex's hearts...

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