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includes the full text of Pictorial Key to the Steampunk Tarot by Charissa Drengsen
‚ÄúSteampunk‚ÄĚ (term coined by K. W. Jeter in a letter to Locus Magazine, in April 1987) is now a full-blown 21st Century subculture that embraces a vision of a futuristic, alternate-universe (perhaps post-apocalyptic) Victorian/Edwardian age featuring brass and copper steam-powered inventions that go far beyond 1800's technology. This world includes mechanical wonders such as gear-driven computers, modern dirigibles, modded clockwork, time machines and flying contraptions. Influenced by a range of literature from Jules Verne and H. G. Wells to Lemony Snicket and Alan Moore, steampunk is often associated with cyberpunk but tends to be less dystopian.
I do not pretend to be an authority on what is and what is not steampunk. Personally, I think anyone who pretends expertise is treading on dangerous ground. The steampunk subculture is a ">