Steam Punk is genre of Science Fiction that has been developed over the last thirty years. The cookie Cutter definition of Steampunk is that of a story set in Victorian England where there is advanced steam powered technology. This however do just to the rich fantasy world based steampunk.
The technology featured in a steampunk story may include analog computers, automatons/clockwork men, and airships however this is only covers a small fraction of what can accurately be considered steampunk.
An examination of the following subtypes of steampunk stories lend towards a better understanding of steampunk works as a whole.
Steampunk Alternate History
This subtype is generally set in Victoria England where something explained or unexplained has happened to create a alternate history.
The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack
Mark Hodder This is the most historically thorough of any alternate history Steampunk Book. The entire series starts out from the point where history was changed by a mad man named Spring Heeled Jack. From then on the reader gets to see the world evolve into wonderfully strange steampunked history.
Boneshaker Cherie Priest
Could be almost in a separate sub category American Steampunk This alternative history steampunk differs from Spring Heeled Jack how and why history is different isn’t part of the story. As an example Seattle is larger than it shoudl have been in that time period.
Perdido Street Station China Mieville
The Half Made World Felix Gillman
Scar Night Alan Campbell
Darwinia Robert Charles Wilson
The Diamond Age: Or, a Young Lady’s Illustrated PrimerNeal Stephenson