I spent an hour on-line last night at a SHU chat for the MFA program. There were four chat rooms to go into and I picked the chat on Steampunk. Steampunk is a new trend that is crossing genres in popular fiction. It is typically set in the Victorian age-1841 to 1910. There are many twists to the history-for instance, Charles Darwin's son could be Prime Minister of England. Or wars could have been won by those who lost. The idea being to take the wonder of the industrial revolution, the inventor spirit, and create new stories inside this world. Think of the 1960's TV series, Wild, Wild West, or the movie the Presidio, or the latest Sherlock Holmes and anything Jules Vern.
Clockworks and steam run this world. Characters are inventors and scientists as well as Zeppelin pilots and dashing adventurers like Indiana Jones. Steampunk has a big following of fans who meet for conventions and create their own versions of technology and wear modified Victorian costumes. There are Steampunk romances, Steampunk detective novels, Steampunk YA, Steampunk Paranormal, and more.
It is a fun and interesting world to explore and write about. Definitely a fantastic chat to attend. Cheers~