Genre Directory

All the genres & sub-genres in handy-to-browse listings.

Steampunk

Typically set in an alternate Victorian era or the American Wild West, where steam power remained the dominant technological force. Steampunk in fantasy often combines magic with industrial steam-powered machinery in an alternate history setting. Steampunk is a genre where the past meets the future in a cloud of steam and gears. It's like Jules Verne and H.G. Wells got into a fistfight and ripped each other's pocket watches off. Zeppelins float through smog-choked skies as mad scientists tinker with fantastical contraptions powered by coal and clockwork. Corsets and top hats abound as dapper gents and adventuress ladies solve dastardly mysteries with the help of outlandish technology. It's history gone awesomely awry, where nostalgia and innovation collide in a spectacular crash of style and imagination. Airships! Mechanical wonders! What's not to love about corsets, goggles, and gears? So throw on your best waistcoat, grab your parasol, and prepare for thrilling escapades in a retro-futuristic world where romance and danger lurk around every cobblestoned corner. Tally ho!

  • Pasquale's Angel by Paul J. McAuley
  • Pasquale's Angel by Paul J. McAuley