Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction, fantasy, alternate history and speculative fiction that came into prominence during the 1980's and the early 1990's. Steampunk involves a setting where steam power is still widely used such as Victorian-era Britain or "wild West"-era United States, that incorporates elements of either science fiction or fantasy. Works of steampunk often feature anachronistic technology or futuristic innovations as Victorians may have envisioned them, based on a Victorian perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, art etc. This technology includes such fictional machines as those found in the works of H.G Wells and Jules Verne, or the contemporary authors Phillip Pullman and China Mieville.
Other examples of stempunk contain alternative history style presentations of such technologies as lighter-than-air airships, analog computers, or such digital mechanical computers as Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace's Analytical engine.
Various modern utilitarian objects have been modded by individual artisans into a pseudo- Victorian mechanical "steampunk" style, and a number od visual and musical artists have been described as steampunk.