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The Steampunk Adventurer's Guide: Contraptions, Creations, and Curiosities Anyone Can Make by Thomas Willeford

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Chapter 1What Is Steampunk?

People ask me all the time, “What is Steampunk?” Well, according the Oxford English Dictionary, Steampunk is defined as “a genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery, rather than advanced technology.” That is the answer you would write on a test in school, but I don’t think it really covers it.

What is Steampunk? Well, my goggle-curious friends, it’s the answer to the question, “What if….” What if what we think of as our history is completely wrong? What if Ben Franklin spent more time in the laboratory and less time goofing off in Paris? What if H. G. Wells was a reporter instead of a science fiction writer? What if the library of Alexandria had not been destroyed and science had a bit ...

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