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Discussion: Steampunk and Fantasy

Steampunk Fantasy

Today’s topic comes from QSFer Freddy MacKay:

Steampunk AKA The Red Headed step child of SF and why a fantasy world with steam is not steampunk. AKA what caused it to get shoved into fantasy.

It’s a fascinating question. We have all these sub genres, but some seem to be more dominant:

Science Fiction
Fantasy
Paranormal
Horror

While some seem relegated to secondary status and have to be shoved into one of the “master” genres:

Steampunk
Superheroes
Shifters
Post Apocalyptic

So who decides these things? And with genre boundaries blurring ever more, is it time to reshuffle how we think about them?

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