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What Is Steampunk?
Steampunk is a sub-genre of fantasy and speculative fiction that came into prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s. The term denotes works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used. Usually the 19th century, and often Victorian era England, but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy.
- Victorian Era Timeline
- 1837 – – Queen Victoria ascends to the throne Charles Dickens published The Pickwick Papers and gained instant notariety
- 1838 — Charles Dickens published Oliver Twist Brunel built the “Great Western, a paddle steamer. Made the Bristol/New York crossing in under 15 days.
- 1840 — Queen Victorian married her cousin Prince Albert The Penny Post went into effect
- 1843 — Charles Dickens publishes A Christmas Carol. Sold out completely in 6 days.
- 1844 — The potato famine began in Ireland
- 1845 — Brunel built the S. S. Great Britain, the first propeller driven steamship.
- 1849 — Charles Dickens published David Copperfield.
- 1851 — The Great Exhibition of 1851 was held at the Crystal Palace which was especially built to house this exhibition. Six million tickets sold
- 1853 — Crimean war breaks out
- 1854 — Florence Nightgale goes to Crimea to organize the nursing during the war
- 1856 — Crimean war ends
- 1859 — Charles Dickens published A Tale of Two Cities which was based on the French Revolution of 1789 Brunel dies Charles Darwin published the controversial “Origin of the Species”
- 1860 — Florence Nightgale published the first nursing textbooks Charles Dickens published Great Expectations, considered to be his best novel
- 1862 — Prince Albert died from Typhoid fever at the age of 42
- 1867 — Disraeli introduces a law giving voting rights to taxpayers.
- 1868 — Disraeli became Prime Minister, at post only a few months. Last shipment of criminals from England to Australia.
- 1870 — Charles Dickens dies.
- 1874 — Disraeli became Prime Minister for second time and governs until 1880
- 1875 — Disraeli purchases Suez Canal shares gaining the controlling interest for Britain
- 1876 — Disraeli gives the title “Empress of India” to Queen Victoria
- 1877 — The telephone, the invention of Alexander Graham Bell, became available Thomas Edison invented the phonograph. First recording and playback was “Mary had a little lamb”
- 1879 — The electric light bulb was invented by American Thomas Edison
- 1881 — Disraeli died
- 1885 — First automobile built by Karl Benz
- 1888 — Jack the Ripper terrorized the East End of London
- 1893 — New Zealand became first country to give women the right to vote
- 1901 — Queen Victoria dies