Steampunk (long answer [a la Wikipedia]): Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery, especially in a setting inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century. Therefore, steampunk works are often set in an alternative history of the 19th century’s British Victorian era or American “Wild West”, in a post-apocalyptic future during which steam power has regained mainstream use, or in a fantasy world that similarly employs steam power.
Steampunk perhaps most recognizably features anachronistic technologies or retro-futuristic inventions as people in the 19th century might have envisioned them, and is likewise rooted in the era’s perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, and art.
Steampunk (short answer): Victorian science fiction.
What fascinates me, what tweaks the old interest and gets the heart to go pit-a-pat…
Are the costumes!
A delightful mix of past and future.
Costumes as opposed to outfits.
Go to any Comic-Con convention or similar get-together and you will see wonderful examples of Steampunk cosplay.
And the jewellry!
And let’s not forget the accessories!
And the weaponry!
Don’t leave the manor without it!
A dear friend of mine, TMcG, shares my passion for steampunk fashion.
I love sharing photos with her whenever I get the chance.
It’s comforting to know there are people who share your weird interests.
So until next time, my little geeks and nerdlings…
Damn the torpedos! Full speed ahead!! 
 I wouldn’t be the turbo-nerd that I am without mentioning that the quote “Damn the torpedoes. Full speed ahead!” is a paraphrase of the famous order issued by Admiral David Farragut during the American Civil War Battle of Mobile Bay. The actual order was, “Damn the torpedoes! Four bells. Captain Drayton, go ahead! Jouett, full speed!”