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Steampunk 101: 15 Must-Read Novels

By Matt Heckler Dec 5, 2013

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The Time Machine by H.G. Wells (1895)

Although the Victorian aesthetic of modern steampunk is a throwback, H.G. Wells’ stories were set in Victorian England because that’s where he lived! The overall feel of his work, specifically The Time Machine, are considered by just about everybody to be the origins of steampunk as a genre. Back then, it was just regular old “science fiction”, but The Time Machine really laid the groundwork for the subgenre we now all know and love.

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Matt Heckler

Matt Heckler is a writer, book critic, musician, movie nerd, sci-fi aficionado, and awesome beard haver from Chicago. When he isn't writing for The MindHut, he is drinking tasty beverages and working on his first novel. Follow him on Twitter @androiddreamer!

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