Tee Morris rightfully had his suspenders in a bunch when he wrote this blog entry. Steampunk is a bit hard to swallow enough as it is, but there are some punks who are so zealous they want to create more subgenres.
Morris provides a list of the invading subgenres.
Sailpunk is life at sea with pirates and exploration.
Ricepunk substitutes electricity for gunpowder and fire as sources of energy.
The pre-digital age (1945-1965) including the Space Age and mid-century modernism belongs to atompunk.
Teslapunk is busy dabbling in electrical energy as a means of replacing all other primitive sources of fuel (coal, wood, oil, steam) without being replaced by another power source such as nuclear or diesel power.
Stonepunk is legitimately some kind of backwards “Land of the Lost” where primitive materials meet advanced technology in pre-historic times. I’m getting weird images in my head of Fred Flintstone exploding into the air with a jetpack made of rocks and a pterodactyl.
Morris saw these subgenres as “splitting hairs,” but it’s all creative and people enjoy it so I’m okay with them. I would boil down these subgenres into basic science fiction or steampunk with a twist of paint thinner.
It seems that many people don’t even know about these subgenres or they can’t adequately explain what they are with supported literature or films.
Before you know it, there will be puddingpunk and leonardodicapriopunk (which won’t win any Oscars).