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Specific books that influenced steampunk were 'A Journey to the Centre of the Earth' written by Verne in 1864, 'From the Earth to the Moon' and 'Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea' both by Jules Verne and the later 'The Time Machine', 'The Island of Doctor Moreau' and 'The War of the Worlds' by H.G. Wells and the darker 1897 classic 'Dracula' by Bram Stoker.
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But there is also a whole steampunk culture with followers adopting lifestyle choices including a philosophy, fashion, interior design, music, books and film. It could be called neo-Victorianism, joining the Victorian era with modern technology.
"Steampunk is more than just brass and watchparts. It's finding a way to combine the past and the future in an aesthetic pleasing yet still punkish way. It's living a life that looks old-fashioned, yet speaks to the future. It's taking the detritus of our modern technological society and remaking it into useful things." The Steampunk Home
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- A Journey to the Centre of the Earth
- The Steampunk Bible: An Illustrated Guide to the World of Imaginary Airships, Corsets and Goggles, Mad Scientists, and Strange Literature
- The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells
- The Island of Dr. Moreau (Unrated Director's Cut)
- The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
- Dracula: Complete, Original Text by Bram Stoker