The word "Steampunk" has been on a lot of writer's lips since the genre began spilling over recently. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld, Boneshaker by Cherie Priest, Soulless and Changeless by Gail Carriger -- these are just a few of the steampunk novels that have risen to attention among the wider community of readers.
With those works in the public eye, and numerous pubbed and unpubbed writers (yours truly included), discussing what the genre is, I thought it might be a good idea to go over the works and authors that have influenced what we now call Steampunk.
Over the course of the next two weeks, I'll go through the styles, authors, and stories whose aesthetic, themes, and settings all blended together into what we now call Steampunk. Follow me on the journey if you care to, and I promise I'll try to make it interesting.