So, while I may not write in the steampunk subgenre myself, I do enjoy reading it. Perhaps someday I’ll attempt a story set in a steampunk world.
Anyway, my little sister wrote a very informative article on the genre of steampunk, much better than I could’ve worded it.
If you’re curious about steampunk, I think she does a great way of summarizing it simply. Or perhaps that the sisterly bias talking. Or perhaps it’s just made of awesome. You decide.