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A Complete Guide In All Timepunks For Your Writing

Updated on May 7, 2019
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Metromaine is a dieselpunk, cybergoth and post apocalyps enthusiast. And well-read on said subjects. He also have a thing for history.

Steampunk is a genre in witch the steam technology advanced way faster than the culture back when steam was all the rage, set in the Victorian/industrial revolution era.

You have probably already heard of dieselpunk from 20s to the 40s and cyberpunk in the future. But have you heard of Jadepunk from the Qing dynasty, or Togapunk from ancient Greece?

I will explain for you here all the timepunks I could find roaming the internet, dated pre-historic to the far future. And in the end, I will explain all the timepunks I couldn’t find i.e. the ones that I made up myself because I want them around.

Timepunk Explained

Take dieselpunk for example and take it apart to diesel and punk. The punk part (not to confuse with the punk subculture from the 70s - 80s) says that when the time when the prefix (diesel) was in the rise, the culture stays still.

And the diesel part says this kind of technology sky-rockets in development.

Think like the knowledge about development exists. But the current time limits the resources.

As for dieselpunk, you gets a world coated in diesel soot and combustion engines everywhere. A world in fear of dying in the WWII (or in the years after it), and petroleum fuel powering anything. And everybody is wearing brown suits with hats.

Lets take a timepunk you never heard about, the plaguepunk. Think of the time when the plague was all the fear, the medieval. Stone blocks constructs the city, and for every human, you have a rat or crow. Every second human wears a plague-mask. In this world, maybe there is an antidote that everyone carries with them in form of shots? Or plague-based weapons?

Your imagination sets the limits. In your plaguepunk world, you are the God.

Pre-Historic

Name
Keyword
Time
Location
Stonepunk
Stone age, Flintstone, Neolithic, Neanderthal
40 000 BC – 3 000 BC
Northern Europe
Bronzepunk
Bronze age, The first wars, Ancient Egypt
3 000 BC – 500 BC
Europe and Egypt
Classicpunk
Western Antiquity, Classical era
3 000 BC – 500 AD
Western/central Europe
Sandalpunk
Ancient Rome
753 BC – 476 AD
Rome
Togapunk
Ancient Greece
700 BC – 300 BC
Greece
Ironpunk
Iron age, Vikings
500 BC – 1050 AD
Northern Europe
  • Stonepunk – The Flintstone is such a prime example. A modern world set in the Stone Age. They have cars, cinemas and machinery made of stones, wood and dinosaurs.
  • Bronzepunk – The pre-historic era right after the Stone Age. The era where civilization starts to rise worldwide. The bronze age when war was a thing. Armor, swords and shields of bronze. (The Bronzepunk is worldwide, but only has northern Europe and Egypt. Central Europe and Mediterranean have their own timepunks).
  • Classicpunk – The Bronze Age from central Europe. It’s like in the northern, but with fewer boats and more horses. Maybe you think of cars, not dragged by, but powered by horses? Or you think if the French comic Asterix with Miraculix making potions for strength?
  • Sandalpunk – The world filled with gladiators and wars. Sandalpunk is a subgenre of bronzepunk where the romans goes to war.
  • Togapunk – A world ruled by Zeus, Poseidon and all the other Gods of the Olympic. The subgenre of bronzepunk filled with godlike powers of Hercules.
  • Ironpunk – The time when the Northern Europe catches up with the civilization. Vikings, trades over seas and brutal wars forms the world.

Medieval

Name
Keyword
Time
Date
Middlepunk AKA Castlepunk or Candlepunk
Medieval Europe
400 AD – 1400 AD
Europe
Dungeonpunk
Medieval Europe, Medieval Fantasy, Adventures
400 AD – 1400 AD
Europe
Plaguepunk
Medieval Europe, Black Death, Plague, Horror
400 AD – 1400 AD
Europe
Dragonpunk
Medieval Europe, High Fantasy, J.R.R. Tolkien
400 AD – 1400 AD
Europe
  • Middlepunk – Also known as Castlepunk or Candlepunk. The timepunk for the medieval age. The king rules the kingdom as he chooses. You pay your taxes and goes to church. The preferred building material is stone. Maybe you think if Cinderella with mechanical horses driven by mice’s carrying a gothic wagon in cast iron with a pumpkin theme, when you think of this world? I’m sure I am.
  • Dungeonpunk – A middlepunk subgenre with a little more fantasy and emphasizing adventure. If you retell Cinderella again, give more focus to the fantastic mice’s when the sew the dress and tell it like an adventure story.
  • Plaguepunk – Explained above in the “Timepunk Explained”, but here goes again. A middlepunk subgenre with more horror due to the black death. Back to Cinderella. The stepmother and the sisters are so harsh to Cinderella because she has the plague and is going to die. The plague already took her parents.
  • Dragonpunk – When “a little more fantasy” in dungeonpunk isn’t good enough, go for dragonpunk, the high fantasy genre. Following the Cinderella example, Cinderella finds a dragon egg and keeps it a secret and breeds it. And when the sisters push her aside to try the shoe, the dragon comes to the rescue. And the dress was sewn by magic, not mice’s.

Renaissance

Name
Keyword
Time
Location
Clockpunk
Renaissance, Early Baroque, Leonardo Da Vinci, Galileo
1400 – 1600
Europe
Oceanpunk
Age of Sail, Columbus
1490 – 1860
Global Sea
Piratepunk
Age of Sail, Golden Age of Piracy
1650 - 1720
Global Sea
  • Clockpunk – The time when the Medieval has passed. Now awaits a time of discovering. Breaking news, the world is round, and there is a universe above the sky. Leonardo Da Vinci paints air-machines, Isaak Newton studies forces and gravitation, and Galileo watches the sky. The clock, selfpowered, is a reality. Think of Leonardo’s blueprints became realities, and powers by clockworks and a pendulum.
  • Oceanpunk – The East India Company rules the sea. If you can’t sail, you are a nobody. Christopher Columbus tries to find a shortcut to India and ends up in America. In this timepunk, I think of sailing aircraft-carriers with a catapult- and gun-powder launch-system.
  • Piratepunk – If there is peaceful traders at sea, there are those that likes to take and not trade. And those are criminals. Criminals at sea calls pirates, but you already knows that. Piratepunk is a subgenre of oceanpunk, fueled with rum and a taste for gold. At the secret pirate-docks, they drinks and gambles. And in the swamps they visits their voodoo-priest for good fortune.

Revolution

Name
Keyword
Time
Location
Rococopunk
Baroque, Rococo, Colonial, Marie Antoinette, French Revolution, Benjamin Franklin, American Revolution
1730 – 1790
France and America
Rococoa
Rococopunk focusing on black history
1712 – 1790
America
  • Rococopunk – Rococo is an art-style from France, and the time is the time for revolution for both France and America. This style is often highly ornate and often extravagant. The people of France hates Marie Antoinette and she is about to get executed by decapitation. America want to get independent and France want lower taxes.
  • Rococoa – The American Revolution is a huge milestone in black history. And there is a subgenre under rococopunk for that.

Industrial Revolution

Name
Keyword
Time
Location
Edopunk
Japanese steampunk, Edo Period
1600 – 1870
Japan
Jadepunk
Chinese Steampunk, War-based, Later Half of Qing
1800 – 1912
China
Silkpunk
Chinese Steampunk, Peace-based, Later Half of Qing
1800 – 1912
China
Steampunk
Regency, Victorian, Edwardian, Art Nouveau, Industrial Revolution
1830 – 1899
America, Europe
Steamfunk
Steampunk focusing on black history, sometimes combined with 1970s funk elements
1830 – 1899
America
Steamgoth
Dark Steampunk Focusing on Horror/Goth
1830 – 1899
America, Europe
Stitchpunk
Steampunk with less machinery, more stitching and rag dolls
1830 – 1899
America, Europe
Nerfpunk
Steampunk in Bright Nerf Gun Color
1830 – 1899
America, Europe
Fairypunk
Fairytales retold in steampunk
1830 – 1899
Europe
Gauchopunk
South American Cowboy
1850 – 1899
South America
Cattlepunk AKA Weird West
American Cowboy, American Indian, Wild West
1860 – 1890
North America
Dustpunk
Cattlepunk But Over More Time-eras, Not bound to America
1860 – Future
America, Africa, Australia
Desertpunk
Dustpunk In a Desert, Post Apocalyptic
1880 – 1899
America, Europe
Teslapunk
Replaces Steam with Electricity in Steampunk, Art Deco, Nikola Tesla
1880 – 1899
America, Europe
  • Edopunk – The Edo period was a time in Japanese history. It was a time of economic growth and peace. To maintain peace, they had a strict social order and an isolated trade with foreign country. Arts and culture bloomed during the time. If we go back to the Cinderella example, She would be named Cinrishou and be a servant of the wealthy family of Ishinashi. Not a step mother and sisters, but a family who find her on the streets. And she would train in martial art with the help of the spirits of the mice warriors.
  • Jadepunk – The late Qing dynasty when China transits to the modern world. It’s traditional china. The industrial developments haven’t kicked of yet. The emperor is at power and it’s a brutal time. But they have no interests in colonization. The trade with other countries is however large. The stone jade is all the rage with sharp weapons. In a jadepunk world, maybe there is flying warships shooting projectiles of sharp jade
  • Silkpunk – Think jadepunk, but without the sharpness of jade. Without the brutality. Think of the soft silk. Think of the flying ships, but with soft wings of feathers. It’s a peaceful and majestic China.
  • Steampunk – If you find this article without knowing what steampunk is, you have roamed far down. Steampunk is Europe when steam-power is discovered. In a steampunk world, lords and workers are alike, magnificent inventions is a reality. And everything speaks for a bright future.
  • Steamfunk – Steampunk with focus on the black history. The slaves from the field in the states. And the American civil war to set them all free. And for the sake of it, steamfunk mixes in some elements from the 1970s funk.
  • Steamgoth – It’s steampunk, but dark. It’s a steampunk world with horror.
  • Stitchpunk – What if humans where not humans? What if all the humans where stitched-together rag-dolls. An extreme alternation of history set in a steampunk world.
  • Nerfpunk – Steampunk, but forget the brown colors. Think bright neon. Weird, I know. And all the weapons are Nerf-guns.
  • Fairypunk – More of a way to tell a tale than a genre really. Fairypunk tells classical tales in a steampunk fashion. But you may go creative. Fantasy steampunk maybe? A newly industrialized London with fairies and elves hiding in basements?
  • Gauchopunk – A cowboy from South America calls a gaucho. So think wild west, but Latina.
  • Cattlepunk – Also known as Weird West. You take the steampunk, but you lay the Victorian and the Edwardian styles to the side. You travel across the Atlantic to the Wild West. You gets cowboys, Indians, cavalry’s and Mexicans with highly advanced steam technologies.
  • Dustpunk – A form of cattlepunk, but dustpunk never dies. It will later become 1930 and the environment haven’t changed. And later the future. It’s a universe where Clint Eastwood as Blondie, Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones and Mel Gibson as Max Rockatansky coexists.
  • Desertpunk – This is Rockatanskys home environment. Desertpunk is dustpunk set in a post apocalyptic desert
  • Teslapunk – The last ten years of steampunk. Just replaces all the steam-pipes and cogs with electrical wires and coils.

Before WWII

Name
Keyword
Time
Location
Dustpunk
Dirty Thirty, Archeology
1860 – Future
America, Africa, Australia
Decopunk
Roaring Twenties, Jazz Age, Art Deco
1920 – 1930
America, Europa
Flapperpunk
Roaring Twenties, Jazz Age, Prohibition, Gangster, Noir
1920 – 1930
America
Dieselpunk
World War II, Interwar period, Bomber planes, Military, Noir
1920 – 1940
Europe
Blitzpunk
World War II, London Blitz, Tank/sub warfare, bomber planes, military
1930 – 1940
Global
Nazipunk
Dieselpunk focusing on Nazis
1930 – 1940
German
  • Dustpunk – The kind of cettlepunk that lives on to the thirty. For more info, see dustpunk under the industrial revolution chapter.
  • Decopunk – The clean and stylish part of the 20s to 30s. Everybody is happy and swing along to the tunes of jazz. If Cinderella gets told in a decopunk universe, she was going to a masquerade and not a ball. And she arrives in a pumpkin turned into a Rolls-Royce.
  • Flapperpunk – As decopunk, this is the fun and happy 20s. But more of an underground world. The young folks are still swinging it. But the ones who dominates, is the crime families. It’s a common sight to see their Ford Model 18 with pinstripe-suited med in hats standing on the doorsteps wielding Tommy-guns. It’s a dark and dangerous world of noir.
  • Dieselpunk – Dieselpunk is (like steampunk) one of the three big ones. It’s the time from the end of world war I to the end of world war II. And the technology of diesel and other petroleum fuels had advanced way faster than in the real world. And the world, is destroying itself. Think of it as an apocalypse by war. In a dieselpunk universe, everything is dirty and gritty, and the world war II never ended.
  • Blitzpunk – Think of dieselpunk, but instead of advancement in technology and vehicles, blitzpunk advances in warfare. You take away the noir and add tanks and submarines. And soldiers. Lots of soldiers
  • Nazipunk – Like blitzpunk, nazipunk is a subgenre under dieselpunk. Nazipunk revolves around the politics in Germany, the Nazis. Proceed with caution! If you adopt this as your personal fashion wardrobe, you will get hate. This timepunk might imply that fascism and the holocaust was something good (but you tell the tale). If Cinderella was here, the stepmother would be Gestapo and she a jew.

After WWII

Name
Keyword
Time
Location
Atompunk
Atomic Age, Space Age, Raygun Gothic, Fallout
1940 – 1950
Global, mostly American and Russia
Transistorpunk
Cold War, KGB, Nato, James Bond, Philip K. Dick
1940 – 1990
America and Russia
Psychedelicpunk AKA Weedpunk
Vietnam War, Marijuana, LCD, Hippie, Psychedelic
1960s
America
Spacepunk
Space Opera, Space Exploration, Lunar Landing, Sword and Space, Star Wars
1960 – Future
America and Russia
Greenpunk
Near Future, Proliferation of Environmental technology, Neo-Art Nouveau
1960 – Future
America and Europe
Solarpunk
Near Future, Proliferation of Solar technology, Neo-Art Nouveau
1960 – Future
America and Europe
  • Atompunk – From the nuclear bombs in 1945 to the 50s dream of a nuclear powered future, the atompunk rises. Diesel get ditched. With it’s roots in the 50s, they appears with everything nuclear powered. Have you played Fallout? That is a great example of atompunk.
  • Transistorpunk – Out with the old and in with the new. This is the 60s and the transistor replaces the electron tube. And what's the government do with this technology. Well, USA spies on Russia, and Russia spies on everyone. They all fear the nuclear bomb. And this, this is the cold war.
  • Psychedelicpunk – Also known as Weedpunk. Some Americans picked up the M60 and went to Vietnam. And some stayed to take acid and spread the knowledge about “war is wrong” with their freshly painted vans. It’s the later man this timepunk focus on. It’s the flower power activists that loves peace and love, and weed.
  • Spacepunk – During the cold war, when Nato and Russia wasn’t scaring each other with warheads, they raced to the moon. America won. And this started a sci-fi movement about space that will probably never end. Star Wars is spacepunk. Star Wars plays “in a long time ago in a galaxy far away”, but the technology with light sabers still have time to get dated and replaced with blasters.
  • Greenpunk – When steampunk is a romanticized past and cyberpunk is a dystopian future, greenpunk is a bright present dating in the 70s to the future. And it’s all about being environmental friendly. Everything is electric or powered by vegetable. And the world is connects to everything. Maybe in this world, the criminal is petrol-powered.
  • Solarpunk – A subgenre to greenpunk. Solarpunk is about solar energy. Forget wind, water and vegetable. Solar panels powers everything.

Future

Name
Keyword
Time
Location
Dustpunk
Post Apocalypse
1860 – Future
Global
Cyberpunk
Cyberspace, Cyborgs, Dystopia, The Street Finds its Uses for Technology
Future
Global
Postcyberpunk AKA Cyberprep
Cyberpunk Without The Assumption Of Everything Has To Be Dystopian
Future
Global
Nanopunk
Nanities And Nanotechnology Instead Of Computers
Future
Global
Biopunk
Genetic Egineering And Organic Technology Instead Of Computers
Future
Global
Bugpunk
Cyberpunk and Biopunk With A Heavy Bugtheme
Future
Global
Apunkalypse AKA Post-Apocalyptic
Post Apocalyptic, Survivalist, Mad Max, Fallout
Future
Global
  • Dustpunk – It’s the cattlepunk that lives on to the 30s, and from the 30s to the future. For more info, see dustpunk under the industrial revolution chapter.
  • Cyberpunk – Cyberpunk is the timepunk for the future, and is the umbrella for nearly all the other future timepunks. In cyberpunk, it’s the computers and cyborgs that runs the show, and everything is dystopian. Think Matrix or Tron Legacy.
  • Postcyberpunk – Also known as Cyberprep. A subgenre from cyberpunk. The only change is that Postcyberpunk is not dystopian. The era is after the computers dark age.
  • Nanopunk – A subgenre from cyberpunk. Forget the computers and welcome the nanotechnology. The nanobots is in charge.
  • Biopunk – A subgenre from cyberpunk. You replace the cyborgs mechanical parts with biological mutation and splicing.
  • Bugpunk – A subgenre from the subgenre biopunk. Bring out the bugs! Nicholas Cage: “NOT THE BEES!!!”
  • Apunkalypse – Also known as Post-Apocalyptic. Dustpunk and atompunk is post apocalyptic, but those implies a dry future in the sand. But apunkalypse is global and allow all the apocalyptic horsemen to ride free, and the global warming. America and Australia may get sandy according to Fallout and Mad Max. But it can also gets cold like in The Road. Or the world might be set in a swampy Scandinavia as the RPG-game Mutant Year Zero is.

The timepunks I couldn’t find

“The Bronzepunk is worldwide, but only contains northern Europe and Egypt. Central Europe and Mediterranean have their own timepunks”, why? Why can’t ancient Egypt have their own timepunk. In pharaohpunk, everything is pyramids and sphinx and sands. And the pharaohs continue to rule.

The more elegant part of Chinese history. Ming Dynasty, when everyone is happy and not brutal. Where the Chinese could develop kung fu in a quiet area. Sure, conflicts occurred, but no wars. If you go for a mingpunk world, you have rural villages provided by rice-farms, and samurai's.

What would happen to the world if the gambling never hit the internet and just grow bigger and bigger, soon to rule over the world. Maybe dystopian? Probably. The greatest are the greatest swindlers. And everything powers by the money. Lucky-charms everywhere and carried by everyone. All the jobs are low-waged and people's main income is the casino.

For the WWII, dieselpunk, blitzpunk and nazipunk got you covered. But what about the WWI? A small part of dieselpunk and decopunk? Not god enough! I give to you trenchpunk. A world dug up to trenches, biplanes are roaring over your head, and tanks with more panzer than ammunition. It’s the Serbians who wants a country, and Germany takes the blame.

The fifties, so far only covered by atompunk. But what if you don’t want a fallout universe. Maybe you want the fabulous fifties. Powered by cars and motorcycles and driven by young greasers. There it is no time for a war. Everybody is too happy and occupied by tuning racecars. Look at Grease the Musical and you knows the deal. Greasepunk reaches on thru the 60s with the hot-rod culture.

Do you sometimes confuse timepunks with the anarchistic punk movement? They have the same name after all. Here, the punk is a timepunk. It’s the Mohawkpunk, and here everyone is angry at the government and tries to get each other angry at themselves. You hate the queen, you hate the hippies, you hate the racists. You hate everything and will make sure everyone knows it. But you like drugs, but can only afford light beer (because you don't have a job). And you like your hair. A timepunk like this is most likely dystopian.

The 80s music movement. Played from a cassette or the Music TeleVision. Bright neon and shoulder-pads are in. And for your personal style, you can choose between rock, synth or pop.

Choose rock and blast Van Halen and grow your hair. You also gain a taste for leopard skin.

Choose synth, and Depeche Mode is the shit. Cut your hair, but grow your bang and dye it.

Go for pop and your curling iron is your best friend, and Madonna is your idol. And you love aerobic.

The other part of the 80s where the nerds flourish. Think cyberpunk in the past. Affordable home-computers, video-games and arcade machinery is the current technology. But remember the timepunk principle: “Think like the knowledge about development exists. But the current time limits the resources.” Take a Nintendo’s Power-Glove. Add Nintendo’s Super-Scope. Power those with alternating current and a nail-gun. Then suit up with a short sleeve shirt and suspenders. Armor yourself with Rollerblade kneepads. Then off you go to fight the bullies.

Back in 198blyat, Russia was expanding their industries with more workers, so more people moved in to the cities. More workers to the industries mean more money in taxes. And that means the government could build apartments for mass housing of people. And that means the rents was cheap. Cheap rents attract the space wasting kind of people who works just the least to pay the most important things, rent and vodka.

This kind of space waster is the gopniks. A city filled with apartments means no recreation buildings. A gopnik spends his time squatting around with their fellow gopniks and drinking vodka.

Imagine a world ruled by this kind of people. I think the result is a dystopian world with the Russian communistic ideology. Everyone is poor and drunk. And wearing Adidas.

It’s a timepunk for the second millennia. It’s cyberpunk in the present. Everything runs with Apple (kind of like it actually is). Everything gets named with a lowercase “i” in the beginning. And everything branded with the logo of an apple with a byte missing.

Cybergoth already exist as a subculture in fashion. But I think it can also make it as a timepunk. Cybergoth should mix cyberpunk, biopunk and atompunk with a horror-theme. The people's fashion should stay with their industrial gear, fetish garment and bulletproof vests. And you can’t simply forget about the iconic cybergoth dreadlocks, the cyberlox.

Remember, in every timepunk, flying machines and/or welding is a thing. So better suit up with goggles.

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