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This may be cheating a little, given that steampunk as a subgenre didn't exist for more than a century after Wells wrote this book. However, the novel is a major influence on steampunk and is a starting point for many of its tropes-it has a Victorian setting and technology that didn't exist but is described in enough detail to make it seem real. Fantastical settings and creatures play a role when the narrator goes into the future. While this book should already be in almost every collection, it is a great recommendation for the steampunk fan who's read everything. Available used.-John Klima, Bettendorf P.L., IA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.