Adventures in a New Genre: Dieselpunk

So I’ve written and published a fantasy book, a science fiction book, and now I’m on to a new genre that combines elements of both fantasy and sci-fi, with some historical thrown in. Welcome to Dieselpunk!

What is dieselpunk, you ask? Well, if you’re familiar with steampunk, then it’s similar, except it’s set in the age of the internal combustion engine instead of the steam era. Wikipedia’s definition of dieselpunk is accurate, if a bit dry: “Dieselpunk…combines the aesthetics of the diesel-based technology of the interwar period through to the 1950s with retro-futuristic technology and postmodern sensibilities.”

TV Tropes explains that dieselpunk is set anywhere in the 1920s-1950s era, and is “spiced up with retro-futuristic innovations and occult elements.” Film noir, pulp adventures, and war-time hero stories all provide a backdrop for speculative and fantastical stories by modern creators.

My current project is a series of short stories tentatively titled The Adventures of Mrs. John G. Jones. In these stories, you can expect some magic and fantasy, some retro-futuristic sci-fi, and the glamor of the roaring 20s.

If you like dieselpunk – or think you might like it – then stay tuned to my blog! I’ll be posting about my progress with this series and with what I’m learning about the dieselpunk genre. I’m looking forward to sharing the enigmatic Mrs. Jones with you!


11 thoughts on “Adventures in a New Genre: Dieselpunk

  1. Can’t wait to read your story, Grace ^_^

    Personally, I think the definition of Dieselpunk you give here is a bit restrictive (but I know that’s what most dieselpunk accept). Larry Amyett proposes a wider definition, which is also the one I prefer 😉


    • Thanks, I look forward to sharing my stories! 🙂

      Yeah, dieselpunk can encompass far more than just what’s explained in these definitions. Like most genres (like fantasy or sci-fi), it’s actually pretty broad. But since so many people I’ve talked to lately have never heard of dieselpunk (or even steampunk), I thought I’d help folks get introduced to the idea. 😉


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  3. This is an exciting thing to learn about. I’m into steamfunk and afrofuturism, so this is an interesting possibility to write in. Thanks for telling us about it, and I’m going to check out your work!


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