What wouldn't steampunk be without incredible feats of scientific discovery in the form of inventions. Some inventions hurt, others heal. But all of them are not only functional, but are aesthetically beautiful.
|Vaporizer gun. Effective. Leaves no mess.|
|A damnation machine. What we'd call a "computer."|
|This automaton can fetch you water|
|The steampunk Eye-Pod|
What's great about steampunk stories is that they often detail the challenges and gray areas of emerging science. Since steampunk technology is inspired by the tech boom of the industrial revolution, steampunk authors are often delving into the social, cultural, and moral aspects of how technology affects civilization.