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Teslapunk is a microgenre of speculative fiction similiar to Steampunk, principally based around electricity. It is named after the scientist and inventor Nikola Tesla, as the stories and artworks are mainly inspired by the electricity and machines he developed[1], and refers to fictional narratives or visual styles inspired by 18th, 19th, and early 20th century pioneers of electricity and electric devices.


Some visuals prominent in Teslapunk include:

  • Victorian styles
  • Electricity
  • Nuclear centrals
  • Teslacoils
  • Screws
  • Steam engines
  • Brass
  • Top hats
  • Waistcoats
  • Crinoline
  • Goggles
  • Electric magic powers


This narrative or style commonly imagines an alternate history where widely available cheap (or free), clean, and often highly portable electrical energy replaces all previous energy sources (such as wood, coal and oil, and the steam engines that were fuelled by them), but has yet to be replaced (or is never replaced) by other energy sources itself (such as diesel or nuclear power).

In some stories, free-energy technologies are largely forgotten in the present day, but only because they were kept secret by some government or other organization that used the technologies to control the masses.