Dieselpunk is a subgenre of speculative fiction that typically features diesel-powered machines, such as aircraft, tanks, and cars. The genre is named after the diesel engine, which was a popular power source in the early 20th century. Dieselpunk is often set in the 1920s or 1930s.
One of the earliest examples of dieselpunk is the novel "The Aeroplane Speaks" by James Blish. Published in 1952, the novel tells the story of a group of scientists who travel to the future in a diesel-powered aircraft. The novel was adapted into a radio play in 1978.
Dieselpunk began to gain popularity in the early 2000s, with the release of the video game "BioShock". The game is set in the city of Rapture, which is powered by a diesel-electric plant. The game's art style and setting were heavily influenced by dieselpunk.
In 2010, the dieselpunk comic book series "Curse of the Wendigo" was released. The series is set in the 1930s and follows the adventures of a group of air pirates.
In 2012, the dieselpunk anime series "Steampunk Tales" was released. The series is set in an alternate world where steam power is the primary source of energy.
Dieselpunk is often used as a setting for video games, comics, and anime. Some of the most popular dieselpunk works include the video game "BioShock", the comic book series "Curse of the Wendigo", and the anime series "Steampunk Tales".