Some say Steampunk started with KW Jeter in 1979 with Morlock Nights. But did it?
Now I’ve read Jeter, Morlock Nights and Infernal Devices. They are readable, but as often with books that are considered the first in their genres, not the very best. I’d give them 3 out 5, which isn’t the recommendation it should be.
When I was at a convention in October, I was introduced to Pavane by Keith Roberts. This was first published in 1966, it was a teenager before Morlock Nights hit the scene. And it is definitely steampunk.
But is that even the first?
I think there’s an argument that it’s not.