1) Setting: specific technologies associated with particular ‘ages’, ‘societies’ and/or time frames (both the past or future) – eg. the Victorian Age often defines Steampunk (but not always). Nanotech experiments of the future may define Biopunk, (but again, not always).
2) Tone: a sense of novelty, or being on the cutting edge of that particular technology, within its time frame.
3) Style: language and/or a narrative style specific to that particular technology, reflective of the time, and/or writers of that time.
4) Characterization: wide open. Characters can reflect their time and the concerns of their place in that time, or be transplants from another time and/or genre.
Sub-genres include, but aren’t limited to: Atompunk, Biopunk, Clockpunk, Cyberpunk, Decopunk, Dieselpunk, Dreampunk, Mythpunk, Nanopunk, Steampunk, Stonepunk, and others.
For further definitions, this Wikipedia link on ‘Cyberpunk Derivatives’ may prove helpful.
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