What is Apocalypse Punk?

I am sure many of you have heard of Steampunk. For those who haven’t, the best succinct definition comes from Steampunk.com which states that it is, “… a subgenre of science fiction and fantasy that includes social or technological aspects of the 19th century (the steam) usually with some deconstruction of, reimagining of, or rebellion against parts of it (the punk)”. It goes on to also say that this is a speculative definition which is also highly contested by some, though generally speaking it covers the most ground as definitions go.

Think gentlemen and ladies of the late 19th / early 2oth century with H.G. Welles-level tech. Here’s a well-known image to help you along:


So it’s pretty much historic science fiction.

Now, Apocalypse Punk is Steampunk’s opposite… in some ways. It can’t really be said to be futuristic science fiction, as the vast majority of sci-fi IS futuristic, but it is the sci-fi to Steampunk’s fantasy. If Steampunk is “Wild, Wild West” and “Sleepy Hollow”, then Apocalypse Punk is “The Postman” and “Tank Girl”. Here’s another visual:


Where Steampunk imagines what humanity could have done with its historic, Tesla-imagined technology, Apocalypse Punk imagines what humanity WILL do with its technology in the future… when all that technology is reset to zero by a worldwide calamity.

“Guts and Glory, Freedom Fighters of Nil” is very much Apocalypse Punk… with a twist. Unlike the vast majority of its sisters and brothers, Jessica Rising‘s imagining of the subgenre is for children instead of adults. If you came here looking for information on Apocalypse Punk for adults, click here, here or here. Otherwise, please read on! 🙂

Here are some images of Jessica Rising’s Apocalypse Punk playground:


Books looks in wonder at a lightbulb he made shine again.


Guts stares into the dead eyes of a cyborg minotaur.


Guts and Glory, Freedom Fighters of Nil!


The Net Nest, home of the Kids’ Dark Crow army.


The patchwork slide into Nil.


The terrible Teens, sworn enemy of every Kid in Nil.

Nil is a dead city where only Kids and Teens live. There are no Adults, no schools, and only two rules: Kids and Teens are sworn enemies, and no Kid gets a name they don’t earn. But there’s plenty of ways to earn a name in Nil,  with Teens, monster robots and giant bugs around every corner!

For more information on “Guts and Glory”, click here.

To read a free sample of “Dr Fixit’s Malicious Machine”, click here.

To order book 1, “Dr. Fixit’s Malicious Machine”, click here.

Thank you for visiting!


2 Responses to “What is Apocalypse Punk?”

  1. Jenifer M. Says:

    Awesome explanation, Thank you!

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