That’s a good question, actually. “Dreampunk” means different things to different people:
- A musical genre in the vicinity of vaporwave
- The accompanying visual aesthetic
- An individualistic back-to-nature philosophy
- An indie publishing company
- A surreal tabletop role-playing game
On this site, however, we’ll be talking primarily about dreampunk fiction, a trippy subgenre of speculative fiction focused on dreamlike states and their interaction with consensus reality. It often overlaps with irrealism and sometimes with cyberpunk.
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