Steampunk, a mix of old-age fantasy and sci-fi technology, has a huge place in the hearts of many people; it's become the setting of many television shows and video games alike, and the "genre" itself has its roots in fan bases across the world. There's a lot to love about it, for sure, but how practical is it for a novel setting? At the moment, no real mainstream novels have taken place in steampunk settings, and this has me both worried and excited. If it's practical to use as a setting, then that means that a steampunk novel can easily be noticed as "unique," earning it a respectful name if nothing else. Otherwise, it could be a huge laborious waste of time better spent elsewhere. Your thoughts?