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Cliff Jones Jr. By CliffJonesJr Completed

Dreampunk is a sci-fi/fantasy subgenre that asks the question "Is this real?" and then follows up with "What does that even mean anyway?"

Alice in Wonderland would be the prototypical example, but any anti-authoritarian investigation into the nature of dreams, reality, the self, and the universe might qualify. Good examples include the works of Philip K. Dick, Haruki Murakami, and Neil Gaiman. The aesthetic is somewhere in the neighborhood of The Sandman, Scott Pilgrim, and Over the Garden Wall.

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CliffJonesJr CliffJonesJr Jun 04, 2017
Yelena Calavera is a dreampunk author who maintains a blog called "Dreaming in the City". Here is her take on "the dreampunk philosophy": http://yelenacalavera.blogspot.com/2013/11/dreams-chaos-counterculture-dreampunk.html
CliffJonesJr CliffJonesJr Jun 04, 2017
Here is a website devoted to "dreampunk", which it defines in a really broad sense, but then also more specifically as "a literary subgenre descended from steampunk and cyberpunk that differs from them in its inclusion of elements of dream logic." http://dreampunk.me/blog/what-is-dreampunk/
masheena masheena Jun 03, 2017
This sounds great! And it feels right up my writing-alley. Some passages in The Night Circus remind me of what's described here, though the character subjectivity aspect might be lacking for most of it
Alecc0 Alecc0 Jun 03, 2017
Great to hear about this. It's a really interesting genre to explore for sure. 
                              It might not count as a dream experience, but there's a Netflix film called The Discovery that you might like, about a scientist who discovers proof of an afterlife, that this made me think of too.
RhondaManning RhondaManning Feb 02, 2018
Love it that you wrote this. It's over my head, but awesome Cliff!
minusfractions minusfractions Oct 01, 2017
This makes a lot of sense. Very tempted to give dreampunk a go at some point now!