In his introduction to Gollancz's Michael Moorcock Collection, John Clute credits Moorcock with, among many other things, 'the invention (more or less) of steampunk'. I'd say Clute got that about right. And once, this godfather of steampunk was generous enough to blurb my own proto-steampunk novel, Anti-Ice (1993): 'At last! A scientific romance to rival Verne!' I was hugely thrilled to get such an endorsement from a writer like Moorcock, and I got to tell him so when I first met him at around that time. And, as with Clute, while Moorcock was very kind with his praise, I’d say he got it about right about the nature of my book.