Dreampunk!

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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What is most important to dreampunk as a genre?

The presence of dreams, simulations, or false realities.
 
  1 vote, 33.3%

An implication that ultimate reality is unknown and perhaps unknowable.
 
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A particular feel all its own, like fairy tales recast in the neon light of a carnival.
 
  1 vote, 33.3%

A tension between nature and the modern world.
 
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A respect for nature and shamanic practices.
 
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A grounding in sci-fi tropes, like cyberpunk but with a focus on dreams more than simulations.
 
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A blending of steampunk with traditional fantasy.
 
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A affinity with some form of punk subculture.
 
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