Rob MacD posted an insightful comment about the origin of the term Clockpunk. I am replicating the entire comment bellow. Thanks Rob for info, we really appreciate it. Happy Clocking everyone!
I just searched the archives of Pyramid, the online gaming magazine by the publishers of GURPS. Ken Hite talks about “clockpunk wonderment, from ninja war-kites to ironclad Korean turtle-ships” in a column on “alternate Pearl Harbors” from Dec 7, 2001.
In the Dec 21 2001 issue, both Chad Underkoffler and William Stoddard use the term.
(Those links will only work properly for Pyramid subscribers.)
I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Ken (or any one of these guys) improvised the word on his own which is not to say nobody else had used it before. “Blank”-punk has been an easy and standard kind of neologism in the gaming community and around GURPS in particular since at least GURPS Cthulhupunk (1995).