Stonepunk is a sub-genre of the Punk Punk science fiction genre. Stonepunk focuses on pre-technological developments in pre-historic times, its juxtapositions of the modern world with the primitive, and the effects of an early form of 'advanced' technology on society, like The Flintstones, based on primitive materials such as rock, fire, clay, rope, wood and water. Unlike most classic Cyber Punk or Steam Punk influenced fiction like Clock Punk, the Stone Age supplies the inspiration behind a modified form of technology based on the materials provided by the natural elements and surrounding environment. Bamboo Technology is common. Depending on the setting, there may be Sufficiently Advanced Bamboo Technology as well.
The defining feature of Stone Punk is the representation of modern inventions and technology but made with primitive materials. The idea here is that road signs and furnishings would not have existed, but as a Rule of Funny and in order to further highlight the primary societal differences they have been included. Having the familiar aspects can make the foreign aspects seem even more foreign to the audience, which is used as a method of storytelling as a sort of constant reminder that "this work is set in a completely different world".
- Dr. Stone falls into this setting due to its premise of Omnidisciplinary Scientist Senku waking up in a world with Stone Age technology. The existing society already has the Stone; Senku creates the Punk by helping to raise their living standards, bit by bit, until it's reached the 21st century life he's used to. These Stone Age people still wear loincloths, live in straw and wooden huts, and think Senku's achievements are magic, but through his efforts, they now have access to eyeglasses, firearms, chemical weapons, electrical lighting, audio playback technology, indoor climate control, telecommunications, motorized transport, and cola, all of them made from scratch with materials available in the area. That being said, this civilization was already on the verge of becoming this trope when Senku arrived, as one of the villagers, Chrome, thinks like a scientist, was close to some breakthroughs all on his own (such as electricity and pharmaceuticals), and is the only villager who can consistently keep up with Senku's explanations.
- 10,000 BC
- Alpha (2018)
- The Clan Of The Cave Bear
- Creatures The World Forgot
- Dead Lands
- Noah may be the first example of "Bible punk". In contrast to the agrarian Noah, the descendents of Cain form a pseudo-industrial society that ravages the Earth, all before the invention of writing.
- One Million BC
- One Million Years B.C.
- The People That Time Forgot
- Prehistoric Women
- Quest for Fire
- When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth
- Dawn of the Croods follows the example of the film and sees the main cast survive harsh, prehistoric lands thanks to the protagonist's knack for technology.
- Dinotrux, At least for the first handful of seasons as the fact that the creatures building this stone punk technology are themselves highly advanced robotic lifeforms, they are able to advance their level of technical sophistication quite rapidly.
- The Flintstones
- The Herculoids
- Super Mario World
- The episode "Ugh" in Spongebob Squarepants