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Monthly archive November, 2010
The Gaslight Dogs by Karin Lowachee

The Gaslight Dogs by Karin Lowachee

Forget Victorian England. Forget Europe. In The Gaslight Dogs, Karin Lowachee is taking her readers into a steampunk Arctic, where a culture based on the Inuit and their mythology is clashing with a more engineering-based southern civilization. While the conflict of indigenous and technological civilization is not a new story, there is still plenty of...
The Alchemy of Stone by Ekaterina Sedia

The Alchemy of Stone by Ekaterina Sedia

I’ve seen some complaints in the past that steampunk books are too light, that they are all madcap romps and such. Well, if you prefer your steampunk dark, The Alchemy of Stone might be to your taste. You have a main character who is an automaton with lingering free will issues finding her way in...
Thomas Riley by Nick Valentino

Thomas Riley by Nick Valentino

Officially Thomas Riley is being marketed as a young adult novel, but given its emphasis on steampunk weapon design and the consequences of war, there is probably plenty here for any reader. Even if you aren’t that interesting in war technoogies, there are sky pirates and alchemists all in an alternate Earth. Here’s the description:...
The Hollow Earth by Rudy Rucker

The Hollow Earth by Rudy Rucker

Rudy Rucker is not a name most people associate with steampunk. Cyberpunk, sure. Gonzo science fiction, absolutely. But steampunk? Not really what he’s known for, but in 1990 he did put out a novel that can definitely be fit under the steampunk umbrella (despite Rucker having said that the term steampunk “makes me want to...
Miniatures Game: Dystopian Wars

Miniatures Game: Dystopian Wars

Spartan Games, the folks behind the space game Firestorm Armada and the fantasy naval game The Uncharted Seas (which has some steampunk elements itself), are rolling out a new game called Dystopian Wars. Set in an alternate 1870, it’s a steampunk world war, with some familiar nations and some not-so-familiar. The war is variously between...
Haywired by Alex Keller

Haywired by Alex Keller

From a steampunk mystery yesterday to a steampunk young adult fairy tale today. Just mixing things up a bit. Haywired comes from a small British publisher, so it might not be just sitting at your local book store, but the online booksellers should have it. The official description is very short, which is perhaps fitting...
Pushcart Prizes, Flying Squid, and More...

Pushcart Prizes, Flying Squid, and More…

A collection of links and items that may be of interest to my fellow steampunks: Jenny Ortiz’s story “Out of Steam Punk and Zombie Comes Bruce Lee” has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. It is not a steampunk story, but the characters apparently come from one. Read it and enjoy.