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Monthly archive January, 2011
Anti-Ice by Stephen Baxter

Anti-Ice by Stephen Baxter

I apologize for a few days off from the ‘book of the day’ series. Back on track today, we have Anti-Ice by Stephen Baxter, which is more in the mold of Verne than any other Steampunk novel I know. The eponymous substance comes from a comet that impacted the moon many centuries earlier (thereby creating...
A Steampunk Tarot

A Steampunk Tarot

Etsy artist Charissa Drengsen is producing some striking steampunk tarot cards. Now, some are more steampunk than others. Death is simply beautiful, from the traditional skeleton to the mounted scarabs down the side. Harry Houdini as the Magician seems spot on. On the other hand, Albert Einstein as the Hierophant feels out of place to...
The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling

The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling

During a recent #steampunkchat on twitter, the question came up on what book to suggest as a starting point for newcomers to steampunk. The suggestion several of us gave was The Difference Engine. This book is steampunk that is very close to it science fictional roots, somewhat to be expected given the authors. Following the...
Doctor Grordbort's Contrapulatronic Dingus Directory by Greg Broadmore

Doctor Grordbort’s Contrapulatronic Dingus Directory by Greg Broadmore

Not a novel today. Instead, we have Greg Broadmore’s wonderfully imaginative catalog of steampunk inventions and confabulations. Everything from rayguns to rocketships is here, beautifully illustrated and described. Throw in a graphic short story (not long enough to be a graphic novel) and you have a unique presentation of a steampunk world. Official description: By...
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

There are, I suppose, some nitpickers who would argue that the 1910s are part of the Dieselpunk era rather than the steampunk era. To them I say: pish posh. Can’t we just get along and enjoy good stories? Luckily, the nitpickers are few in this case, with most happily agreeing to call Leviathan steampunk, regardless...
Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

You voted it book of the year for 2010, so let’s kick off 2011 with Boneshaker as book of the day. Cherie Priest’s Boneshaker is far from the madcap romps of London gentlemen scientists. Instead, we have the zombie-infested, poison-filled ruins of Seattle. There is no great noble triumph in the technology. Most of it...