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Yearly archive 2011

Christopher Alender, The Mind Behind the Storm

When the video for Lovett’s “Eye of the Storm” hit the Internet, the reception by the steampunk community was immediate and immense. Several other sites have looked behind the scenes at the technical aspects of the making of this short, but I had a chance to ask director Christopher Alender some questions myself, and how...
Not Less Than Gods by Kage Baker

Not Less Than Gods by Kage Baker

Today’s book is the ninth book in a series that is not a steampunk series, yet I think it qualifies for inclusion here. The trick is that the series is about time travel and in this one the travel is to a steampunk Victorian England. The result is a lighthearted steampunk James Bond-style adventure using...
The Manual of Detection by Jedediah Berry

The Manual of Detection by Jedediah Berry

Perhaps the biggest mystery in The Manual of Detection is what kind of book is it. Is it steampunk? Michael Moorcock certainly thinks so in his review for the Guardian (see below). Other reviews treat it as a noir detective story, a surrealist art piece, or fantasy. The New Yorker called it an allegory. Yet...
The Native Star by M. K. Hobson

The Native Star by M. K. Hobson

Another visit to the weird west. In The Native Star, M. K. Hobson gives us a fantasy steampunk old west with everyday magic and biomechanical devices competing for our attention. The story centers on a witch and a warlock as half-rivals, half-allies on a cross-country quest to determine the nature of a magic artifact and...
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...