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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...
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen - Volume I

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen – Volume I

There was no way I was going to find a steampunk book that showed vampires more triumphant than in The Greyfriar. So, instead we’ll look at a post-vampire world and a team led by Mina (Harker) Murray, now freed from Dracula’s Svengali-like grip. If all you know of Alan Moore’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen...
The Greyfriar by Clay & Susan Griffith

The Greyfriar by Clay & Susan Griffith

This week, we’ve seen vampires go from part of the British Empire (Soulless) to ruling the empire (Anno Dracula) and now to controlling the entire northern hemisphere. Yes, in The Greyfriar, the bloodsuckers have us humans on the run (in a steampunk future, no less), but it is not all bad. There is still the...
Anno Dracula by Kim Newman

Anno Dracula by Kim Newman

I’ve decided to make this a whole week of steampunk vampire books. (I know I missed Monday, but feel free to look back at O. M. Grey’s Avalon Revisited from a few weeks ago and pretend it was on Monday.) Today’s steampunk vampire book is a bit of an oldie, dating from back in 1992....