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The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder

The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder

Given steampunk’s common 19th century setting, there is often a need to deal with historical figures. The reality is that if characters exist in that world, they must be aware of the celebrities, dissidents, pontificators, authorities, and trend setters of the day. Some steampunk writers choose to do more than deal with these personalities, instead...
Queen Victoria's Bomb by Ronald Clark

Queen Victoria’s Bomb by Ronald Clark

When most people think of fiction that prefigured steampunk, they think of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells. Of course, Verne and Wells are the Godfathers of the genre, but there is a lot of time between them and Blaylock and Jeter. And in that time, there were a few steampunk-ish works that are worth...
The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade

The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade

The Hunchback Assignments is old school steampunk. Orphans and mad scientists, secret societies and evil experiments, it all harkens back to Blaylock’s and Jeter’s foundation, although with a young adult twist. Here, instead of scientists as detectives, we have orphans as secret agents, starting with a hunchback that can change the way he looks. Definitely...
The Clockwork Man by William Jablonsky

The Clockwork Man by William Jablonsky

We almost have a theme this week. Both The Alchemy of Stone and Boilerplate deal with constructed clockwork people and here we have another. In The Clockwork Man, we have the story of a clockwork man, Ernst, who is falling in love with his creator’s daughter. It sounds like a fairy tale, no? Except that...
Avalon Revisited by O. M. Grey

Avalon Revisited by O. M. Grey

Steampunk is spreading its tentacles into all sorts of genres lately. Avalon Revisited gives us a steampunk romance, a kind of fiction some call steamypunk. Of course, with corsets and hot steam built into the genre, sex and romance were pretty much inevitable. The official description: Arthur has made his existence as a vampire bearable...
Boilerplate: History's Mechanical Marvel by Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett

Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel by Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett

Who says a steampunk book has to be a traditional novel? With Boilerplate, we find a very different kind of book, a seemingly nonfiction account of a 19th century robot and its role in historical events. In this case, different is a very good thing. I can’t describe it better than the official write-up: Meet...
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...