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Steampunk in the Nebulas (Again)

Steampunk in the Nebulas (Again)

SFWA has announced the 2010 Nebula Award nominees and once again there is a steampunk presence in the novel categories. Nominated for the Best Novel Nebula, there is M. K. Hobson’s weird west novel Native Star, which was the Book of the Day here at the start of the month. Hobson is facing touch competition,...
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...
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...