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Airborn by Kenneth Oppel

Airborn by Kenneth Oppel

From the weird west yesterday to sky pirates today. Airborn by Kenneth Oppel is a young adult novel that revels in one of steampunk’s most iconic technologies: the airship. The time period is not precisely defined, so it may fall slightly outside the 19th century, but the characters and story are steampunk through and through:...
The Buntline Special by Mike Resnick

The Buntline Special by Mike Resnick

Today, we’re back to the weird west, with science fiction great Mike Resnick as our guide. Resnick has done Western before in Santiago, a far future space Western adventure that is a heck a of a ride, so The Buntline Special sounds promising indeed. The official description: The year is 1881. The United States of...
Steampunk'd, edited by Jean Rabe and Martin H. Greenberg

Steampunk’d, edited by Jean Rabe and Martin H. Greenberg

With so many steampunk novels suddenly populated the bookstore shelves, it is easy to forget that steampunk also exists in shorter fiction forms. There have been several steampunk anthologies in the past and, with luck, they will keep on coming. Steampunk’d is the latest entry in this category, with fourteen new stories to whisk the...
Whitechapel Gods by S. M. Peters

Whitechapel Gods by S. M. Peters

Today we go back to Victorian London, the gravitational center of steampunk fiction. While most steampunk books in this setting show it merely changed by the advanced machinery, Whitechapel Gods shows it taken over by the machines in sort of 19th-century Terminator or Matrix. Fighting against machine overlords is a well-trodden path in science fiction,...
The Half-Made World by Felix Gilman

The Half-Made World by Felix Gilman

Steampunk is, of course, about reimagining the past. But there are reimaginings and there are reimaginings. While most steampunk authors leave the world reasonably intact, Gilman throws caution to the wind and presents us with a past so reworked that we barely recognize it. Here we have a world that is literally not complete and...
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...