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The Hollow Earth by Rudy Rucker

The Hollow Earth by Rudy Rucker

Rudy Rucker is not a name most people associate with steampunk. Cyberpunk, sure. Gonzo science fiction, absolutely. But steampunk? Not really what he’s known for, but in 1990 he did put out a novel that can definitely be fit under the steampunk umbrella (despite Rucker having said that the term steampunk “makes me want to...
Haywired by Alex Keller

Haywired by Alex Keller

From a steampunk mystery yesterday to a steampunk young adult fairy tale today. Just mixing things up a bit. Haywired comes from a small British publisher, so it might not be just sitting at your local book store, but the online booksellers should have it. The official description is very short, which is perhaps fitting...
The Affinity Bridge by George Mann

The Affinity Bridge by George Mann

Steampunk goes well with a lot of different genres. There are steampunk romances, steampunk westerns, steampunk young adult novels, and even steampunk erotica. And, in George Mann’s Newbury & Hobbes Investigations books, we have steampunk mysteries. Take a gander: Welcome to the bizarre and dangerous world of Victorian London, a city teetering on the edge...
Mainspring by Jay Lake

Mainspring by Jay Lake

Steampunk stories very often feature steam-driven machines, but there are other works that have technology driven by springs and sprockets. This is the subgenre called Springpunk, and Jay Lake’s Mainspring is springpunk taken to an extreme, as the description makes clear: Lake has envisioned a clockwork solar system, where the planets move in a vast...
The Horns of Ruin by Tim Akers

The Horns of Ruin by Tim Akers

Today’s book is very new indeed, having just come out a few days ago. Unlike much steampunk, The Horns of Ruin doesn’t take place in the 19th century, or in any recognizable historic period. Instead, Tim Akers has followed the Moorcockian tradition of crafting a distinct world, that is able to hold a mirror up...
The Bookman by Lavie Tidhar

The Bookman by Lavie Tidhar

Yesterday we looked at one of the founding steampunk novel; today we turn to a newer work. The Bookman is the first book in a new series by Lavie Tidhar. The book’s official page offers this teaser: When the woman he loves dies at the hands of the mysterious Bookman, young poet Orphan will do...
Homunculus by James P. Blaylock

Homunculus by James P. Blaylock

Homonculus was one of founding books of the steampunk genre, it won the Philip K. Dick Award, and it was one of the books that made me fall in love with the genre many years ago. Here’s Wikipedia’s plot summary: A dirigible with a dead pilot has been passing over Victorian London in a decaying...