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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Steampunk: Part 2, Recent Publications

Alphonse du Neuville, Captian Nemo from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, 1863

Posted by Alana T.

A previous post described the steampunk genre and provided a list of some early works.  The following is a list of more recent works (post mid-90's to present) and represent some of the best and well known examples.  All are entertaining and good reads!

The Diamond Age: Or, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer by Neal Stephenson. Futuristic steampunk, set in twenty-first century Shanghai, it is the story of what happens when a state-of-the-art interactive device falls into the hands of a street urchin.

The Steampunk Trilogy by Paul Di Phillipo An outrageous romp about the replacement of the Queen of England with a giant salamander and two more equally engaging tales.

Boneshaker by Hugo Award nominee Cherie Priest. Zombies, motherhood, and a radical rewrite of the history of Seattle.

Alchemy of Stone by Ekaterina Sedia  Mattie, an intelligent automaton finds herself caught in a conflict between gargoyles and the Mechanists and Alchemists.

Steampunk edited by A. & J. Vandermeer.  A selection of short stories that feature a dazzling variety of steampunk ideas.

The Mainspring Series by Jay Lake is set on a giant clockwork world.  In the series, an apprentice clockmaker must find the lost key that will start the world turning again.

The Dream of Perpetual Motion by Dexter Palmer.  A future/past story that includes a sentient dirigible with a theme that borrows heavily from Shakespeare's The Tempest.

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