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Neat idea but I didn't care about the characters and it only scratched the surface of what it presented. I love how Dia Reeves sets all her stories and novels in the fictional town Portero. So the setting and the monsters were great but the plot was a bit too straightforward. I liked the underlying theme of racism though, added more depth to the story. I loved this one because of the way it was written.

There are a lot of paragraphs and each one takes a little step back in the plot and redefines the way the story is going. It's hard to explain but I found it very creative. The story was sweet and uncomplicated, I liked the main character. The outcome wasn't too hard to guess though. May 04, Angela Oliver rated it liked it Shelves: As I am currently "researching" Steampunk for my Book Club, I thought a collection of short stories would be a good way to get the concept of "steampunk". Because this is short stories, I thought I would review each one at a time, and therefore will be updating my review as I continue: An intriguing concept, with a bit of a twist.

Fairly simplistic plot - good for a short story. The Cannibal Fiend of R As I am currently "researching" Steampunk for my Book Club, I thought a collection of short stories would be a good way to get the concept of "steampunk". He discards the body and raises the child without love or affection. After his untimely and gruesome death, she travels to London seeking her True Love I really liked this one - the writing style was quirky, with some rather dark deeds discussed subtly but sinister, and an intriguing character in the form of Silka.

It did have a bit of an abrupt ending and I am rather wishing the author had continued with this concept and turned it into a novel. It opens a door into another realm - a realm of magic. As far as romantic fables go - it's a bit predictable, despite a minor twist. Rather predictable, too many threads left hanging and a somewhat corny ending. Our heroine, Chiara, must complete the ceremony and help save her city. I liked the writing style, but felt the romance was rather tossed in because it was compulsory and it didn't feel entirely convincing.

The elemental familiars were quite nifty - should have played a more major part in the plot. I really like the writing style of this one, which has a charmingly whimsical air. And a hint of darkness. This one was not particularly well plotted, since I could not understand why their "Auntie" would want them separated for a brief glimpse of fame when they were money spinners while cojoined.

The motives seemed wrong and the writing was not particularly outstanding. A very nicely written piece, with evocative language and some rather dark twists. Intriguing concepts, nice writing style, some dark twists. Another with nifty concept and interesting plot - again some darker moments. A couple of children are kidnapped one evening by some fearsome pale shapes - not the Ku Klux Klan as previously expected - but something darker, more primeaval.

Not particularly well written, not steampunk and overall a let down.

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The writing style was confusing, thus making the plot difficult to follow and the best thing about it was the Lovecraftian vibe. One day she has a run in with a client - a mysterious stranger who bedazzles her with a kiss. Loved the fiesty attitude of Kitty, the writing style and the general feel to the plot, although it felt decidedly modern in tone, despite the relative gritty english feel of the setting.

A fun read, with a satisfying ending. I'd definitely be interested in reading more by this author! There is a reason I do not normally read short stories: There are always threads left hanging, and the plot has to be more tightly eidtted to fit the word limit. Of these stories, some were pretty good reads - little tasters that might inspire me to look into more by that author in the future - others were naff and bland. As for the love - the requirement for each of these stories to feature romance of some kind sometimes worked and sometimes didn't.

Ultimately, it made the plots quite predictable but often the relationships felt rushed and false. In terms of writing romance in short stories, I found the most convincing to be the ones in which the relationship was just implied, or hinted at as a future possibility. So, what is steampunk? Steampunk is cogs and clockwork, steam powered engines and aether lighting. Steampunk is women in fancy garb - corsets and petticoats and skirts.

It is elemental beings and supernatural creatures like vampires, werewolves and mermaids. It is dark, and gritty, with things that blow up and things that crash. It is love that is impossible, or improbable, or indeed, merely pratical to the plot. It is a concept, I think, that requires further research. You may also read my review here: Pearl, an uppercrust socialite in an age of steam and clockwork, discovers a door to Faery, and through a handsome fae named Pick, the secret of her own magic.

In the city of Lovecraft, where dark magic seethes and Elder Gods reign, a young writer falls in love with a beautiful girl that feeds on dreams…and may not be a girl at all… 4. Catherine, the daughter of an baron of industry has a penchant for building things that go boom. In her efforts to stop unfair labor practices, and those that further them such as her father , she meets a man that makes her lips tingle, and will turn her world upside down. But will her Juliet be too realistic? A rather disturbing tale of an evil man that kidnaps a mermaid and takes her as his wife.

When she dies in childbirth, he raises the girl, Silka, shackled in a cage, telling her stories of how he will seek his true love in the big city. Around the time of her 15th birthday, Silka eats her father, breaks out of her shackles, and goes off to see her true love. During her journey, she meets all manner of men with less then honorable intentions, so she eats them too.

Then she meets a thief named Toby, who teaches her a better way to live. Like I said, rather disturbing, but also sweet and probably one of my favorites of the bunch. On an airship, she meets the charming JW. When their airship makes an unscheduled landing in Deadwood, it will take all of their wits to get them out of Deadwood. In Venezia, a young girl that commands air elementals will do anything to save her grandfather and her city.

Why, join up, of course! Siamese twins and freak show performers Faith and Patience, are once again performing on the Gemini airship. When a powerful magician offers to separate them, and uses the fate of their dearest friend as leverage, can they possibly refuse? In the City of Light, a boy that can fly and a girl intended for another fall in love, but will it be their undoing? Corporal Reed, of the Imperial House Guard, is charged with keeping Princess Athena safe in the magic filled woods during the Hunt, and he will find out a truth about Athena that will change his life forever.

This was a magic and wonder-filled story! Welcome to Portero. Join Chickie Hill and Sue Jean for one hell of a ride. Time travel, otherworldy creatures, and as the title suggests, one badass ride are the order of the day for a town that sits just this side of normal. Jun 13, Melindeeloo rated it liked it Shelves: My favorite steampunk stories are ones in which there is still a historical feel but the technology plays a significant role - rather than just being part of the scenary - and adds a twist to turn the familiar into something different - and I don't mind if there is a bit of magic thrown into the mix as well - add a touch of romance and I am good to go This collection gets off to a slow start and I was a bit disappointed in the first few stories that the steampunk was mostly incidental.

But onc My favorite steampunk stories are ones in which there is still a historical feel but the technology plays a significant role - rather than just being part of the scenary - and adds a twist to turn the familiar into something different - and I don't mind if there is a bit of magic thrown into the mix as well - add a touch of romance and I am good to go But once the the boiler was finally stoked, it was full steam ahead - or at least enough steam to keep things rolling along.

The Cannibal Fiend of Rotherhithe by Frewin Jones - In which our 'heroine' - and that is a stretch - is off to London looking for love and I don't even know how to summarize this one 3. Wild Magic by Ann Aguirre - A priviledged daughter of good blood gets to use her forbidden magic - I liked this but it was more fantasy than steampunk 4 Deadwood by Michael Scott - In which our heroine puts her natural talents to use when she is the victim of an airship-napping - I really enjoyed this one and the last paragraph was good for a chuckle too 5.

Code of Blood by Dru Pagliassoti - Blood will tell, but can it save the day? Clockwork Corset by Adrienne Kress - When friendship becomes more, a woman will do what's necessary to make sure her 'friend' survives - Clockwork and steam powered inventions litter the background and provide the means of salvation as well 7. The Airship Gemini by Jaclyn Dolamore- The thought of a little alone time has little appeal for Siamese twins, but that choice may no longer be theirs - Other than the setting, this one is fueled more by magic than steam 8.

Under Amber Skies by Maria V Snyder - The nazi's are very interested in a young Polish girl's father's amazing inventions - I love stories where the inventions are integral to the story. King of the Greelight City by Tessa Gratton - A young mage awakens to a surprising power - This was more fantasy and would have liked it more in book that didn't have romance in the title - there are expectation for the ending in a romance 10 The Emperor's Man by Tiffany Trent - A guard loyal to the Emperor is awakened to the truth - Another more fantasy offering Chickie Hill's Badass Ride by Dia Reeves - This one is an alternate 50's instead of the normal 's, but has the inventions.

Vast Machinery of Dreams by Caitlin Kittredge - Hmmm, well can't really say exactly what this one's about. Tick, Tock, Boom by Kierstan White - A nice wrap-up to the collection, a 'vapid' well bred lady is more than she seems. Aug 19, Drucilla rated it liked it Shelves: Second, I've split this review into two sections steampunk and romance to make more helpful hopefully.

Third, I'm going to try my best not to give spoilers. If you're a fan of steampunk, you should read this book. If you aren't a fan of romances, suck it up. Some, if not most, of the stories demonstrate an excellent use of the steampunk genre. I'm not gonna lie to you The romance stories can be divided into 3 categories: In regards to the first and last categories, I feel they should be included in this volume.

The first category fulfills this and the last one does as well who said romance had to be between a boy and girl? The issue is with the second category. There are a few entries that in my opinion, of course can hardly be called romances. To give some of those stories credit, however, the plot of 1 or 2 of them greatly outweighs the fact that there was only implied romance within it.

This is something that many people will disagree with me about, but I feel I must address it. I'm a happy ending person. I know life doesn't always give happy endings, but I like my fiction with a side of happy endings. In this volume, there are 2 stories which don't have happy endings. I know everyone will yell and throw Shakespeare, Bronte, and a whole host of other authors at me, saying that some of the greatest romances are tragic, but remember this is just my opinion and, as an English major, I'm definitly not knocking the masters.

I guess I wouldn't feel the need to get up on a soapbox about this if they hadn't put these two stories back to back. If that doesn't convince you, then I don't know what will. Feb 02, K. O'Bibliophile rated it it was ok Shelves: A collection of, presumably, romantic steampunk stories. I love the steampunk aesthetic and the other anthology edited by Trisha Telep that I've read Kiss Me Deadly; paranormal romance was surprisingly good in that it had an emphasis on the paranormal and not so much on the romance, resulting in some very good stories.

I hoped that this would similarly be a collection of very steampunky stories where the romance took a back seat. If anything, this is a collection of mostly badly- A collection of, presumably, romantic steampunk stories. If anything, this is a collection of mostly badly- or dully-written psuedo-historical romances into which most authors attempted to thrust in a corset here, a steam engine there.

I didn't read the last fourth of the book. With a short story collection I rarely give up, because with so many authors there's always a chance the next story will be great. However, so many of the stories were so freaking boring and not steampunk at all that I doubt I missed anything. The few that might be worth reading: Deadwood by Michael Scott. Steampunk- ish , in that automatons are mentioned and people flew in a dirigible. Likeable characters and a small twist at the end made this one of the few that you actually minded being interrupted in. Set during a mechanized WWII no corsets!

It has definite weak spots namely, the romance was almost an unneeded afterthought , but at least a definite plot by an author who seems to have grasped steampunk, which is more than you can say about most of the others. All others were mediocre at best, and badly-written tripe at worst Rude Mechanicals , the opening story, for instance. You get the feeling that most authors had never heard of steampunk before being approached for this anthology and their stories show it.

Stilted language and being set in the Victorian era was enough for a lot The Cannibal Fiend of Rotherhithe featured mermaids and a train. The Airship Gemini has its characters The bottom line is, the pretty cover is probably the best thing the book has going for it. Go read Girl Genius instead for something with steampunk, romance, and a real plot. Jul 20, oliviasbooks is currently reading it Shelves: My rating of the stories I've read so far: Tunnels, restrictive parents, powers and fairies.

Siamesic freak-show twins who are forced by their handler to let a fame-hungry magici My rating of the stories I've read so far: Siamesic freak-show twins who are forced by their handler to let a fame-hungry magician separate them are saved by a vampiric love interest. A years-old, London-based theatre director falls in love with a steampunky actrobot starring as Shakespeare's Juliet. As boring, forgettable and incomplete as it came across, it has unquestionably been squeezed out by its creator to fill the designated spot in the anthology. The heroine's father is an inventor whose wondrous machines like kitchen tools and agricultural vehicles are secretly powered by amber stones.

The heroine's mother is a tough patriot who wishes her husband would concentrate on designing new weapons able to destroy the Nazis, who employ metal owls to spy out the enemy. When her father disappears and her mother grows more and more fanatic, the heroine and the boy she is not allowed to love become a target and have to use their wit View all 4 comments. Feb 16, Below rated it it was ok Shelves: A hit and miss collection.

Stories from Best to Worst: Thoroughly enjoyed this story, liked the way Venice was portrayed. Wild Magic by Ann Aguirre - 3. Would actually like to see more of this universe because it seemed pretty interesting. De A hit and miss collection. Decent story, nothing out of this world but held my interest. Liked the setting with the racial aspect mainly.

I wasn't that keen on this story, but the author did just enough to keep me interested. Alright but pretty forgettable tale. Liked the idea, not keen on the execution. We didn't see enough of Deadwood even for a short story to make the build up worth it. The Emperor's Man by Tiffany Trent - 1.

I don't really like anything that has people worshipping Darwin. The way this was written annoyed me. Didn't really like the writing much and never got into the story. Don't really have anything to say other than it was dull. Dec 29, Jenclone rated it it was amazing. Usually with theme anthologies, I find one or two gems, a couple of clunkers, and a handful of stories that are moderately entertaining but forgettable.

I really, really like every story included here, and was impressed with the consistent, high-quality prose. The worst I can say is that a few of them were predictable - but still fun. I have a whole list of new authors to check out now. I've just glanced through the rest of the reviews and have to laugh at the direction most of the criticis Usually with theme anthologies, I find one or two gems, a couple of clunkers, and a handful of stories that are moderately entertaining but forgettable.

I've just glanced through the rest of the reviews and have to laugh at the direction most of the criticism takes. I think lots of folks are looking for stories that fit their specific criteria, and that makes it tough to enjoy a compilation with lots of variety. I will agree that those who want all happy endings will be disappointed. As far as the comments about the editing - I'm not even sure what to say.

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If you've read a lot of popular fiction published in the last 10 years, you'll know how sloppy publishers are getting with proofreading. I highly doubt that checking punctuation was part of Trisha Telep's job description here. Now that I think about it, I would recommend this book most to those who are fans of steampunk or urban fantasy, not strictly romance. There's nothing shocking here, but nothing too formulaic either. I found the stories very romantic - but not too romantic for my boyfriend to enjoy.

Make of that what you will. Sep 15, Kara rated it really liked it Shelves: If its Solarpunk, everything should involve Art Deco solar panels, if its C 13 tales of steam and steam , if you know what I mean, wink, wink, nudge, nudge. If its Solarpunk, everything should involve Art Deco solar panels, if its Clockpunk, I demand beribboned Da Vinci machines on steroids! And, of course, Steampunk needs to have no less than five brass cogs on every piece of clothing and the name of every piece of machinery should involve no less than four syllables.

The stories here do a fairly good job on delivering that, but all could have used just a little more world building to make them a little more fleshed out and detailed in proper punk fashion. But overall, very enjoyable. Rude Mechanicals by Lesley Livingston Steampunk is made for the over the top theater-people types, and it works perfectly here as a young man bemoans how all the new tech is killing true art — until he meets an automaton actress who proves just what tech can do for the stage.

He ends up almost dying for his art — but they are putting on Romeo and Juliet! The Cannibal Fiend of Rotherhithe by Frewin Jones A dark start to the collection about a fisherman who catches a mermaid, keeps her captive, and, when she dies in childbirth the how of the conjoining is blatantly skipped over with droll narration he keeps his daughter locked up. She finally escapes after acquiring a taste for cannibalism, and is off on a grand adventure that becomes a distaff Jack the Ripper tale, as she sincerely argues she only eats men who deserve it.

There is a type of happily ever after, but be prepared for a lot of violence along with way. An amusing mash up in writing style — like if Charles Dickens wrote Sweeny Todd. Wild Magic by Ann Aguirre High Fantasy meets Steampunk as a young noblewoman of one of the finest houses that rule the clockwork city meets a young man from the lower orders who practices the old ways of magic.

A lovely day that starts out as a fun holiday rapidly goes downhill as the French invade, determined to take over the city and kill the Doge. A fast paced adventure, although slightly hard to get into given the amount of magical terms thrown at the reader. The Clockwork Corset by Adrienne Kress Boy goes to war, girl chases after him dressed as a boy to help out. Boy and girl save the day!

Also, surprise twist — view spoiler [vampires hide spoiler ]! Loved the robot crabs! Loved both the beautiful world building and the characters, but- that ending! It was an interesting story, but a bit of re-tred of that type of story without offering anything new. The werewolf twist at the end just felt tacked on as weirdness for the sake of weirdness. It is the cusp of World War I, and all the European powers are arming up. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The British Darwinists employ fabricated animals as their weaponry.

Their Leviathan is a whale airship, and the most masterful beast in the British fleet. Aleksandar Ferdinand, prince of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battle-torn Stormwalker and a loyal crew of men. Deryn Sharp is a commoner, a girl disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered.

One that will change both their lives forever. Beneath the towering bleached ribs of a dead, ancient beast lies New Crobuzon, a squalid city where humans, Re-mades, and arcane races live in perpetual fear of Parliament and its brutal militia. The air and rivers are thick with factory pollutants and the strange effluents of alchemy, and the ghettos contain a vast mix of workers, artists, spies, junkies, and whores.

In New Crobuzon, the unsavory deal is stranger to none—not even to Isaac, a brilliant scientist with a penchant for Crisis Theory.

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The United States government assembles an expedition in New York City to find and destroy the monster. Professor Pierre Aronnax, a French marine biologist and narrator of the story, who happens to be in New York at the time, receives a last-minute invitation to join the expedition which he accepts. They are quickly captured and brought inside the vessel, where they meet its enigmatic creator and commander, Captain Nemo.

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The collapse of the Victoria Embankment uncovers a passage to an unknown realm beneath the city. Ives and his stalwart friends investigate a string of ghastly crimes: A prime example of the steampunk sub-genre, it posits a Victorian Britain in which great technological and social change has occurred after entrepreneurial inventor Charles Babbage succeeded in his ambition to build a mechanical computer called Engines.

Steampunk most recognizably features anachronistic technologies or retrofuturistic inventions as people in the 19th century might have envisioned them, and is likewise rooted in the era's perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, and art. Steampunk may also incorporate additional elements from the genres of fantasy , horror , historical fiction , alternate history, or other branches of speculative fiction , making it often a hybrid genre. Steampunk also refers to any of the artistic styles, clothing fashions, or subcultures that have developed from the aesthetics of steampunk fiction, Victorian-era fiction, art nouveau design, and films from the midth century.

Steampunk is influenced by and often adopts the style of the 19th-century scientific romances of Jules Verne , H. Wells , Mary Shelley , and Edward S. Ellis 's The Steam Man of the Prairies. The film Brazil was an important early cinematic influence that helped codify the aesthetics of the genre. The Adventures of Luther Arkwright was an early s comic version of the Moorcock -style mover between timestreams. In fine art, Remedios Varo 's paintings combine elements of Victorian dress, fantasy, and technofantasy imagery. Although many works now considered seminal to the genre were published in the s and s, the term steampunk originated in the late s as a tongue-in-cheek variant of cyberpunk.

It was coined by science fiction author K. Jeter , [17] who was trying to find a general term for works by Tim Powers The Anubis Gates , , James Blaylock Homunculus , , and himself Morlock Night , , and Infernal Devices , —all of which took place in a 19th-century usually Victorian setting and imitated conventions of such actual Victorian speculative fiction as H. Wells ' The Time Machine. In a letter to science fiction magazine Locus , printed in the April issue, Jeter wrote:. Though of course, I did find her review in the March Locus to be quite flattering.

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Personally, I think Victorian fantasies are going to be the next big thing, as long as we can come up with a fitting collective term for Powers, Blaylock and myself. Something based on the appropriate technology of the era; like "steam-punks," perhaps Clark 's Queen Victoria's Bomb apply modern speculation to past-age technology and society. The Adventures of Luther Arkwright mids was the first steampunk comic. The first use of the word in a title was in Paul Di Filippo 's Steampunk Trilogy , [24] consisting of three short novels: Superficially, steampunk may resemble retrofuturism.

Indeed, both sensibilities recall "the older but still modern eras in which technological change seemed to anticipate a better world, one remembered as relatively innocent of industrial decline. As scholars Rachel Bowser and Brian Croxall put it, "the tinkering and tinker-able technologies within steampunk invite us to roll up our sleeves and get to work re-shaping our contemporary world. Many of the visualisations of steampunk have their origins with, among others, Walt Disney 's film 20, Leagues Under the Sea , [27] including the design of the story's submarine the Nautilus , its interiors, and the crew's underwater gear; and George Pal 's film The Time Machine , especially the design of the time machine itself.

Aspects of steampunk design emphasise a balance between form and function. But John Ruskin, William Morris, and the other reformers in the late nineteenth century rejected machines and industrial production. On the other hand, steampunk enthusiasts present a "non- luddite critique of technology". Various modern utilitarian objects have been modified by enthusiasts into a pseudo-Victorian mechanical "steampunk" style. The station is reminiscent of a submarine, sheathed in brass with giant cogs in the ceiling and portholes that look out onto fanciful scenes.

The artist group Kinetic Steam Works [35] brought a working steam engine to the Burning Man festival in and The Neverwas Haul is a three-story, self-propelled mobile art vehicle built to resemble a Victorian house on wheels. In May—June , multimedia artist and sculptor Paul St George exhibited outdoor interactive video installations linking London and Brooklyn, New York, in a Victorian era-styled telectroscope.

In , for Questacon , artist Tim Wetherell created a large wall piece that represented the concept of the clockwork universe. This steel artwork contains moving gears, a working clock, and a movie of the moon's terminator in action. The 3D moon movie was created by Antony Williams. From October through February , the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford , hosted the first major exhibition of steampunk art objects, curated and developed by New York artist and designer Art Donovan, [48] who also exhibited his own "electro-futuristic" lighting sculptures, and presented by Dr.

Jim Bennett, museum director. The exhibition proved to be the most successful and highly attended in the museum's history and attracted more than eighty thousand visitors. The event was detailed in the official artist's journal The Art of Steampunk , by curator Donovan.

A year later, a more permanent gallery, Steampunk HQ , was opened in the former Meeks Grain Elevator Building across the road from The Woolstore, and has since become a notable tourist attraction for Oamaru. In , the Mobilis in Mobili: An Exhibition of Steampunk Art and Appliance made its debut. Grymm" Marsocci, [31] and Christopher Conte. Steampunk fashion has no set guidelines but tends to synthesize modern styles with influences from the Victorian era.

Such influences may include bustles , corsets , gowns, and petticoats ; suits with waistcoats , coats, top hats [56] and bowler hats themselves originating in England , tailcoats and spats ; or military-inspired garments. Steampunk-influenced outfits are usually accented with several technological and "period" accessories: Modern accessories like cell phones or music players can be found in steampunk outfits, after being modified to give them the appearance of Victorian-era objects.

Post-apocalyptic elements, such as gas masks, ragged clothing, and tribal motifs, can also be included. Aspects of steampunk fashion have been anticipated by mainstream high fashion, the Lolita and aristocrat styles, neo-Victorianism, and the romantic goth subculture. In , Kate Lambert , known as "Kato", founded the first steampunk clothing company, "Steampunk Couture", [60] mixing Victorian and post-apocalyptic influences. In , IBM predicted, based on an analysis of more than a half million public posts on message boards, blogs, social media sites, and news sources, "that 'steampunk,' a subgenre inspired by the clothing, technology and social mores of Victorian society, will be a major trend to bubble up and take hold of the retail industry".

And in episode 7 of Lifetime ' s " Project Runway: Under the Gunn" reality series , contestants were challenged to create avant-garde "steampunk chic" looks. The instructional book, aimed at young programming students, depicts Holmes using the engine as an aid in his investigations, and lists programs that perform simple data processing tasks required to solve the fictional cases. The book even describes a device that allows the engine to be used remotely, over telegraph lines, as a possible enhancement to Babbage's machine.

In , the first version of the science fiction roleplaying game Space: The game is set in an alternative history in which certain now discredited Victorian scientific theories were probable and led to new technologies. William Gibson and Bruce Sterling 's novel The Difference Engine is often credited with bringing about widespread awareness of steampunk.

This setting was different from most steampunk settings in that it takes a dim and dark view of this future, rather than the more prevalent utopian versions. Nick Gevers 's original anthology Extraordinary Engines features newer steampunk stories by some of the genre's writers, as well as other science fiction and fantasy writers experimenting with neo-Victorian conventions.

A retrospective reprint anthology of steampunk fiction was released, also in , by Tachyon Publications. Edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer and appropriately entitled Steampunk , it is a collection of stories by James Blaylock , whose "Narbondo" trilogy is typically considered steampunk; Jay Lake , author of the novel Mainspring , sometimes labeled " clockpunk "; [69] the aforementioned Michael Moorcock; as well as Jess Nevins , known for his annotations to The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen first published in Younger readers have also been targeted by steampunk themes, by authors such as Philip Reeve and Scott Westerfeld.

Westerfeld's Leviathan trilogy is set during an alternate First World War fought between the "clankers" Central Powers , who use steam technology, and "darwinists" Allied Powers , who use genetically engineered creatures instead of machines. Suzanne Lazear's Aether Chronicles series mixes steampunk with faeries, and The Unnaturalists , by Tiffany Trent, combines steampunk with mythological creatures and alternate history.

While most of the original steampunk works had a historical setting, [ citation needed ] later works often place steampunk elements in a fantasy world with little relation to any specific historic era. Historical steampunk tends to be science fiction that presents an alternate history; it also contains real locales and persons from history with alternative fantasy technology.

Self-described author of "far-fetched fiction" Robert Rankin has increasingly incorporated elements of steampunk into narrative worlds that are both Victorian and re-imagined contemporary.

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In , he was made a Fellow of the Victorian Steampunk Society. The comic book series Hellboy , created by Mike Mignola , and the two Hellboy films featuring Ron Perlman and directed by Guillermo del Toro , all have steampunk elements. In the comic book and the first film , Karl Ruprecht Kroenen is a Nazi SS scientist who has an addiction to having himself surgically altered, and who has many mechanical prostheses, including a clockwork heart.

The Golden Army , as an ectoplasmic medium a gaseous form in a partly mechanical suit. This second film also features the Golden Army itself, which is a collection of 4, mechanical steampunk warriors. Since the s, the application of the steampunk label has expanded beyond works set in recognisable historical periods, to works set in fantasy worlds that rely heavily on steam- or spring-powered technology. Fantasy steampunk settings abound in tabletop and computer role-playing games. Notable examples include Skies of Arcadia , [74] Rise of Nations: Rise of Legends , [75] and Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura.

One of the first steampunk novels set in a Middle Earth -like world was the Forest of Boland Light Railway by BB , about gnomes who build a steam locomotive. The gnomes and goblins in World of Warcraft also have technological societies that could be described as steampunk, [76] as they are vastly ahead of the technologies of men , but still run on steam and mechanical power.

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The Dwarves of the Elder Scrolls series , described therein as a race of Elves called the Dwemer, also use steam powered machinery, with gigantic brass-like gears, throughout their underground cities. However, magical means are used to keep ancient devices in motion despite the Dwemer's ancient disappearance. The game Thief: The Dark Project , as well as the other sequels including its reboot , feature heavy steampunk-inspired architecture, setting, and technology. Amidst the historical and fantasy subgenres of steampunk is a type that takes place in a hypothetical future or a fantasy equivalent of our future involving the domination of steampunk-style technology and aesthetics.

In , musician Thomas Dolby heralded his return to music after a year hiatus with an online steampunk alternate fantasy world called the Floating City, to promote his album A Map of the Floating City. Another setting is "Western" steampunk, which overlaps with both the Weird West and Science fiction Western subgenres.

Several other categories have arisen, sharing similar names, including dieselpunk , clockwork-punk , and others. Most of these terms were coined as supplements to the GURPS role playing game, and are not used in other contexts. Kaja Foglio introduced the term "Gaslight Romance", [20]: But the latter category focuses nostalgically on icons from the late years of that century and the early years of the 20th century—on Dracula, Jekyll and Hyde, Jack the Ripper, Sherlock Holmes and even Tarzan—and can normally be understood as combining supernatural fiction and recursive fantasy , though some gaslight romances can be read as fantasies of history.

Mary Shelley 's The Last Man , set near the end of the 21st century after a plague had brought down civilization, was probably the ancestor of post-apocalyptic steampunk literature. Post-apocalyptic steampunk is set in a world where some cataclysm has precipitated the fall of civilization and steam power is once again ascendant, such as in Hayao Miyazaki 's post-apocalyptic anime Future Boy Conan , [78] where a war fought with superweapons has devastated the planet.

Robert Brown 's novel, The Wrath of Fate as well as much of Abney Park 's music is set in A Victorianesque world where an apocalypse was set into motion by a time-traveling mishap. Cherie Priest 's Boneshaker series is set in a world where a zombie apocalypse happened during the Civil War era. The Peshawar Lancers by S. Stirling is set in a post-apocalyptic future in which a meteor shower in caused the collapse of Industrialized civilization. The movie 9 which might be better classified as "stitchpunk" but was largely influenced by steampunk [82] is also set in a post-apocalyptic world after a self-aware war machine ran amok.

Steampunk Magazine even published a book called A Steampunk's Guide to the Apocalypse , about how steampunks could survive should such a thing actually happen. In general, this category includes any recent science fiction that takes place in a recognizable historical period sometimes an alternate history version of an actual historical period in which the Industrial Revolution has already begun, but electricity is not yet widespread, "usually Britain of the early to mid-nineteenth century or the fantasized Wild West-era United States", [83] with an emphasis on steam- or spring-propelled gadgets.

The most common historical steampunk settings are the Victorian and Edwardian eras , though some in this "Victorian steampunk" category are set as early as the beginning of the Industrial Revolution and as late as the end of World War I. Some examples of this type include the novel The Difference Engine , [84] the comic book series League of Extraordinary Gentlemen , the Disney animated film Atlantis: Other comic series are set in a more familiar London, as in the Victorian Undead , which has Sherlock Holmes , Doctor Watson , and others taking on zombies, Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde , and Count Dracula , with advanced weapons and devices.