Introduction to Steampunk

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Tomorrow at my own blog I start six days of posts about television adaptations of the Lord Peter Wimsey novels by Dorothy Sayers.

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Steampunk Recommendations

Comics:
Fullmetal Alchemist is a wonderful Japanese steampunk series, available as both manga and anime.

Also in comics, Lea Hernandez’ Cathedral Child and Clockwork Angels. Phil and Kaja Foglio’s Girl Genius can be read for free online.

I really love The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage. And so should you.

Style:
If you’d like to get a good overview of steampunk fashion, check out Steampunk Workshop and the Flickr photo pool.

A quick guide to Steampunk style.

Do It Yourself is part of the fun, but if you want to spend money, try these fine vendors:
Clockwork Couture.
Victorian Trading Company.
Steampunk jewelry and accessories at Etsy.com.

Television:
The Wild Wild West was full of improbable gadgets. I prefer the tv show, not the later movie…though the movie might have sparked new interest, so who knows?

Books:
I’m going to focus on earlier examples of the genre for the most part.

The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling.

The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers.

The Iron Dragon’s Daughter by Michael Swanwick.

The Hollow Earth by Rudy Rucker.

Last, Wicked Gentlemen by Ginn Hale is a much newer book that has some wonderful imagery and ideas, and includes a delicious male/male romance. I read this book wanting more of it, and still want more of it.

More?
Steampunk Month at Tor.com.

A post by Meljean Brook that’s an introduction to steampunk.

Done? Then move on to Dieselpunk.

I wonder when someone will start a trend of “SteamPink”?

About Victoria Janssen

Victoria Janssen’s first erotic novel, The Duchess, Her Maid, The Groom and Their Lover (Harlequin Spice, December 2008), was translated into French and German. Her second Spice novel, The Moonlight Mistress (December 2009), was translated into Italian and nominated for a RT Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her third novel is The Duke & The Pirate Queen (December 2010). She has also published erotic short stories as Elspeth Potter. Her blog features professional writing and marketing tips, genre discussion, book reviews, and occasional author interviews.
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3 Responses to Introduction to Steampunk

  1. vvb32 reads says:

    Love it. I look forward to the rest of your posts! And, love the steampink off-shoot idea. and is the definition in relation to heavily female doings or the glbt world? May I mention it on my blog? (credit to you, of course)

  2. Victoria Janssen says:

    I just made up "steampink" while writing this post. Though I'd be surprised if nobody came up with it before!

  3. jennareynolds says:

    Steampink! Cool! :)

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