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Steampunk Builds Momentum as Rising Genre
There’s been a renewal of science fiction that doesn’t shimmer like a white, sterile silicon but instead growls like the black smoke belly of a London fog. It’s called steampunk.
There was a time, a century or more ago, when the tremendous pace of scientific and industrial innovation people were experiencing inspired writers to imagine almost anything was possible. Why, if engineers could drive trains through tunnels under cities and send the human voice down a wire from one city to another, then maybe they could build ships that sailed underwater and rockets that flew to the moon! Early science fiction authors such as Jules Verne and H.G. Wells could imagine such things but had no language of technology beyond steam engines and clockwork. So, the first steampunk novels were written, a kind of low-tech science fiction/fantasy. Today’s steampunk takes itself a little less seriously. In an age of nanobots and quantum mechanics where realities may be invisible and almost unimaginable, it’s kind of nice to get back to some smoke and noise.
We’ve put together a chunky, mechanical steampunk list. It includes some video, such as The Time Machine and Sherlock Holmes, some fun adaptations of classic stories such as Around the World in 100 Days and The Looking Glass Wars; and lots of entertaining new books featuring fabulous airships, alchemy and the unending struggle between good and evil. Check it out!