posted Mar 7, 2012, 11:59 AM by Cathy Kyle
updated Mar 29, 2012, 12:16 PM
I find the idea of steampunk absolutely intriguing! According to the website Steampunk (appropriately named, don't you think?):
I love the site Etsy too, so while exploring for other things, I found all this great steampunk stuff!
To me, Steampunk has always been first and foremost a literary genre, or least a subgenre of science fiction and fantasy that includes social or technological aspects of the 19th century (the steam) usually with some deconstruction of, reimagining of, or rebellion against parts of it (the punk). Unfortunately, it is a poorly defined subgenre, with plenty of disagreement about what is and is not included. For example, steampunk stories may:
Take place in the Victorian era but include advanced machines based on 19th century technology (e.g. The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling);
Include the supernatural as well (e.g. The Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger);
Include the supernatural and forego the technology (e.g. The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers, one of the works that inspired the term ‘steampunk’);
Include the advanced machines, but take place later than the Victorian period, thereby assuming that the predomination by electricity and petroleum never happens (e.g. The Peshawar Lancers by S. M. Stirling); or
Take place in an another world altogether, but featuring Victorian-like technology (e.g. Mainspring by Jay Lake).
Anyway, onto the reason for the steampunk ramblings. My sister sent me this article about a steampunk picture book bedtime story! How cool is that? Its called Her Majesty's Explorer. One Goodreads search later and I found some pretty awesome lists for teen steampunk books. Here's "Popular YA Steampunk books" and here's "Popular Steampunk YA books". Yeah, don't ask me why there are two different lists that just have the YA in a different spot. I have no idea, but there are a lot of great books in the lists. If you see anything on the lists that look awesome and you think we should have it, shoot me an email and I'll have a look into it.