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Steampunk: An Illustrated History of Fantastical Fiction, Fanciful Film and Other Victorian Visionsby Brian J. Robb
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Steampunk is the hottest science fiction counterculture, alive in fantasy novels, films, arts and crafts, fashion, comic books, music, computer games, even architecture. Enter a world of Victorian technology, where steam power meets space travel. From Jules Verne and H. G. Wells to Alan Moore, Hayao Miyazaki, and Philip Pullman, the genre has captured imaginations around the globe. Here’s the first grand, illustrated history of the counterculture movement in a book fittingly stylish in its design, package, and artwork. From the fastest dirigible and steam-powered ray guns to fashionistas Lady Gaga and Alexander McQueen, the whole story of the gaslight romance is here.
Here’s the first grand, illustration history of the Steampunk counterculture movement in a book fittingly stylish in its design, package, and artwork.
James Blaylock is one of the originators of Steampunk science fiction. He is the author of The Narbondo Series, including The Digging Leviathan, Homunculus, Lord Kelvin’s Machine, The Adventures of Langdon St. Ives, The Ebb Tide, The Affair of the Chalk Cliffs, Zeuglodon, and The Aylesford Skull; The Balumnia Trilogy, including The Elfin Ship, The Disappearing Dwarf, The Stone Giant, and The Man in the Moon; The Christian Trilogy, including The Last Coin, The Paper Grail, and All the Bells on Earth; The Ghosts Trilogy, including Night Relics, Winter Tides, and The Rainy Season; plus The Complete Twelve Hours of the Night, Land of Dreams, The Magic Spectacles, 13 Phantasms, On Pirates, The Devils in the Details, In for a Penny, The Knights of the Cornerstone, and The Shadow on the Doorstep.
Jonathan Clements is the author of several works on eminent Victorians and Edwardians, including Darwin’s Notebook; Mannerheim: President, Soldier, Spy; and Admiral Togo: Nelson of the East. He also wrote Red Devils, the first of the Space: 1889 audio plays for Noise Monster Productions, and numerous Doctor Who audio adventures for Big Finish Productions. An expert on Japanese art and culture, including the country’s particular brand of Steampunk, Jonathan has translated dozens of anime from Japanese and is the author of Schoolgirl Milky Crisis: Adventures in the Anime and Manga Trade and co-author of The Anime Encyclopedia: A Guide to Japanese Animation Since 1917. Jonathan lives near the ruins of London’s Crystal Palace, which was once a home to aeronauts and an experimental pneumatic railway.
Brian J. Robb is a New York Times/Sunday Times best-selling author. Among his works are Timeless Adventures: How Doctor Who Conquered TV, a critical and cultural history of the TV series (Kamera, 2009), A Brief History of Star Trek (forthcoming, Constable & Robinson, 2012) and A Brief History of Star Wars (forthcoming, Constable & Robinson, 2012). He has also written Silent Cinema (Kamera, 2007), Counterfeit Worlds: Philip K. Dick on Film (Titan, 2005), and Screams and Nightmares: The Films of Wes Craven (Titan, 1998). He is the biographer of River Phoenix (Plexus, 1994), Heath Ledger (Plexus, 2008), Brad Pitt (Plexus, 2001), Johnny Depp (Plexus, 2006) and Keanu Reeves (Plexus, 2003), among others. He’s also written books on Laurel and Hardy (Pocket Essentials, 2008), Ridley Scott (Pocket Essentials, 2005) and James Cameron (Pocket Essentials, 2002).
About the Author
Brian J. Robb’s (London, England) biographies of Johnny Depp and Leonardo Di Caprio were both New York Times best sellers. He’s also the author of several books of science fiction and pop culture history and was the editor of Dreamwatch, one of England’s most respected fantasy and sci fi magazines.
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