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The Steampunk Bible: An Illustrated Guide to the World of Imaginary Airships, Corsets and Goggles, Mad Scientists, and Strange Literature

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Steampunk — a grafting of Victorian aesthetic and punk rock attitude onto various forms of science-fiction culture — is a phenomenon that has come to influence film, literature, art, music, fashion, and more. The Steampunk Bible is the first compendium about the movement, tracing its roots in the works of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells through its most recent expression in movies such as Sherlock Holmes.

Its adherents celebrate the inventor as an artist and hero, re-envisioning and crafting retro technologies including antiquated airships and robots. A burgeoning DIY community has brought a distinctive Victorian-fantasy style to their crafts and art. Steampunk evokes a sense of adventure and discovery, and embraces extinct technologies as a way of talking about the future. This ultimate manual will appeal to aficionados and novices alike as author Jeff VanderMeer takes the reader on a wild ride through the clockwork corridors of Steampunk history.

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"The Steampunk Bible is an informed, informative and beautifully illustrated survey of the subject." The Financial Times

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"The Steampunk Bible is far and away the most intriguing catalog of all things steam yet written." The Austin Chronicle

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“It's hard to imagine how VanderMeer and Chambers could have put together a stronger collection. Its publication marks a significant, self-conscious moment in the history of the movement.” PopMatters.com

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Meet Boilerplate, the world's first robot soldier — not in a present-day military lab or a science-fiction movie, but in the past, during one of the most fascinating periods of U.S. history. Designed by Professor Archibald Campion in 1893 as a prototype, for the self-proclaimed purpose of "preventing the deaths of men in the conflicts of nations," Boilerplate charged into combat alongside such notables as Teddy Roosevelt and Lawrence of Arabia. Campion and his robot also circled the planet with the U.S. Navy, trekked to the South Pole, made silent movies, and hobnobbed with the likes of Mark Twain and Nikola Tesla.

You say you've never heard of Boilerplate before? That's because this book is the fanciful creation of a husband-and-wife team who have richly imagined these characters and inserted them into accurate retellings of history. This full-color chronicle is profusely illustrated with graphics mimicking period style, including photos, paintings, posters, cartoons, maps, and even stereoscope cards. Part Jules Verne and part Zelig, it's a great volume for a broad range of fans of science fiction, history, and robots.

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The Steampunk Bible is the first compendium about the movement, tracing its roots in the works of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells through its most recent expression in movies such as Sherlock Holmes. This ultimate manual will appeal to aficionados and novices alike as author Jeff VanderMeer takes the reader on a wild ride through the clockwork corridors of Steampunk history.

About the Author

Jeff VanderMeer is an award-winning author and coeditor of a bestselling anthology of Steampunk literature.

S. J. Chambers is an independent Poe scholar focusing on his importance to genre literature like Steampunk.

Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett have been collaborating on comics and graphic novels since 1989, including the Eisner Award-nominated science-fiction comic series Heartbreakers. Paul is an artist and writer whose clients include the History Channel and the Cartoon Network. Anina is a writer and editor who has worked with Dark Horse Comics and international publisher Egmont. They live in Portland, Oregon.

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Cora, October 1, 2013 (view all comments by Cora)
Three Excellent Reasons to Read The Steampunk Bible

Have you noticed that Steampunk seems to be everywhere? Are you curious and want to know more?

If you don’t know a lot about Steampunk, but you like the new Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law) movies, then you’ve experienced Steampunk. Jules Verne and HG Wells meet Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: new, improved, and updated. It’s about the clothes, the gadgets, and the time period. Plus, it’s lots of fun because there’s always a little bit of the fantastical thrown into the mix.

If you want to know more about Steampunk, then The Steampunk Bible (Jeff Vandermeer) is one of the books I'd recommend.

Here’s why I recommend it:
It gives detailed background information on the literature: the Steampunk movement began with books.
It explores the other areas that have morphed from the Steampunk books: fashion, cosplay (grownups playing dress up), the craftsmen who make Steampunk gadgets, the conferences, gatherings, exhibits, as well as the music, art, photography, and films.
It includes aspects of the global nature of the movement and how the movement manifests in other countries and cultures.

Who will enjoy The Steampunk Bible? This book is for the neophyte, who wants to learn more, and for the seasoned Steampunk veteran as well as those between these extremes. I'd bet that someone who knows a lot about Steampunk would learn something from this book. Before reading it, I didn’t realize the extensive influence and many facets of Steampunk.

One of the nice features is the seven chapters focus on a different aspect of Steampunk. So, you can return to a specific section and find what you want.

Photographs and Illustrations: The other big plus is the liberal use of photographs and illustrations. Do you like ray guns? Wondering about period costumes or Steampunk creations and the artisans who make them? There are pictures and illustrations to satisfy your curiosity.

To be honest, I’ve sipped coffee and spent a few hours admiring the pictures. No one will complain that there aren't enough pictures.

It's a Keeper: The excellent background information coupled with plenty of illustrations makes this book a keeper. It’ll stay on my bookshelf as a reference and as a fun book to take up again and again. Who wouldn't want to look at a Steampunk guitar, a steam powered elephant, or lust over a Steampunk laptop?

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780810989580
Subtitle:
An Illustrated Guide to the World of Imaginary Airships, Corsets and Goggles, Mad Scientists, and Strange Literature
Author:
Jeff VanderMeer and S. J. Chambers
Illustrator:
Bennett, Anina
Illustrator:
Guinan, Paul
Author:
VanderMeer, Jeff
Author:
Chambers, S. J.
Publisher:
ABRAMS
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Steampunk fiction - History and criticism
Subject:
Steampunk culture
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
Fantasy - Contemporary
Edition Description:
All Ebooks
Publication Date:
20110531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
10 x 7 in

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"Review" by , "The Steampunk Bible is an informed, informative and beautifully illustrated survey of the subject."
"Review" by , "The Steampunk Bible is far and away the most intriguing catalog of all things steam yet written."
"Review" by , “It's hard to imagine how VanderMeer and Chambers could have put together a stronger collection. Its publication marks a significant, self-conscious moment in the history of the movement.”
"Synopsis" by , Meet Boilerplate, the world's first robot soldier — not in a present-day military lab or a science-fiction movie, but in the past, during one of the most fascinating periods of U.S. history. Designed by Professor Archibald Campion in 1893 as a prototype, for the self-proclaimed purpose of "preventing the deaths of men in the conflicts of nations," Boilerplate charged into combat alongside such notables as Teddy Roosevelt and Lawrence of Arabia. Campion and his robot also circled the planet with the U.S. Navy, trekked to the South Pole, made silent movies, and hobnobbed with the likes of Mark Twain and Nikola Tesla.

You say you've never heard of Boilerplate before? That's because this book is the fanciful creation of a husband-and-wife team who have richly imagined these characters and inserted them into accurate retellings of history. This full-color chronicle is profusely illustrated with graphics mimicking period style, including photos, paintings, posters, cartoons, maps, and even stereoscope cards. Part Jules Verne and part Zelig, it's a great volume for a broad range of fans of science fiction, history, and robots.

"Synopsis" by , The Steampunk Bible is the first compendium about the movement, tracing its roots in the works of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells through its most recent expression in movies such as Sherlock Holmes. This ultimate manual will appeal to aficionados and novices alike as author Jeff VanderMeer takes the reader on a wild ride through the clockwork corridors of Steampunk history.
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