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So, I don’t think it’s news anymore that Steampunk, a genre that incorporates elements of science fiction, fantasy, alternate history, horror, and speculative fiction and involves a setting where steam power is widely used, is a thing.  It’s definitely a really cool thing, but it’s no surprise to anyone anymore.

There are more and more Steampunk releases coming to your library this year than ever before.  If you haven’t yet taken the time to check out this interesting genre mixture, here’s just a short list of fiction and non-fiction:

The Unnaturalists by Tiffany Trent

In the world of New London Vespa Nyx works at the Museum of Unnatural history cataloging unnatural creatures. She discovers she is the last surviving witch. Along with Syrus Reed, a member of the indigent Tinker clan they find themselves in a web of deception and intrigue. The fate of New London and the whole world just may be in the hands of the young people.


 Innocent Darkness by Suzanne Lazear

In 1901, on an alternate Earth, sixteen-year-old Noli rejoices when a mysterious man transports her from reform school to the Realm of Faerie. But soon, she learns his sinister reason.




The Peculiars by Maureen Doyle McQueery

Eighteen-year-old Lena Mattacascar sets out for Scree, a weird place inhabited by Peculiars, seeking the father who left when she was young, but on the way she meets young librarian Jimson Quiggley and handsome marshall Thomas Saltre, who complicate her plans.



Railsea by China Mieville

On board the moletrain Medes, Sham Yes ap Soorap watches in awe as he witnesses his first moldywarpe hunt. But no matter how spectacular it is, Sham can’t shake the sense that there is more to life than traveling the endless rails of the railsea–even if his captain can think only of the hunt for the ivory-coloured mole she’s been chasing since it took her arm all those years ago.


Steampunk!: An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant

A collection of fourteen fantasy stories by well-known authors, set in the age of steam engines and featuring automatons, clockworks, calculating machines, and other marvels that never existed.



Steampunk Gear, Gadgets, and Gizmos: A Maker’s Guide to Creating Modern Artifacts by Thomas Willeford

Learn from Lord Featherstone as he distills his wealth of hard-learned skills, describes how to use the readily available tools of the modern mad scientist, and expounds on the art and philosophy of scavenging unique components and raw materials. The perfect companion for the hobbyist and advanced machinist alike, this inventive volume will guide you through the creation of your very own infernal devices.


Steampunk emporium : creating fantastical jewelry, devices and oddments from assorted cogs, gears and other curios / by Jema Hewitt

Whilst perusing the pages of Steampunk Emporium, the harrowing antics of Miss Emily Ladybird will engage you in the most enchanting of worlds. Join her as she records the adventures of intergalactic space pirates, undersea voyagers and Jurassic explorers — all the while, dabbling in the details of which baubles best benefit the venturesome class.


1,000 Steampunk Creations by Dr. Grimme with Barbe Saint John

Packed with 1,000 full-color photographs, 1,000 Steampunk Creations features a stunning and mind-boggling showcase of modified technology, art and sculpture, home décor, fashion and haberdashery, jewelry and accessories, and curious weapons, vehicles, and contraptions.



Personally, in literature I find Steampunk to be a fascinating mixture of genres and styles, but some people think the best thing about it is creating costumes and cool gadgets.  Which do you prefer?

Morgan, Main – Teen

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