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Steampunk: An Illustrated History of Fantastical Fiction, Fanciful Film and Other Victorian Visions Hardcover – November 17, 2012


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“There’s been a number of new steampunk-related fiction books released lately that I’m going to be reading over the holidays, but I do love a good non-fiction Steampunk book and one was recently delivered into my hands from the folks at Voyageur Press. And it is beautiful!” - Wired.com

“This is the coffee table book for when you want an illustrated encyclopedia covering the history of steampunk, namechecking important inventors and artists, and pointing out books and movies that may be of interest to steampunk fans.” - Gamma Squad


“Aesthetically, this book is absolutely gorgeous. It’s impressive - roughly 9-1/2″ x 11″ and heavy, with a beautiful cover, nice heavy coated pages that are full color and look tea-stained and otherwise “aged,” loaded with beautiful photos on every page….Whether you’re a goggles-and-gear-wearing devotee of steampunk or are simply curious, this beautiful book belongs in your library.” - SciFiMafia.com


“Together with Voyager Press, Robb has crafted a book that does credit to its subject matter: a punked up history, a hybrid of seriousness and playfulness in the format of an olde worlde postmodern book” - ScienceFictionWorld.com
 
“Anyone wondering where that stuff came from – and, really, anyone with less than a Ph.D in Steampunk – will profit from reading this new coffee-table tome by Brian J. Robb, recently published by Voyageur Press” - AustinChronicle.com

About the Author

 

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).

 

 

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press; First edition (November 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760343764
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760343760
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 1 x 11.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #416,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lots of fun in these pages!
Roy Ragland
It`s a very good addition to the growing number of volumes on Steampunk.
J. Mcdonald
A great book...graphically the best yet!
Steve Umstead

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Mcdonald on February 16, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is certainly a rather well presented, sumptuous volume easily suited to the coffee table; I do, however have a few minor issues with it.
Firstly; if you already own a copy of "The Steampunk Bible" several of the images in that book re-appear here; that's fairly unavoidable give the iconic status some book-jacket covers have taken on, though some of the costume photos and film-stills could have been more varied and better identified; I also think that publication still gives the more rounded account and overview of the genre to date.
This volume does, however, make a very good companion to the "Bible" and is in an impressively larger format.
Robb's book provides an excellent in-depth, authoritative exploration of the literary element of the genre, its origins and antecedents, key works, authors, themes, etc., he also goes into detail with subjects such as graphic novels, the Japanese scene, music - all the diverse elements that come under the Steampunk heading - the only unsatisfactory topic for me is in the definition of what constitutes Steampunk influence in film, TV and video games, which at times can be a little tenuous; this arises from the basic problem that there has yet to be a truly defining Steampunk drama, a successful, iconic movie or series aficionados can unanimously agree on.
That's hardly the fault of the author though and other Steampunk books deal with this territory with much the same inconclusive outcomes. A useful quotation from Abney Park's lead singer is illuminating; "We've had Steampunk movies for as long as we've had movies...It`s just been recently given a name.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kay Hudson on June 16, 2013
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I bought this book in hopes that it would have more material on Steampunk literature than The Steampunk Bible (another beautifully illustrated book) does, and that proved to be the case. The author goes all the way back to Poe for influences, and includes what for me was a guided tour of many books I'd read long ago (from Burroughs to Moorcock to Blaylock), as well as several favorite movies (especially the Time Machine) and TV shows (The Wild Wild West). Most of the book is, in fact, about "Fantastical Fiction and Fanciful Film," exactly what I was looking for.

My only complaint, and it just isn't enough to lose a star over, is the lack of an index, a flaw which may not concern many readers. All in all a gorgeous, and very informative, book, which has added a number of books to read and movies to watch to my lists.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Blaine Jack on April 26, 2013
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It's cool! It's fun! It's a guide to the slightly off world of steampunk, where the reality we know is just a bit "different." This is a great guide to a world, a subculture, perhaps the last bastion of some of the most talented, imaginative, and creative people on the planet. A great read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dirceu Machado on April 22, 2013
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I bought this book without a great expectation but when it arrived I became mesmerized with the quality of the product, from the quality of the pages to the great articles that it contains. Great book and for the lovers (like me) of steampunk it's a must have.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Jennifer L Hamadi on November 6, 2013
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You need to give the artist's you've featured credit in your book. If you use pictures of their work, isn't that the fair thing to do? It's not hard, it doesn't take a lot of time. It's the right thing to do.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Teresa J. Reasor on February 15, 2013
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I enjoyed this book very much. It was well written, thorough, and entertaining. I became interested in Steampunk when I read a short story and wanted to know more about the culture and it's origins. This book gave me both those things. Excellent!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve Umstead on January 20, 2013
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A great book...graphically the best yet! Excellent historical and literary references...well thought out in every way. The best addition to my growing library of Steampunk analysis.
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If this is not the definitive history of this amorphous genre, it wouldn't be for want of trying. It includes such settings as Victorian London, Victorian Wild West, other frontiers of the Victorian World, Japan, and non-19th Century Steampunk settings. Among the authors covered are early Steampunker authors, such as Michael Moorcock and a coterie of writers connected to Philip K. Dick; and late authors, such as Gail Carriger, The book also covers comic books, graphic novels, games and clothing. A book to give you a birdseye view of the Steampunk genre.
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