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Steampunk Magazine: The First Years: Issues #1 7 61770th Edition

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Product Details

  • Series: Steampunk Magazine (Book 7)
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Combustion Books; 61770th edition (December 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098349715X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983497158
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,240,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rather than a magazine, this appears more like a collection of newsletters. The is lots of material in written format and absolutely no worthwhile pictures. The ones that are there are basic line art. I had hoped for an introduction into the visual world of SteamPunk for purposes of making clothing and other personal items. There was an article about making goggles that was decent. However as far as any samples photos or actual 'SteamPunk' garments, the cover is the best art. In the age of easy photo reproduction and printing I found this to be a sad magazine.
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This is an excellent review of Steampunk culture. It contains the first 7 issues of the influential Steampunk Magazine (the early issues are very hard to get as they are out of print)which is an excellent time-capsule of steampunk before it went mainstream. The art work is excellent and the writing is amazing. There are interviews with famous artists, writers and musicians that add a context for steampunk. If you are new to steampunk or have been rocking gears for years this is the book for you.
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Magazines of this sort used to be hard to find, word-of-mouth things. Pretty much one-person operations, Roneo machine-printed and mailed to a subscriber list dozens of people long.

The collected issues (1 through 7 for those confused by the odd wording of the listing) of Steampunk Magazine reflect a wobbly start but a gathering momentum that, reading the editorials, may not have been present in fact - the magazine went through at least one lengthy hiatus and a "change of staff".

The overriding impression I got - and it may be the basest of calumnies unsupported as it is by any evidence outside of the magazine itself and the pitiful Wikipedia page - was that much of the magazine was written by the same person. Yes there are interviews and how-tos and so forth, but the stories often featured heavy polemic echoed in the editorials, and the motifs front and center in some of the early stories were suggestively congruent (and to this reader, sometimes unintentionally hysterically funny).

The editor is pushing a punk anarchist agenda and selling the magazine to a radical audience. Of course, that isn't who is buying it in this edition.

The stories are quite shaky to start with, but become very workmanlike in later issues. Less time is spent obsessing with what people look like and more on what they think and do - which is good if you are trying to push an ideology, even one as wooly and ill-defined as Steampunk.
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This is a creative and unique compilation that kept me reading from cover to cover. Normally, I read most magazines for a particular article or series of insights, and don't look over all of the material. Steampunk Magazine made me sit down and read until there was nothing left to read, and it was wonderful. I found projects to do, new music to try, new writers to read, and most importantly, I found a name for my passion.
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If you are interested in Steampunk you must read this. Excellent writing covering the Steampunk lifestyle, how-to projects, fiction, and historical perspectives. I truly enjoy reading (and reading) the many diverse articles and stories and think you will too.
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I was so pleased when I saw that the Steampunk Magazine was available in print that I bought it right then and there. I've been working brass and copper; I've been on the edge of Victorian and 25th Century; I've been a Steamer since before there was such a thing. (Yes, Virginia, there are very old Steamers out here - we started it all) I take great pride in doing things the (ugh) manual method (yes, I have very good handwriting and I can use a pen and ink) - so having this fabulous publication right here in my hands is a real Explosion! Thanks!
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This is a wonderful collection and is a must-have for all interested in the Steampunk genre. Great stories and illustrations to fuel your imagination!
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I am looking forward to future issues of Steampunk Magazine. This collection of past issues offers an interesting mix of fiction and non-fiction that explores many facets of Steampunk.
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