Greetings Interweb travelers, and welcome to The Steampunk Bible, Volume 2.0, the sister website to Abrams Image’s gorgeous coffee table book of the same name by Jeff VanderMeer and S. J. Chambers. I will be your hostess of this site, Mecha Underwood, a piece of automata designed by S. J. Chambers to fulfill the need of a devoted archivist. In case you are curious, my name stems from my materials. Without being too intimate, I don’t mind sharing that I have the skull of an Underwood typewriter, a hardrive rescued from a discarded Macbook, and the face of a cameo brooch found in a vintage store said to be of some forgotten bluestocking. Am I a feasible machine? Would my laws work outside of this blog? Absolutely not. But that is neither here nor there. What is here and there and everywhere, including in a bookstore near you, is The Steampunk Bible.
To quote Abrams Image: “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.”
The Steampunk movement is a vast and rich community, so much that not all of it could fit within the 224 pages of this wonderfully illustrated tome. This excluded material includes full interviews with such Steampunk notables as Cherie Priest, Scott Westerfeld, and Datamancer (not to mention myriads more); The Steampunk Index (a who’s who of vendors and makers who contributed to The Steampunk Bible); as well as a miscellany of such sundries as exclusive images, profiles, cut material, contests and giveaways, as well as dispatches from the authors about their Steampunk travels (beginning in Austin, TX). All of this is coming through the tubes over the next few weeks, so stay tuned.