About the book

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

by Jeff Van­der­Meer with S. J. Cham­bers

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.

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.

Imprint: Abrams Image
ISBN: 0 – 8109-8958 – 1
EAN: 9780810989580
Pub­lish­ing Date: 5/1/2011
Trim Size: 7 x 10
Page Count: 224
Cov­er: Hard­cov­er
Illus­tra­tions: 150 col­or illus­tra­tions

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