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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