Whether you are new to the world of Steampunk or you are fascinated by the sub-genre, the books in this post are guaranteed to impress. For those who are unaware, Steampunk is a sub-genre of sci-fi. It focuses on the science of the Victorian age.
So, let’s take a look at some Steampunk books that are well worth a read…
Let’s begin with the book that boasts the same title as the genre, Steampunk, by Ann VanderMeer and Jeff VanderMeer. If you are looking to discover more about the genre, this is the ideal book to start off with.
The Anubis Gates
The Anubis Gates is a popular book that was written by Tim Powers. This book is now deemed a founding Steampunk text. It is a fascinating early classic which involves the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. In this novel a literature professor travels back in time to meet Samuel, yet he finds himself in a bit of a situation that sees him try to restore the ancient Egyptian gods to power. This book brilliantly blends the present with the past, which of course is what Steampunk is all about.
This post would not be complete without mentioning a piece of work by Kim Newman. Not only is Kim a well respected horror writer and film critic, but he is a fountain of all knowledge when it comes to the Victorian era. Anno Dracula is actually a sequel to Dracula, the famous vampire novel. In the book, a vampire kingdom is set up in the UK, as Dracula goes onto marry Queen Victoria, thus Kim obviously assumes that Dracula survives from the original text that was written by Stocker. There are lots of fictional and famous historical characters used throughout Anno Dracula, which makes it even more fascinating.
The Encyclopaedia of Fantastic Victoriana
This is a must-have if you want to learn more about the era that has inspired Steampunk. In this book you will literally discover everything you need to know about 19th century fiction. It’s a truly spectacular read. The only trouble is, getting your hands on The Encyclopaedia of Fantastic Victoriana is no easy task, so when you do find this book by Jess Nevins, don’t delay on ordering!
The Difference Engine
Last but not least, let’s end on arguably the most famous Steampunk novel, which was written by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling. This book essentially explores what could have occurred if a functional computer was developed during the Victorian age, when Charles Babbage attempted to do so.