The Steampunk culture seems to be popping up more and more these days. With fandom favorites, the stylings of Steampunk seem to have stepped out of the fantasy genre and into the modern.
We may not have flying ships or a clock imagined bicycle, however we do have the Steampunk world within our grasps. Machinists and designers have leapt aboard the steam engine and have been busy creating actualities that bring the philosophy to life. From fashions to Innovations, we have enough Steampunk inspiration to fill our enthrallments. It may seem as if the quirkily graceful theme has a new age identity. The truth is, it has been around for longer than the decade we are in. Science Fiction and fantasy has a large role in the foundation of Steampunk concepts. We have noted the use of the whimsical style through the years.
The Steampunk Reads
If we take a look at the earlier works of alternate worlds, Jules Verne and H.G. Wells will definitely come to mind. They seem to have an unmatched connection to alternative lands. You will see them listed as founders of the Steampunk genre, yet this is left to dispute. The genius imaginings do align with the principles as does the entire Victorian and Gothic period. They are wonderful classics that have a hand in the culture without creating the entire society.
Books and literary works let our imaginations roam into the unknown. “Morlock Night” was authored by K.W. Jeter in 1979. The chapters bring a true sense of what a lifet in a Steampunk reality would be like. It is also his reference to a classification in 1987 that originated the actual term “ Steampunk”. All of the intricacies are an aspect and part of documented history until they take a step into a parallel future. There is a long list of novels and stories that offer an inside look into a realm of Steampunk ideas. These are a few favorites that have stood out through the years:
- Homunculus by James Blaylock
- Infernal Devices by K.W. Jeter
- The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling
- Lord Kelvins Machine by James Blaylock
- The Land Leviathan by Michael Moorcock
- Extraordinary Engines by Several contributors
- Infernal Device Clockwork Series by Cassandra Clare
- Lady of Devices by Shelley Adin
Literature takes on its own meanings and understandings. When it comes to Steampunk, you will see a mixture of bold balanced with subtle indications through the plots. With timepieces in their hands and a machinist view, you will find that any book with inclusion of Steampunk perspectives will be a journey you will not soon forget. Whether you start with a “Voyage Under the Sea” or a newer translation, the awe inspiring genre is one that will make you think a little and dream a lot. The question of what if will remain as you immerse yourself into the world of Steampunk – be it a casual interest or deeper passion, the indicated novel will surely spark a flame.