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Steampunk Novels 1967 to 2011

This is the longer version of the handout done for the 2012 Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo. If you have any questions or comments, you can reach me at Thanks, Sharon (Known to the Assemblage as Miss E. P. MacGregor).

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Titles are grouped by the year of release, with authors arranged alphabetically under the year. For trilogies or series, the first book is noted under the year it was published, but years are not given for subsequent books.

Clark, Ronald W. Queen Victoria's Bomb. The invention of a nuclear bomb might change the outcome of the Crimean War.

Moorcock, Michael. Warlord of the Air
Alternate universe where World War I never happened, leading to three possibilities for alternate time streams. Includes time travel, a steam-powered utopia built on colonial brutality, and airship armadas. First book in the trilogy A Nomad of the Time Streams; other books are The Land Leviathan and The Steel Tsar, with these second and third books not being as clearly set in the steampunk time frame as the first one.

Jeter, K.W. Morlock Night. The Morlocks from H. G. Wells Time Machine use the machine to go the other way and attack London. There is a fantasy element in who eventually rescues England.
Jeter may be the person who coined the term steampunk in 1987, in a letter written about his book Infernal Devices.

Powers, Tim. The Anubis Gates
A mix of time-travel, ancient Egyptian gods, werewolves, and body swapping.

Blaylock, James. The Digging Leviathan
A nod to Edgar Rice Borroughs, with hollow earth theory, secret science clubs, and a whole world existing beneath our feet forming the basis of the plot. First book in a trilogy; other titles in the series are Homunculus and Lord Kelvin's Machine.

Powers, Tim. Stress of Her Regard
A mix of vampires and historical characters such as Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley. A different take on what it means to protect your family.

Gibson, William and Bruce Sterling. The Difference Engine
A character from a novel, an explorer named Leviathan, and a historical figure try to discover the real meaning of what are called today punch cards, while racing to save London from an arch-villain.

Newman, Kim. Anno Dracula
A who’s who of characters borrowed from vampire and Victorian literature. Queen Victoria makes an appearance as does Count Dracula, the Diogenes Club, Jack the Ripper, Inspector Lestrade, and Dr. Jekyll. Heavy on the vampires, but not much in the way of steampunk machinery.

Baxter, Stephen. Anti-Ice
A nod to Queen Victoria’s Bomb, with a mushroom cloud destroying Sevastopol and ending the Crimean War. A strange substance from a space comet gives Britain industrial dominance over France and Germany. Heavy on technology, space travel, creatures on the dark side of the moon, and Britain coming to power to rule over Europe. In 1995, the H. G. Wells’ estate authorized Baxter to write a sequel to The Time Machine, in honor of that book’s 100th anniversary. The title of that book is Time Ships.

DiFilippo, Paul The Steampunk Trilogy
Three novellas in one book. Mix of historical and imaginary characters. All of the tales take a tongue-in-cheek look at the Victorian world. More social pastiche than steampunk machinery.

Pullman, Philip. The Golden Compass (called Northern Lights outside of North America)
Parallel universe, with animal familiars, magic dust, mysterious clockwork devices, kidnapped children, talking bears, balloonists, and long discussions about the nature of the soul. First book in the Dark Materials series; other titles in the series The Subtle Knife and the Amber Spyglass, plus a prequel, Once Upon a Time in the North, involving the talking bear, Iorek Byrnison.

Swanwick, Michael. Jack Faust.
Introduction of steam technologies into medieval Germany instead of Victorian London.

Barlough, Jeffrey. Dark Sleeper
Alternative Earth plunged into an ice age. Full of ghosts, metaphysics, demons, secret texts and lots of quirks. Dickenesque writing in his descriptions of places and characters. First book in the Western Lights series. Other books in the series are The House in the High Wood, Strange Cargo, Bertram of Butter Cross, Anchorwick, and A Tangle in Slops.

Snicket, Lemony. A Series of Unfortunate Events
Focuses on the plight of three rather strange orphans, one of the classical elements in the steampunk universe. Misfortunes, secret organizations, and never a happy ending characterize the series. First in a long series, with too many titles to list.

Mieville, China. Perdido Street Station
Magic + steampunk technology. A cautionary tale that maybe you should be careful about what you bring into your lab and what you feed it. The first of a series of three novels, all set in the same universe, but with different characters. Other books are The Scar and Iron Council.

Lansdale, Joe R. Zeppelins West
Steampunk meets the Old West ethic by way of gonzo writing. Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West show travels to Japan by air ship, and that’s just for starters. Off the wall crazy, yucky (cannibalism), sexy humor, political incorrectness, and tons of borrowing characters and plots from other writers. This is not for everyone. The sequel is Flaming London; both are hard to find as individual books, but may be easier to find in the combined Flaming Zeppelins, where they were recently published together.

Macleod, Ian R. The Light Ages
Alternate Victorian timeline, with London populated by fantastic elements. A rigidly stratified society based on the discovery of aether, the fifth element. Some of society benefit from aether; others are turned from humans into other creatures, but all of society is stuck in lazy engineering because with aether so readily available, why try for something else?

Oppel, Kenneth. Airborn
Young adult author. Two teenagers, one a cabin boy on board an airship, set out to prove that the stories they have heard about fantastic creatures are true. Other books in the series are Skybreaker and Starclimber.

Dahlquist, Gordon. The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters
Rituals, unsavoury characters and lots of plot twists. Critics were divided on this book and it’s sequel, The Dark Volume. Some liked the books, some hated them.

Reeve, Philip. Larklight
British young adult author. Space opera in an alternate Victorian setting. Other titles in the trilogy: Starcross and Mothstorm.

Lake, Jay. Mainspring
A clockmaker’s apprentice must save the world by rewinding Earth’s mainspring, which is running down. First in a trilogy along with Escapement and Pinion.

Green, Jonathan. Pax Britannia Series (too many titles to list them all)
Steam punk technology still going strong at the close of the 20th century. A hundred years of steam has produced advanced steam technology, fantastical creations, and something stirring below ground.

Hunt, Stephen. Court of the Air
Alternative universe, with Victorian elements. Two orphans are on the run because someone wants to kill them. First in the Jackelian Series: same world, but different characters in each book. Time gets bent like a pretzel. Other titles: Kingdom Beyond the Waves, Rise of the Iron Moon, Secrets of the Fire Sea, Jack Cloudie, and From the Deep of the Dark.

Reinagel, Wayne. Modern Marvels - Viktoriana
Crossover of Steampunk plus pulp fiction to form SteamPulp. Lots of real-life characters appear. Further Modern Marvels, as yet unnamed, are set for publication.

Selznick, Brian. The Invention of Hugo Cabret.
Cross-genre, part book, part picture book, part graphic novel. Set in Paris, after World War I, an orphan secretly keeps the clocks running in the train station. A story of hopelessness and redemption.

Frost, Toby. Multiple series, I think. It’s hard to get a handle on his books from his web site, but I’m most familiar with the Space Captain Smith series. Captain Isambard Smith has enough quirks to satisfy any adventurer. Billed as the British Space Empire's greatest adventurer—billed that way by Smith himself—he dislikes tyranny, alien invaders and French cuisine. The author’s website is The best of British luck figuring out the book order.

Gevers, Nick (editor). Extraordinary Engines
Short story anthology, with a variety of steampunk settings and conundrums.

Mann, George. The Affinity Bridge
A gentleman investigator and his assistant, secretly an agent of the Queen, investigate mysteries in Victorian London. Called the Newbury & Hobbes series, other titles are The Osiris Ritual, The Shattered Teacup, and The Immorality Engine. Some have been published as e-books.

Pagliassotti, Dru. Clockwork Heart
Alternative universe romantic fantasy with steampunk elements, like ticking clockwork hearts.

VanderMeer, Ann and Jeff. Steampunk
Short-story anthology. Good place to start if you want to sample the steampunk genre.

Barnes, Jonathan. The Somnambulist
Weird creature elements rather than cogs and machinery. Holmes-like character and strange companion solve mysteries. Indirect sequel is The Domino Men.

Berry, Jedediah. The Manual of Detection
More mystery with steampunk elements for background. A clerk receives a strange promotion and must find his missing employer.

Carriger, Gail. The Parasol Protectorate Series
Steampunk + vampires and other creatures + essential good manners and adequate cups of tea. Books in the series are: Soulless, Changeless, Blameless, Heartless, and Timeless. Has a couple of other manners + steampunk series.

Harland, Richard. Worldshaker
Australian writer. Juggernauts ranging over the world, questing for power, but the slaves who keep the giant machines running are on the verge of rebellion. Second book in the series is called Liberator.

Priest, Cherie. Boneshaker
Hungry for Alaskan gold, Russian prospectors fund Dr. Blue’s Incredible Boneshaking Drill Engine. On the first test run things go terribly wrong and destroy Seattle. First in the Clockwork Century series. Other titles in the series Clementine, Dreadnought, and Ganymede. Each book is set in a different U. S. city.

Westerfeld, Scott. Leviathan
Australian writer; young adult series. On the verge of World War I, two young people’s path’s cross in the most unexpected ways. Part of a trilogy; other titles are Behemoth and Goliath.

Wooding, Chris. Retribution Falls
Young adult novels. Alternate universe + steampunk + magic + slaveholders. An airship’s crew tries to survive and make a living. First book in the Ketty Jay series; other titles The Black Lung Captain and
The Iron Jackal.

Young, Brian. De Civitate Sanguino (The City of the Bloodthirsty)
An agent from the Department of Indian Affairs has been sent to the American West to cleanse it of Native Americans. But things are not what they should be. Steampunk horror. First book in The Silent War series, not all of which are set in the 19th century.

Aikers, Tim. Heart of Veridon
Alternate world with a very noir steampunk ethic. Disgraced zeppelin pilot goes on the run, pursued by the police, the church, and an avenging Angel. Some gory details particularly around the combination of flesh and metal characters. Second book in series, Dead of Veridon.

Foglio, Phil & Kaja. Agatha H. and the Airship City
First prose novel by these authors, spun off from their graphic novel. Mad scientists, heros gone missing under mysterious circumstances, airships, and a bumbling science student who just wants to get her assignments in on time.

Hodder, Mark. The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack
Sir Richard Francis Burton—a historical figure, in truth weirder than most steampunk characters—is thrown into a dystopian world that includes, magic, werewolves, and ghostly apparitions. Lots of historical characters thrown in for good measure. First book in a series; other books The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man and Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon.

Palmer, Dexter. The Dream of Perpetual Motion
An unlikely hero, a greeting card writer, has had his life shattered by technology and, as he writes his memoirs while imprisoned on a zeppelin, he discovers secrets about himself and a perpetual motion machine.

Tidhar, Lavie. The Bookman
Revenge, terrorists, secrets, and a mysterious island. First book in a series; others Camera Obscura and The Great Games. This Israeli author also has several other books and series set in steampunk universes.

Bowditch, Eden Unger. The Atomic Weight of Secrets or The Arrival of the Mysterious Men in Black
Young adult. In the last 1800s, five brilliant young inventors are kidnapped around the world, and taken to a mysterious farm in the U. S. midwest. They are treated kindly, but they are still prisoners. Are the people who kidnapped them trying to harm them or protect them? First book of the Young Inventors Guild trilogy. Other titles have not been announced.

Egan, Greg. The Clockwork Rocket
Alternative universe, which runs on a completely different physics for both time and space from Earth.
First in the Orthogonal series; other titles are The Eternal Flame and The Arrows of Time.

Harper, Steven. The Doomsday Vault
Zombies, mad scientists, air pirates, the threat of plague, and romance with a handsome airship pilot. What more could a woman ask for? First in a triology; tentative titles for other two books are The Impossible Cube and The Dragon Men.

Lewis, Joseph Robert. The Burning Sky
Airship accidents decimates the Air Corps. The only pilot left must lead the hunt for the people who caused the disasters. First book in the Halycon trilogy; other titles are The Broken Sword and The Bound Soul.

Mayer, Andrew P. The Falling Machine
When the leader of a New York society of gentlemen adventurers is murdered his daughter joins with an automaton to solve the murder. First in the Society of Steam triology; no word on the other two yet.

Rosen, Lev AC. All Men of Genius
Blackmail, mystery, gender confusion and cross-dressing, talking rabbits and killer automata. All Violet Adams wants is to learn science. All the rest of the world wants is make sure she dies.

Sedia, Ekaterian. Heart of Iron
Alternative history in which a successful Russian revolution happens in 1825 instead 1917. Light trappings of steampunk, with a family determined to that the female heroine will have a university education. Getting that education exposes her to politics and racial bigotry.

Valentine, Genevieve. Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti
Steampunk meets the circus in a post-apocalyptic war zone.

Table of Contents

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The Calgary Steampunk Assemblage Basic FAQs. May 8, 2012 9:42 AM Mike J.
Steampunk Novels 1967 to 2011 April 27, 2012 11:18 AM former member
Old Bits and Brass February 5, 2012 11:34 AM Sebastian
Clips, Vides, Movie Trailers May 1, 2011 12:53 PM former member
How to make a Steampunk Outfit by Threadbanger February 5, 2011 6:13 PM former member
About The Calgary Steampunk Assemblage May 1, 2013 11:58 AM Mike J.

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