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Author Topic: Steampunk classics / essentials for beginners?  (Read 3920 times)
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« Reply #25 on: July 10, 2013, 09:01:50 am »

I'm surprised I don't see Moorcock's 'Warlord of the Air' mentioned more often. Especially with all the airship-combat porn.
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« Reply #26 on: July 10, 2013, 11:31:14 am »

Well, I've cetainly got a few to be going on with now, but keep them coming.

Thanks all!
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« Reply #27 on: July 25, 2013, 12:39:22 am »

I'm surprised no one has suggested Pirdido Street Station by China Mieville. It is one of the most fantastic novels of any genre I've read, it just so happens the genre it belongs to is steampunk. If you're up for a little weird, give it a look as soon as humanly possible.
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« Reply #28 on: August 21, 2013, 11:09:49 am »

The Steampunk Trilogy by Paul di Filippo is still fresh in my memory as an amazingly fun read. But I am a fan of every short story by that man. He has a lot of fun scifi, too. If you like dieselpunk, check out "Neutrino Drag" sometime. Wonderful story set in the 50s with aliens and race cars.

I am not a fan of Steampunk the Anthology from Vandermeer. I felt it was severely lacking. Love Michael Chabon. Hate the Joe Lansdale story. It was horrendous.

The Diamond Age is one of my favorite books, period. Neal Stephenson's subsequent Baroque Trilogy is long and not really so much about fantasy as a sly what if the timeline was slightly different from what people knew happened back in that time period? Rich in every way, if not somewhat overly long.

The Skysailor's Tale by Michael Swanwick is probably my favorite short story of all time.
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« Reply #29 on: August 21, 2013, 11:10:58 am »

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« Reply #30 on: August 22, 2013, 12:06:38 pm »

Leviathan series by Scott Westerfeld
Leviathan (Leviathan, #1), Behemoth (Leviathan, #2), Goliath (Leviathan, #3)

I have enjoyed all three and even though they are considered young adult fiction I am of the opinion why is good fiction wasted on the Young when those of us too old to call ourselves young adults can enjoy them just as much.
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« Reply #31 on: August 24, 2013, 07:27:47 pm »

Leviathan series by Scott Westerfeld
Leviathan (Leviathan, #1), Behemoth (Leviathan, #2), Goliath (Leviathan, #3)

I have enjoyed all three and even though they are considered young adult fiction I am of the opinion why is good fiction wasted on the Young when those of us too old to call ourselves young adults can enjoy them just as much.


There's a lot of stuff wasted on the young IMHO, nothing more so than youth.
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« Reply #32 on: August 26, 2013, 12:52:16 am »

Leviathan series by Scott Westerfeld
Leviathan (Leviathan, #1), Behemoth (Leviathan, #2), Goliath (Leviathan, #3)

I have enjoyed all three and even though they are considered young adult fiction I am of the opinion why is good fiction wasted on the Young when those of us too old to call ourselves young adults can enjoy them just as much.

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I really couldn't stand The Leviathan book, or YA fiction in general, even when I was a young adult.

I can stomach all manner of fantastical concepts, but YA fiction just sets my teeth on edge.
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« Reply #33 on: August 26, 2013, 01:25:34 pm »

For something a bit different (or, like me, for those of us who want to get away from the whole airships + goggles + corsets + secret agents set up...)

I'd recomment some Dan Simmons. 

His The Terror is set on the Franklin Expedition of the 1840s, a Victorian supernatural horror in the bleak frozen wastes of Northern Canada. 

His Drood is another Victorian supernatural horror, this time set in 1860s/70s London with Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins as the main characters.

Neither are quite steampunk but both really deserve to be considered in that loose bracket or term. 
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« Reply #34 on: September 02, 2013, 11:21:32 pm »

I'd recommend the first books to be called steampunk: Homunculus, by James P. Blaylock, and Infernal Devices by KW Jeter (which has a sequel coming out this fall, Fiendish Schemes). Both writers tend to be fantastical and whimsical, which was the spirit in which the term "steampunk" was coined.
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