The Steampunk Bible by Jeff VanderMeer & S. J. Chambers

The Steampunk Bible

By Jeff VanderMeer & S. J. Chambers

  • Release Date: 2012-06-01
  • Genre: Contemporary
Score: 4.5
From 13 Ratings
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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.


  • Not well researched

    By Captain Proctor
    This book looks terrific and I enjoyed learning new things until I got to part about steampunk music. As usual, the music is totally understated and leaves out many of the biggest bands. It also mentions some bands that aren't as popular as others it didn't mention. At least it mentioned my favorite, Rasputina. However, they got their facts wrong. Melora Creager is the singer of the band, not Daniel DeJesus. The also only list the most recent lineup of the band which has changed many times. The members they mentioned have yet to even make an album together. The other mistake the made is in describing Dr. Steel's music which is not Big Band at all but industrial metal, although he occasionally mixes Big Band music in.
  • Epic!!!

    By Sleonesia
    This book IS the steampunk bible! It gives a better point of view on what steampunk is about!