The Steampunk Bible: An Illustrated Guide to the World of Imaginary Airships, Corsets and Goggles, Mad Scientists, and Strange Literature

The Steampunk Bible: An Illustrated Guide to the World of Imaginary Airships, Corsets and Goggles, Mad Scientists, and Strange Literature

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by Jeff VanderMeer, S. J. Chambers
     
 

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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

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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.

Praise for The Steampunk Bible:

"The Steampunk Bible is an informed, informative and beautifully illustrated survey of the subject."
 -The Financial Times

"The Steampunk Bible is far and away the most intriguing catalog of all things steam yet written." 
-The Austin Chronicle 

“It’s hard to imagine how VanderMeer and Chambers could have put together a stronger collection. Its publication marks a significant, self-conscious moment in the history of the movement.”

—PopMatters.com

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810989580
Publisher:
Abrams Image
Publication date:
05/01/2011
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
176,791
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
15 Years

Meet the Author

Jeff VanderMeer is an award-winning author and coeditor of a bestselling anthology of Steampunk literature. 

S. J. Chambers is an independent Poe scholar focusing on his importance to genre literature like Steampunk.

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Steampunk Bible 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a good way to start a life in the steampunk subculture or even if you just want to know more about steampunk its self. The steampunk bible has amazing knowlage on anything steampunk. From art, books, movies and tv, music, and the basic roots of where and how it started up. Well worth the read for the basic urchin and the most crazy mechinist.
SammiB More than 1 year ago
Great book with lots of great examples of steampunk creations. If, however, you are more interested in looky looks, then "1,000 Steampunk Creations: Neo-Victorian Fashion, Gear, and Art by Dr. Grymm and Barbe Saint John" will probably appeal to you more.
Amaranthae More than 1 year ago
This was a beautiful book with lavish illustrations tracing the Steampunk movement. Its origins in the industrial revolution and the literature of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, to its influence in modern day fiction, fashion, art, craftsmanship, and film, are all documented with beautiful photography, illustrations, and prints on almost every single page of the book; it's worth reading just for the visual experience as the layout of the pages has been well thought out to give the reader a feast for the eyes.  There were some sections that I found rather disappointing. For example, the section on Steampunk fashion made me feel that if I didn’t have the right boots/goggles/work belt, then I wouldn’t be considered to be serious about my Steampunk.  This smacked of the elitist point of view to me, as I know many people that have some outstanding costumes and have won prizes, but don’t check all the blocks they say are necessary in this book.  Also the section on much went on just a little too long for such a new sound. However, I did find the book thought-provoking and insightful, and made me consider that Steampunk and other movements are actually springing up all around the globe full of people wanting to disconnect from our technological and virtual society. The do-it-yourself ethic in which Steampunk is highly invested, focuses on creating things with your own hands in order to reconnect with the world around you while at the same time giving yourself  meaning and purpose in your life; we can see this mindset slowing taking hold through various avenues such as homesteading and self sufficiency groups.   I would recommend it to readers who are interested in this genre, if it can be called such; those who are just dipping a toe into Steampunk, and anyone else who would like a beautiful, and unusual coffee table book.
MelanieMeadors More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed reading and looking at this book. The pictures alone are worth the purchase ;). I found it informative, fun, and heck, there are even hands on activities! One of my particularly favorite things about it is that it explores so many different aspects of the subculture--music, literature, art, fashion, movies... If you are interested in Steampunk, I highly recommend.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
That cover. Anyway, for anyone that likes or wants to read steampunk, this is one of those reads that you might like. It has everything steampunk, from books, to the costumes, etc. Interesting read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bought this in hardcover and absolutly adore it. It's informative and quite fun to read. The illustrations are terrific, both artwork and photographs. I would definitely recommend this to any steampunk fan.
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