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The Steampunk User's Manual: An Illustrated Practical and Whimsical Guide to Creating Retro-futurist Dreams

by Jeff VanderMeer, Desirina Boskovich
     
 

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Steampunk, the retro-futuristic cultural movement, has become a substantial and permanent genre in the worlds of fantasy and science fiction. A large part of its appeal is that, at its core, Steampunk is about doing it yourself: building on the past while also innovating and creating something original. VanderMeer’s latest book offers practical and

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Steampunk, the retro-futuristic cultural movement, has become a substantial and permanent genre in the worlds of fantasy and science fiction. A large part of its appeal is that, at its core, Steampunk is about doing it yourself: building on the past while also innovating and creating something original. VanderMeer’s latest book offers practical and inspirational guidance for readers to find their individual path into this realm. Including sections on art, fashion, architecture, crafts, music, performance, and storytelling, The Steampunk User’s Manual provides a conceptual how-to guide that motivates and awes both the armchair enthusiast and the committed creator. Examples range from the utterly doable to the completely over-the-top, encouraging participation and imagination at all levels.

Editorial Reviews

SF Signal

“This is the follow-on companion volume to The Steampunk Bible: An Illustrated Guide to the World of Imaginary Airships, Corsets and Goggles, Mad Scientists, and Strange Literature. . . . Abrams is publishing this one, too, and it looks to be just as wonderfully produced and presented.”
Entertainment Weekly

“VanderMeer and co-editor Desirina Boskovich have packed their book with hands-on exercises and practical tips to help readers—steampunk fanatics and utter newbies alike—be more than passive consumers.”
Library Journal
11/15/2014
Sf author VanderMeer's first comprehensive work on steampunk, The Steampunk Bible, focused on the subgenre's culture, from its history and technology to the art, fashion, and music that is associated with the category. This new volume, with coauthor Boskovich (contributor to The Steampunk Bible), covers the same variety but this time emphasizes the creative aspect of the field by providing ample information for the DIY crowd. Detailed plans for producing many of the artifacts identified with steampunk are generously illustrated with colorful, voluminous photos of resourceful art and paraphernalia. Five chapters offer directions and advice for the aspiring steampunk artist, fashion designer, musician and performer, and/or potential author. Each section provides examples of professional work and guidance on how to enhance your flair for the genus. VERDICT Though the covers and layout of both titles are very alike, this volume adds to the earlier one with its concentration on the DIY audience. With an easy-to-browse format and an index for handy reference, this title will work in either the circulating or the reference collection.—Deb West, Gannon Univ. Lib., Erie, PA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781419708985
Publisher:
Abrams Image
Publication date:
10/07/2014
Edition description:
Illustrate
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
163,492
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author


Jeff VanderMeer is the author of The Steampunk Bible and Wonderbook, and a three-time winner of the World Fantasy Award. His critically acclaimed fiction has been translated into 20 languages. His books have made the year’s-best lists from Publishers Weekly, LA Weekly, the Washington Post, Amazon, the San Francisco Chronicle, and many more. VanderMeer’s latest novel, Annihilation, was recently optioned by Paramount Pictures. He is based in Tallahassee, Florida.
 

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