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

by Jeff VanderMeer, S. J. Chambers

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Overview

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
Publication date: 05/01/2011
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 226,105
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 15 Years

About 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. 12 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great collection of design motifs from Victorian era futurism! We need more flying machines and electro guns in our lives.
richardderus on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Book Report: The book description says: 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. My Review: A movement that, at its oldest, is 25 years old, doesn't need a bible. But in my opinion, THE bible is unnecessary as well, so no one's listening to me, are they?It turns out, in this case at least, that this is a good thing. What a lovely book! How wonderful and imaginative the items in it are. I love the DIY side of Steampunk, and would love to win Powerball (like that one person in Michigan...one person!...who won the $337 million this week, wonder if he/she's married...) because I'd have the whole place crammed with the bizarre and beautiful artifacts the Steampunkers produce. I already have a Walt Whitmanesque beard...now all I need is the gear....Anyone who is on Facebook should look at a page called, with admirable restraint and clarity, ¿Steampunk¿ to get a sense of how very widespread the appeal of the aesthetic is. And to see some astoundingly cool stuff. There are Steampunk expos. The Burning Man festival is a steampunk-heavy event now, when it used to be a way trippy new-age-meets-orgy kinda deal. If this neo-Victorian aesthetic would just hurry up and supplant the noisy, ugly, annoying rap/hip-hop/¿urban¿ horripilation I've snorted at and winced through for the past 20 years, I will be the happiest old man who ever pinched a monocled twentysomething boy's ass. (His monocle fell out. I think I gave myself a rupture laughing.)So three and a half stars? Mingy much? Well. Um. Not really. VanderMeer does what he usually ends up doing in his anthologies. He puffs his friends and tells us what to think about the subject under discussion. I don't really like that a lot.And, as I mentioned, the movement's pretty new. The available material isn't up to much in survey terms, and this book isn't at all comprehensive. Had it been, I would have been a lot more lenient. On the whole, I'd say it's a pretty ornament to the coffee table and let you take it from there.
isabelx on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
STEAMPUNK = Mad Scientist Inventor [invention (steam x airship or metal man / baroque stylings) x (pseudo) Victorian setting] + progressive or reactionary politics x adventure plot I put this book on my Christmas list after seeing it at the local bookshop and flicking through the pictures, and my brother bought it for me. Before reading it I was only really aware of Steampunk literature and the dressing up aspect of Steampunk fandom, and the book does start by tracing the roots of Steampunk back to Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, through Moorcock's Warlord of the Air trilogy to the first real Steampunk novels which came out of the friendship of three American authors in the mid-1980s Jules Verne also seems to have had an indirect influence on Steampunk, as several of the people interviewed for this book cited the 1954 Disney version of "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" as having sparked their interest At first glance Steampunk may seems like a good excuse for dressing up in Victorian costumes accessorised with goggles , but the authors stress that the 'punk' part of the word is just as important as the 'steam'. Steampunk is not about a shallow glamorised version of an alternate Victorian era with emphasis on steam power, clockwork and helium-powered airships that aren't prone to exploding into flame; it also addresses the human and environmental cost of the industrial revolution, and issues such as colonialism and war. Steampunk emphasises individuality and craftsmanship versus bland mass-produced objects, and many artists and makers have found inspiration there, from jewellery and clothing designers to designers of retro-futuristic ray-guns, and works on a colossal scale such as the colossal mechanical animals of the Jules Verne-inspired machines de l'Ile de Nantes and the art installation at Forevertron Park in Wisconsin.The book's conclusion is that Steampunk is a vibrant sub-culture that can be approached from many different angles, and that it should be able to avoid stagnation by taking inspiration from other 19th century cultures apart from Victorian Britain and the American West. So although "The Steampunk Bible" went on my wish list because of the pictures, the text turned out to be just as interesting.
alsatia on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An amazing, beautiful, thought-provoking book, The Steampunk Bible catalogs the history and state of the steampunk subculture. Separate sections cover literature, art, making, and the fashions of the movement. The editors suggest that the growing interest in sustainability and the increasing rejection of mass market consumption fuel the steampunk movement. Steampunk is fun and serious without being stuffy. This is a great intro text for the movement.
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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