The collections are a box of chocolates really as they span from Medieval (Middle Ages), Victorian (post-1930's industrial revolution), Western (American Old West) and Industrial Modern (early modern age). The stories glimpse at what the past would look like if it all happened using modern technology given a kind of Goth make-over. These stories cater to people making things for themselves, retro-looking technology all wrapped around the romanticism and stability of the long ago. As they should Steampunk stories make you feel like in the realm of wherever, anything and everything is possible!
Steampunk is an inspired movement of creativity and imagination. With a backdrop of either Victorian England or America's Wild West at hand, modern technologies are re-imagined and realized as elaborate works of art, fashion, and mechanics. Thus, Steampunk is actually modern technology-iPads, computers, robotics, air travel-powered by steam and set in the 1800's.
I guess you could say, Steampunk applies modern speculation to past-age technology and society, it mixes the digital with the handmade. Steampunk employs appropriate materials (such as polished brass, iron, wood, and leather) with design elements and craftsmanship consistent with the Victorian era. Kind of like where DIY meets WTF! It is the appearance of Victorian-made objects set in recognizable historical periods, to works set in fantasy worlds that rely heavily on steam- or spring-powered technology.
Book One is a blend of journies through science fiction, fantasy action and adventure that embrace steampunk while pushing your imagination to the limits.