The Steampunk Bible: An Illustrated Guide to the World of Imaginary Airships, Corsets and Goggles, Mad Scientists, and Strange Literature
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... show more
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
Publish date: May 1st 2011
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Pages no: 224
Edition language: English
4.5 to 5 stars.Because this is one heck of a treasure for steampunk lovers of all kinds. It got everything going for it.
It was pretty useful but I found myself skipping several parts because I wasn't interested in them.
Rating: 4/5Summary: Overview of the Steampunk culture with a look at its history and current (pre-2011) state.Review: Grab a cup of tea while enjoying The Steampunk Bible, a beautifully illustrated guide to the Steampunk culture. The art was chosen wonderfully (except for one image that is located o...
The Steampunk Bible is a small book but ambitious and packed with information which truly fit its name. I think I became more than a newbie reading this. Densely illustrated with a lot of side notes and more side references to pique you along but sometimes the content wash off me. There was a preval...
I'm not plugged into the Steampunk community enough to know if this is a good overview of things or not, but from an outsider's perspective it certainly seems to be. VenderMeer covers the history of Steampunk, art, literature, fashion, music, creations, cons, film and TV. The pictures are absolut...