Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction and alternate history premised on a Victorian world where steam power is still widely used.
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- Steampunk II : Steampunk Reloaded
edited by Ann & Jeff VanderMeer
The dynamic VanderMeers follow 2008's Steampunk with this engaging anthology of 23 stories (three original to this volume, including Jeffrey Ford's "Dr. Lash Remembers"), two essays (including one by Gail Carriger), and a roundtable interview, all of which define, deepen, and demonstrate the clockwork beauty of automaton-laden science fiction.
- The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack
by Mark Hodder
The time is 1861; the place, London, England. The country is besieged by loups-garous (werewolves), and Spring Heeled Jack, the notorious (and possibly mythical) creature who appears out of nowhere to accost young women, is causing a bit of a ruckus. To deal with these problems, the prime minister recruits Sir Richard Francis Burton, the noted explorer, linguist, and self-promoter.
- The Buntline Special: A Weird West Tale
by Mike Resnick
In a steampunk-style alternate-history fantasy tale, America's only hope for expansion past the Mississippi River in 1881 is a mission to Tombstone, Arizona, headed by Thomas Edison, whose protectors include Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday and the zombie Bat Masterson and whose enemies include the Apache wizard Geronimo, the Clanton gang and an undead Johnny Ringo.
- The Kingdom Beyond the Waves
by Stephen Hunt
Obsessed with finding a prehistoric lost city, Professor Amelia Harsh accepts patronage from a man she blames for her father's suicide, blackmails an old friend, and leads a crew of freed convicts on a luckless steampunk adventure.
by Cherie Priest
Inventor Leviticus Blue creates a machine that accidentally decimates Seattle's banking district and uncovers a vein of Blight Gas that turns everyone who breathes it into the living dead. Sixteen years later Briar, Blue's widow, lives in the poor neighborhood outside the wall that's been built around the uninhabitable city. Life is tough with a ruined reputation, but she and her teenage son Ezekiel are surviving--until Zeke impetuously decides that he must reclaim his father's name from the clutches of history.
by Gail Carriger
In the third installment of the series Parasol Protectorate, the pregnant Lady Maccon leaves her husband, is dismissed from the Shadow Council, attacked by mechanical ladybugs, and becomes the target of vampires, forcing her to escape to Italy in search of the mysterious Templars.
- Perdido Street Station
by China Miéville
In New Crobuzon, the unsavory deal is stranger to none --not even to Isaac, a gifted and eccentric scientist with a penchant for Crisis Theory. Isaac has spent a lifetime quietly carrying out his unique research. But when a half-bird, half-human creature known as the Garuda comes to him from afar, Isaac is faced with challenges he has never before encountered.
- The Kingdom of Ohio
by Matthew Flaming
Discovering an old photograph of a beautiful mathematical prodigy, antiques dealer Peter remembers his initial dismissal of the woman's claim that she had discovered the key to time travel, a capability that enables Peter's journey to New York at the dawn of the mechanical age.