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The Steampunk Bible (Hardback)


Author: Jeff Vandermeer and S. J. Chambers
Abrams Image
RRP: £16.99, US $24.95, Cdn $29.95
ISBN: 978 0 8109 8958 0
Available 25 May 2011

Over the past 15 years, Steampunk - a mash-up of Victorian and sci-fi aesthetics with a splash of punk rock attitude - has gone from being a literary movement to a part of pop culture and a way of life. This subculture celebrates the inventor as an artist and hero, re-envisioning and crafting retro technologies including antiquated airships and steam-powered robots...

The Steampunk Bible celebrates the movement that has permeated movies, comics, fashion, art and more, and has given a distinct flavour to iconic events such as the Burning Man festival in the USA.

This fully illustrated compendium traces the roots and history of this subculture, from the work of its godfathers Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, to the key figures who coined the word that would spawn a literary genre, to the vast community of craftsmen and artists who translated that spark into a lifestyle with clothing and accessories such as goggles, corsets, pocket watches, and with an attitude to match.

This book looks at Steampunk in popular culture (art, movies, comic book, anime) as well as work by fashion designers and the Burning Man festival. In short it pretty much examines every facet of popular culture this movement has permeated.

For fans of the movement this is an essential purchase.


Nick Smithson

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