The Steampunk User's Manual : An Illustrated Practical and Whimsical Guide to Creating Retro-Futurist Dreams, Hardback

The Steampunk User's Manual : An Illustrated Practical and Whimsical Guide to Creating Retro-Futurist Dreams Hardback

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The Steampunk User's Manual features beautiful images and entertaining text about the incredibly popular Science Fiction subgenre that imagines future technology and fashion via a 19th century perspective and toolbox.

The Steampunk User's Manual provides a conceptual how-to guide across all aspects of Steampunk that motivates and awes both the armchair enthusiast and the committed creator.

The idea here is to give readers points of reference that are both refreshingly down-to-earth and completely over-the-top--that utterly doable jewellery project juxtaposed with that stunningly crazy and jaw-dropping art installation.

The book features sections on fashion, art, crafts, music, large-scale installations, fiction, filmmaking, etc.

By combining the functional and the delightfully out-there, The Steampunk User's Manual not only satisfies readers--it also entertains and inspires them at a very high level and provides an updated look at the world of Steampunk, which has already changed since the publication of The Steampunk Bible.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 256 pages, 150 colour and black-and-white illustrations
  • Publisher: Abrams
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Popular culture
  • ISBN: 9781419708985



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I won this at the book's launch party at World Fantasy in Washington D.C.As a steampunk author, I often have to explain what steampunk is to family or other folks. I wish this book was a bit more portable, because it would sure be nice to flip it open to any page and say, 'See this? Steampunk!' This is really a coffee table-sized volume, full color and packed with photographs and artwork. It's truly a feast for the eyes and the text is likewise illuminating. The title might mislead some to think this is a DIY book for makers. It does include step-by-step instructions on several fascinating projects, but the subject matter is much more broad. It elaborates on steampunk as a phenomenon within literature, clothing, music, and stage, and where these artists find their inspirations. The pictures alone are great for a newcomer to steampunk, even though the overall content might overwhelm them. I really see this as being for someone who is familiar with steampunk and wants to know more and/or to have a downright gorgeous book to keep on display.

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