The Steampunk Bible : An Illustrated Guide to the World of Imaginary Airships, Corsets and Goggles, Mad Scientists, and Strange Literature Hardback
Over the past fifteen 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 aesthetic now permeates movies, comics, fashion, art and more, and has given a distinct flavor to iconic events such as Maker Faire and the Burning Man festival.
The Steampunk Bible is the first book of its kind, a fully illustrated compendium tracing 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 ultimate resource, filled with scores of illustrations and photographs, will appeal to aficionados and novices alike as author Jeff VanderMeer takes the reader on a wild ride through the clockwork corridors of Steampunk past, present and future.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 224 pages, 150 colour illustrations
- Publisher: Abrams
- Publication Date: 25/05/2011
- Category: Literary studies: general
- ISBN: 9780810989580
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Review by alsatia
An amazing, beautiful, thought-provoking book, The Steampunk Bible catalogs the history and state of the steampunk subculture. Separate sections cover literature, art, making, and the fashions of the movement. The editors suggest that the growing interest in sustainability and the increasing rejection of mass market consumption fuel the steampunk movement. Steampunk is fun and serious without being stuffy. This is a great intro text for the movement.
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Review by BrookeAshley
This was a nicely illustrated and well written (it IS Jeff VanderMeer, after all) exploration of the evolution of Steampunk. It covered all the facets of the movement: literature, fashion, art, movies. It further cemented my belief that anyone who thinks that Steampunk is merely an aesthetic is completely missing the point - Steampunk is a response to romanticization of the imperialism and class issues of the Victorian era. One thing I hadn't known before was that the artsy side is a rejection of current mass market consumerism, which does seem like an appropriate parallel.
Review by aoibhealfae
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. <br/><br/>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 prevalence Jules Verne fandoming somewhere in between but the most content out of this book has got to be the book references.<br/><br/>I was more familiar with Japanese steampunk so I was quite disappointed how small section dedicated for that in this book. There was countless of games (Final Fantasy series), anime (Full Metal Alchemist), tokusatsu (Kamen Rider), tv series (Garo) and films (Escaflowne)in Japan that was steeped in steampunk than just Steamboy and Hayao Miyazaki. No, I refuse to let Jay Kristoff's abomination on Japanese culture to ever fit in the genre. <br/><br/>At times, I was completely unfamiliar with the references provided in the book (and there was tonnes of it) but the illustrations helps. But some of the content was a bit repetitive. There's some section dedicated for US-based Steampunk movement which is a bit nice but done nothing for the international folks really. <br/><br/>Basically its 101 Steampunk, long paragraphs with book and movie recommendations, some fashion and DYI art and some steampunk sculptures. There's some philosophy in between but the repetitive nature of it made some part of the book redundant. But is it just me, or the book made Steampunk look like unapproachable in term of class aka snobbish? Because it does read like that.<br/>
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