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Imagine a world where steam is the main source of power, but the attitudes are distinctly futuristic - the romance of the past meets the technology of the future. Steampunk is a subculture on the rise, an exciting mix of adventure and sci fi in a world full of cogs and rivets, goggles and corsets. Influenced by the worlds created by H.G. Wells and Jules Verne, Steampunk ha Imagine a world where steam is the main source of power, but the attitudes are distinctly futuristic - the romance of the past meets the technology of the future. Steampunk is a subculture on the rise, an exciting mix of adventure and sci fi in a world full of cogs and rivets, goggles and corsets. Influenced by the worlds created by H.G. Wells and Jules Verne, Steampunk has grown into a movement encompassing fashion, art, movies, literature and even music. Films such as The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen catapulted steampunk to the big screen, whilst events have sprung up all over the world in which fans create magnificent costumes and put steampunk twists on modern devices. As you read this exciting new book, enjoy a stunning selection of artworks portraying the ecstatic fantasy of steam-powered worlds.


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Imagine a world where steam is the main source of power, but the attitudes are distinctly futuristic - the romance of the past meets the technology of the future. Steampunk is a subculture on the rise, an exciting mix of adventure and sci fi in a world full of cogs and rivets, goggles and corsets. Influenced by the worlds created by H.G. Wells and Jules Verne, Steampunk ha Imagine a world where steam is the main source of power, but the attitudes are distinctly futuristic - the romance of the past meets the technology of the future. Steampunk is a subculture on the rise, an exciting mix of adventure and sci fi in a world full of cogs and rivets, goggles and corsets. Influenced by the worlds created by H.G. Wells and Jules Verne, Steampunk has grown into a movement encompassing fashion, art, movies, literature and even music. Films such as The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen catapulted steampunk to the big screen, whilst events have sprung up all over the world in which fans create magnificent costumes and put steampunk twists on modern devices. As you read this exciting new book, enjoy a stunning selection of artworks portraying the ecstatic fantasy of steam-powered worlds.

30 review for Steampunk: Fantasy Art, Fashion, Fiction & The Movies

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kayla

    Great explanation of Steampunk and its history. Breaks down movies, books, and has some great photos and cosplay as well!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    Ok first off here in the UK this book is known as part of the gothic dreams series although looking at some of the titles I would not really say that is a fair name - after all Gothic could be treated as a genre on its own as you could could call Steampunk therefore to link the two together though possible is hardly a fair categorisation - ok I will stop being petty So on to the book - first of all its a mix of art and commentary - with one page dedicated to art and the other face on all aspects Ok first off here in the UK this book is known as part of the gothic dreams series although looking at some of the titles I would not really say that is a fair name - after all Gothic could be treated as a genre on its own as you could could call Steampunk therefore to link the two together though possible is hardly a fair categorisation - ok I will stop being petty So on to the book - first of all its a mix of art and commentary - with one page dedicated to art and the other face on all aspects (well Like the Cthulhu edition before - it can be rather sporadic over its coverage and topics) from film and book to fashion and style. the book to me is an excellent introduction to someone who has just discovered the genre but wants to know more but will not necessarily be upset if something they know has been omitted. The production and quality of the print is without doubt exceptional and I think it goes to help promote the visual aspects far beyond what words alone could do. This is a book to be picked up and flicked through from time to time rather than memorised and used as reference.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ronald Weston

    Too bad this book hasn't been updated since publication in late 2013 but it is still well worth a look. It is concise and gives a brief history of steampunk. touching on various aspects of the subculture: fiction, movies, gaming, music, design, artwork, and fashion. Think of it as a introduction that whets one's taste for further exploration. Any of the topics presented could be discussed at much greater length. To me the most noteworthy aspects were the artwork and layout of the book. The most Too bad this book hasn't been updated since publication in late 2013 but it is still well worth a look. It is concise and gives a brief history of steampunk. touching on various aspects of the subculture: fiction, movies, gaming, music, design, artwork, and fashion. Think of it as a introduction that whets one's taste for further exploration. Any of the topics presented could be discussed at much greater length. To me the most noteworthy aspects were the artwork and layout of the book. The most disappointing was the limited examination of steampunk literature.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sofia

    Great for an introduction into the world. Already I have a few books noted down to check out. Beautiful art as well.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tiphany

    Meh. Art was good.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Leila Anani

    This is an excellent introduction to the concept of steampunk. It defines what steampunk is then looks at literature, film, fantasy art, costume examples of it. It also VERY briefly touches on music videos and computer games. There's some gorgeous artwork and its a great book to have for steampunk costume ideas. The film section is also fairly decent. If anyone asks you "What is steampunk?" hand them this and a lot of their questions will be answered. Its never going to cover everything and as sai This is an excellent introduction to the concept of steampunk. It defines what steampunk is then looks at literature, film, fantasy art, costume examples of it. It also VERY briefly touches on music videos and computer games. There's some gorgeous artwork and its a great book to have for steampunk costume ideas. The film section is also fairly decent. If anyone asks you "What is steampunk?" hand them this and a lot of their questions will be answered. Its never going to cover everything and as said the music and computer game side of things are very sketchy and it does miss some films, but its a very good place to start. There's list of website links for further research. A lovely book to have on the shelf and dip into.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Bryce Raffle

    An excellent steampunk primer, filled with fantastic art and plenty of examples of steampunk in the mainstream. One of the criticisms aimed at steampunk enthusiasts is that we tend to be too quick to say "that's not steampunk," and I'll admit that I did say that to myself on a few occasions while reading this book. For example, Alan Moore's The Watchmen is, in my opinion, not remotely steampunk. However, on the whole, I found myself nodding enthusiastically at most of the book's examples, and ma An excellent steampunk primer, filled with fantastic art and plenty of examples of steampunk in the mainstream. One of the criticisms aimed at steampunk enthusiasts is that we tend to be too quick to say "that's not steampunk," and I'll admit that I did say that to myself on a few occasions while reading this book. For example, Alan Moore's The Watchmen is, in my opinion, not remotely steampunk. However, on the whole, I found myself nodding enthusiastically at most of the book's examples, and making notes of new steampunk books and websites to look up. Definitely worth picking this book up, especially if you're new to steampunk.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    This is a great introduction into the world of Steampunk from its origins through its development and how it has influenced mainstream as well as creating its own culture and sub-culture. This provides a good breakdown between books, music and movies as well as sections on cosplay and conventions (which obviously has a steep lean towards the US but it happens). In addition to this the imagery is superb and shows off Steampunk in all its steam powered, brass plated glory. An excellent starting po This is a great introduction into the world of Steampunk from its origins through its development and how it has influenced mainstream as well as creating its own culture and sub-culture. This provides a good breakdown between books, music and movies as well as sections on cosplay and conventions (which obviously has a steep lean towards the US but it happens). In addition to this the imagery is superb and shows off Steampunk in all its steam powered, brass plated glory. An excellent starting point for anyone interested in the culture or for those with a passing interest.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Florin Pitea

    An ecellent showcase of the steampunk literary and cultural movement. Lavish illustration, excellent typesetting, hard covers, full-colour pages, well-researched content, concise, clear, chock-full of puns and relevant info, accessible style. Highly recommended both as an introduction to this cultural area and as a collector's item. An ecellent showcase of the steampunk literary and cultural movement. Lavish illustration, excellent typesetting, hard covers, full-colour pages, well-researched content, concise, clear, chock-full of puns and relevant info, accessible style. Highly recommended both as an introduction to this cultural area and as a collector's item.

  10. 5 out of 5

    An Janssens

    Mooi artwork aangevuld met de geschiedenis van en enkele interessante weetjes over steampunk.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Trish

    Impulse buy at Half Price. The art in the book is breathtaking. Great information about the beginnings of steampunk.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Hayley Hardman

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bob Collins

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    Chris Quinn

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  21. 4 out of 5

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  22. 4 out of 5

    Rondinna Beermunder

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    Elias

  25. 5 out of 5

    DNHSLibrarian

  26. 4 out of 5

    Olivia Flores

  27. 5 out of 5

    peter willmer

  28. 5 out of 5

    Helen Hewertson

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    Ken

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    Anne

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