Steampunk Giveaway 8

I’ve been hearing an awful lot about steampunk lately–along with several people wondering what in the world steampunk is.

Steampunk is defined as a sub-genre of science fiction, alternative history, and speculative fiction that is set in a 19th century, Victorian-type era. While the steampunk sub-genre is a spin-off from cyberpunk (a combination of cybernetics and typically post-industrial dystopia), it actually has its roots in the 1980s and 1990s and derives its name from stories set in steam-powered worlds that incorporate technologies that would have seemed futuristic to people of that era, including digital technology. Typically included in steampunk worlds are 19th century fashion, culture, and architectural style, along with other similar aspects of that age.

The grandfathers of the modern steampunk sub-genre include: Jules Verne (who wrote 56 French novels including Around the World in Eighty Days and A Journey to the Center of the Earth), H.G. Wells (The Island of Doctor Moreau, The War of the Worlds, The Time Machine, and many others), Mark Twain (novels such as A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court), and of course we can’t forget Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

Over the last several years, steampunk has gained in popularity with modern authors including, but certainly not limited to: Cherie Priest (Boneshaker), Scott Westerfield (Leviathan), Dru Pagliassotti (Clockwork Heart), Tim Akers (Heart of Veridon), Ekaterina Sedia (The Alchemy of Stone), China Miéville (The ScarThe City and the City), among several others. (Works listed above do not represent the authors’ complete bibliographies.)

Now for the latest news: Tor Books is launching a steampunk newsletter, which the publisher is kicking off with a prize pack giveaway. If you want to check out this growing sub-genre, or if you are already a fan, you might want to register to receive the newsletter and be entered for a chance to win the related giveaway. You can do so at: Below is a picture of the entire prize pack. Contest ends December 12, 2010.

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8 thoughts on “Steampunk Giveaway

  • Nichole White

    I have a friend who writes steampunk, and she’s awesome at it! Really and truly, she rocks the genre like nothing I’ve ever read before.

    I might check this giveaway out. Thanks for the tip. 😀


    • admin

      Terrific! Would you mind posting her URL if she has one? You can either post it here or email it to me: dona {at} fantasyandfaith dot com

      Thanks for stopping by!

      • Nichole White

        Sure. I can give you her url (if I can find it; lol!), but I’ll warn you she’s not exactly Christian. She is an amazing writer though. The piece I was talking about? Well, the MC is actually a ghost, but let me tell you… this is one ghost story like you’ve never seen. 🙂 She uses a third person narrative style, but her character’s are very vivid, and the slight narration only adds to the work in my own opinion.

        Here’s the url to an old version of that story, titled “Incorporeal Form”. I don’t think she’s posted any of the edited version yet… and like many writers, she’s always editing! 😀 Here you go:

        I believe she only has two chapters of this up. She’s sent me other chapters, but she hasn’t updated this account for ages. 🙂

    • admin

      Really? I didn’t hear about that one. I know one thing, steampunk is definitely drawing more attention. I don’t know if you saw it, but even Castle had a recent episode with steampunk characters.

  • Beverly Nault

    We did! Our son’s bf is into SP and is educating us on what goes on in that world. And of course, the guys play WOW, and apparently there is a section of SP dwarves in that world.

    I like how they recycle gizmos and cyber trash and make their own props. SP props rock!