The name George Griffith isn’t necessarily the first name that comes to mind in listing proto-Steampunk writers, but his influence is undeniable. Though he did not enjoy the same length of fame during his literary career, Griffith came to be seen as one of the most popular science fiction writers of the nineteenth century.
His popularity was especially concentrated in England where he revolutionary and socialist views found an eager audience. For Steampunks interested in a politically charged read from a proto-Steampunk who bridges the gap between the adventures of Verne and the terrible futures of come of Wells, Griffith’s works are a must read.
Our friends over at dieselpunks.org have put together two e-books by Griffith for your enjoyment, and best of all, they are free to download and come in a variety of formats to accommodate the various e-readers. The books are The World Peril of 1910, and The Angel of the Revolution for which Griffith is best known.
Thanks to Tome and the Dieselpunks community! I look forward to reading these soon!