Steampunk’s humble beginnings are rooted in the novel. From Jules Verne all the way up to today’s modern authors, there is a wealth of Steampunk fiction just waiting to be read as a result of its current popularity, and there’s new stuff being published almost every day.
A recent article from Library Journal entitled, Steampunk: 13 Titles to Update Your Collections, advises librarians on how to grow their Steampunk collections with recent publications that attracted the author’s attention and garnered his praise. The list is definitely worth your attention if you’re trying to stay at the forefront of Steampunk’s current publications and keep your personal libraries up to date.
The list is a rather comprehensive one, including nods to The Steampunk Bible by Jeff VanderMeer, Cherie Priest’s new novel, Dreadnought, and a few newcomers to the genre. Be sure to check it out!
When Steampunk as a literary movement is discussed, there is invariably the necessary mention of the proto-Steampunk authors whose past works shape literary Steampunk today. Usually, discussion of these early authors starts and ends with Jules Verne and H. G. Wells, but there are far more authors that were doing similar work around the same time which influences Steampunk.
Verne and Wells enjoy particular respect within the Steampunk community not only because they wrote some of the greatest works of science fiction literature of all time, but also because much of the Steampunk community has read their work.
The article The Birth of Steampunk in the 19th Century by Jess Nevins is a reading list for those interested in expanding their familiarity with the proto-Steampunk authors beyond Verne and Wells. It offers reading suggestions in chronological order by publication date along with links to read many of the referenced works for free.
This list is a great way to expand your knowledge on the science fiction that would eventually come to shape our subculture.