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Jan. 12, 2010 at 9:16am Do you oil your warmachines?

I'm a fan of steampunk - it's just the right combination of science fiction and fantasy, with a shot of history thrown in.  But what's that you say?  You've never heard of steampunk?  Oh ho, that must be fixed!  

Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction, where the story is usually set in the 19th century, often in Victorian era England. It combines elements of fantasy and science fiction, making use of technology such as steam power or dirigibles, and often having an alternate historical timeline. There are some awesome examples of steampunk in our library.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan Moore is the story of several classic literary characters, including Mina Harker, Allan Quartermain, Dr. Jekyll, the Invisible Man, and Captain Nemo. They form a team that serves British Intelligence in its quest to locate stolen cavorite, an element that defies gravity. mMake sure to read the book, not watch the movie... thumbs down to the movie!

Girl Genius is an ongoing webcomic by Phil and Kaja Foglio (though we have several volumes in the library).  The story is set in an alternate Industrial Revolution, which has become an all-out war between the Sparks, highly charismatic mad scientists.  Agatha Heterodyne is a struggling student at Transylvania Polygnostic University, but when Baron Klaus Wulfenbach and his son come to investigate irregularities at the university, a seemingly unrelated sequence of events leads to Agatha awakening to her family's genetic inheritance and their secrets.

And then there's a new addition to the library.  Scott Westerfeld, author of the Uglies series and Peeps, has a new book out.  Leviathan is set in an alternate history, during World War I.  Clankers and Darwinists lead both sides, using warmachines to fight. The teenage son of Archduke Franz Ferdinand is fleeing assassins when his path crosses Deryn Sharp, a girl disguised as a boy to join the British Air Service.  I could go on... but maybe you'd better watch Scott Westerfeld's preview instead!

Check out some of these amazing examples of steampunk art!  Or one of my favorites, a steampunk-style Mac Mini!

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