The Steampunk Bible: An Illustrated Guide to the World of Imaginary Airships, Corsets and Goggles, Mad Scientists, and Strange Literature - Bruce Sterling, Jeff VanderMeer, Jake von Slatt, Libby Bulloff, Evelyn Kriete, S.J. Chambers, G.D. Falksen, Desirina Boskovich, J. Daniel Sawyer, Rick Klaw, Jess Nevins, Catherynne M. Valente It’s not all airships and goggles. Having become my fiction genre of choice over the last few years, The Steampunk Bible is a welcome tour of its many other aspects. The aesthetics in steampunk fiction, fashion and art overlay a worldview that emphasizes self-reliance, a resistance to dystopia and which prizes innovation as a craft, not simply a means to mass-consumption.

The range of topics, along with the artwork and photographs, presents a skillfully edited summary of a genre that has difficulty defining itself. It thankfully resists the obsessive fanboy traps of exploring minutia. At just over 200 pages, it is concise and beautifully illustrated as it explores the history, music, fashion, fiction, fabricators and sub-culture of all things steampunk.