HUSH: a podcast from your library – Episode 19 – Steampunk

Thad Hartman and Lissa Staley host a roundtable discussion with our guests around an engaging and interesting topic — Steampunk! and the books and movies that define the anachronistic genre characterized by goggles, airships, clockwork and of course, steam powered machines.

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Steampunk – the books, the movies, the genre, the sub-culture

SusanOur guest this episode is Susan Schafer, Public Services Specialist to talk about the genre of Steampunk. Susan also presented on this topic for the Celebrate the Book Reader’s Advisory Conference in November 2011.

As Cherie Priest says “steampunk is what the past would have looked like if the future had happened sooner.”


Books and Movies mentioned

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  • Wild Wild West television series and movie
  • H.G. Wells
  • Jules Verne
  • Back to the Future III
  • Infernal Devices by KW Jeter
  • Queen Victoria’s Bomb by Ronald Clark
  • Anubis Gates by Tim Powers
  • The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling
  • The Leviathan series by Scott Westerfeld
  • Clockwork Century series by Cherie Priest, first book is Boneshaker
  • Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger
  • New Crobuzon series by China Mieville
  • Aurorarama by Jean-Christophe Valtat
  • Burton and Swinburne  presents series by Mark Hodder, start with The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack
  • The Half-Made World by Felix Gilman
  • Steampunk and Steampunk II by Jeff and Ann VanderMeer
  • Steampunk Bible by Jeff VanderMeer
  • Airborn by Kenneth Oppel
  • Steamed by Katie McAllister
  • Iron Duke by Meljean Brook
  • The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. the complete series
  • The Prestige
  • Three Musketeers (newest movie version)
  • for corsets, goggles, Victorian clothing, modified Steampunk things
  • Steamcon
  • Steampunk Scholar
  • Steampunk Tribune
  • Clockwork Dolls
  • Abney Park
  • Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff

Your turn to talk

Continue the conversation about books and movies featuring elements of Steampunk. Why do you like them? What can you recommend? Talk to us here on the blog, or on the library’s Goodreads group at our Steampunk discussion.

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Lissa Staley

Lissa Staley helps people use the library. She is a Book Evangelist, Health Information Librarian, Trivia Emcee, Classics Made Modern book group leader, NaNoWriMo Municipal Liaison, Community Novel Project leader, HUSH podcaster, and frequent library customer. She reads a new book every few days, but recently enjoyed Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley.

4 thoughts on “HUSH: a podcast from your library – Episode 19 – Steampunk

  1. I really enjoyed Leviathan. I still need to read the next two in the trilogy. Also, Wild, Wild West was my favorite show as a young teen. And Briscoe County Jr. is one of the best shows never to “make it.” Probably before its time (like Steampunk…)

  2. Susan, that one book with the Steampunk character who shows up in famous historical events is hilarious. Can’t remember the title.

  3. This is a WONDERFUL reading list for Steampunk references/culture! I don’t think it oculd be more complete. I don’t know why I didn’t think of “The Three Musketeers” before seeing it on this list; but, yes, that is a great inclusion. Makes me wonder about he new Sherlock Holmes movies…hmm. By the way, did you all know that Steampunk is such an atractive type of ‘fantasy’, that there are theatrical productions based in this style…and even the bellydance community has a well-developed Steampunk sub-culture as well?!?! There has been a big surge of Steampunk-style fusion bellydance. Tara’s Grace performs this type dance 🙂

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