I like steampunk. For those of you who aren’t in the know, steampunk is a sub-genre that combines the Victorian era with fantastical steam-driven technology, such as computers, robots, dirigibles, etc. As well, steampunk often features armour-corsetted women and gentlemen who ask for a cup of tea after killing the bad guy. Yum.
My never-ending quest to find new steampunk novels often leaves me wanting and fuming. Because it’s a sub-genre, typing “steampunk” into Google or your local public library catalogue will often bring up novels with steampunk in the title, guidebooks, and anthologies. As most steampunk novels fall outside these narrow criteria, finding them can be a bit trickier.
I’ve decided to start a listing (non-exhaustive) here. I’m sure there others like me who are hungry. If you know of a title, please feel free to comment and pay forward your knowledge. I can’t vouch for some of these titles; if you can, let me know! (Take note: I don’t differentiate between steampunk, diesel-punk, and clockwork — it’s all good! As well, if there is an element vaguely steampunk-ish, I’ll include the title here.) Goodreads also has a listing here, some of which are included below.
Shelley Adina – Magnificent Devices Series
Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris – Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel
Christopher Beats – Cruel Numbers
James P. Blaylock – The Aylesford Skull: A Tale of Langdon St. Ives
Gail Carriger – Soulless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel
Cassandra Clare – The Clockwork Angel: The Infernal Devices
William Gibson – The Difference Engine
K.W. Jeter – Morlock Night
George Mann – The Affinity Bridge: A Newbury & Hobbes Investigation
Felix J. Palma – The Map of Time
Tim Powers – Anubis Gates
Philip Pullman – The Golden Compass Series
Genevieve Valentine – Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti
Catherine Webb – The Extraordinary and Unusual Adventures of Horatio Lyle