Imagine a world where steam is the main source of power, but the attitudes are distinctly futuristic - the romance of the past meets the techlogy of the future. Steampunk is a subculture on the rise, an exciting mix of adventure and sci fi in a world full of cogs and rivets, goggles and corsets. Influenced by the worlds created by H.G. Wells and Jules Verne, Steampunk has grown into a movement encompassing fashion, art, movies, literature and even music. Films such as The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen catapulted steampunk to the big screen, whilst events have sprung up all over the world in which fans create magnificent costumes and put steampunk twists on modern devices. As you read this exciting new book, enjoy a stunning selection of artworks portraying the ecstatic fantasy of steam-powered worlds.
G. D. Falksen (foreword) is an author, lecturer and public speaker. He also studies history, is a consultant for Disney and blogs for Tor.com and ComicMix.com. Dubbed 'the unofficial face of Steampunk' by Paper magazine, he is one of the most recognizable figures in the steampunk literary genre and the related subculture. He is the author of The Hellfire Chronicles series and the Ouroboros Cycle series and his work has appeared in Steampunk Tales, Steampunk Magazine, The Chap and several anthologies. He has appeared as a guest at various events and Comic Cons, and been featured in The New York Times, on MTV and io9.com. He is also the lead writer for Hatboy Studios, Inc., creators of the steampunk-themed video game AIR.