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Great Pieces of Steampunk Literature July 13 2017

Steampunk culture is more than a niche in today's world. There are proponents all over the world, and no shortage of media and literature with which to enjoy the genre. No matter what your steampunk preference, Victorian era, Old West, or apocalyptic dystopia, there is sure to be plenty of literature and media for you to enjoy. Here, we have listed some of our favorite pieces of steampunk literature.

 Against The Day

We decided to start strong, and make no mistake this Thomas Pynchon entry is no easy read. With over 100 different characters, there is no glossing over the plot of this book. Beginning in 1893 at the Chicago World's Fair, and following a crew of young, green balloonists, this 1,000+ page book is the steampunk gift that keeps on giving.

Agatha H and the Airship City

Mad scientists? Airships? Beautiful heroines? This entry has it all! Written by Phil and Kaja Foglio, this steampunk (cyberpunk, to be technical) adventure follows Agatha, a student at Transylvania Polygnostic University. In a world where heroic adventurers known as Hetrodynes have disappeared, mad scientists terrorize the denizens of the world. Agatha aspires to be an inventor, but doesn't seem to have the spark for it. That is, until she is captured by the ruthless Baron Klaus Wulfenbach and finds out what she is really made of.


While it is debatable whether Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, should be considered steampunk, there is no doubt that it was a precursor, and one of the first examples of science fiction. A classic work of fiction, follow Frankenstein  in Victorian England as he defies death and creates his "monster" using his ingenious lightning powered invention.


Written by James P. Blaylock, and winner of the Philip K. Dick Award, Homunculus is a riveting blend of Edgar Allen Poe, Robert Louis Stevenson, and H.G. Wells. We won't get too into the details of the plot, but suffice it to say it starts with a dirigible with a dead pilot passing over Victorian London, and follows scientists/explorer Langdon St. Ives and evangelist Shiloh, who is convinced the blimp carries his father, a tiny space alien.

Mortal Engines

This entry is great for beginners in the steampunk genre. Set in a post apocalyptic landscape, where the world is ravaged by nuclear warfare, the citizens survive in giant, mechanized, moving cities. Because there are no natural resources left, these cities survive by consuming each other for their parts.



Another great entry for beginners in the genre, Steampunk is an anthology of short stories edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer. If you want to know what is possible in the world of steampunk, what's in it, and many of the tropes, this is a great way to get exposed.

The Anubis Gates

Written by Tim Powers, The Anubis Gates are a classic steampunk story with a fantasy feel. Following an eclectic cast, from an Egyptian sorcerer, to a body switching werewolf, to a brainwashed Lord Byron, you'll feel for the protagonist Professor Brendan Doyle, who quite frankly wanted none of this "nonsense".

The Difference Engine

Written by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling, this work helped to define and establish the genre of steampunk. It's set in 1855, where the computer has already arrived due to one Charles Babbage's creation of the Difference Engine and the Analytical Engine. Part detective novel, part thriller, this journey starts with the discovery of some punched Engine cards, cards someone is trying to kill for.

The Golden Compass

We mentioned this one in our movie list, but the books are just so much better. Part of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, follow Lyra Belacqua in a world where every person's soul is split in half and and put into the body of an animal dæmon. A mysterious "dust", being researched by her father Lord Asriel, is making a stir. Mixed with fantastical elements, this story is still full of steampunk inventions and landscapes.

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea


Another entry that was on our movie list, this classic by Jules Verne is one of the original instances of steampunk. Verne is known for other such steampunk classics as Around the World in Eighty Days and Journey to the Center of the Earth. Verne is actually the second most translated English author, between William Shakespeare and Agatha Christie.

The Warlord of the Air

Written by Michael Moorcock before steampunk was an official genre, this story follows Oswald Bastable, who is transported to an alternate 20th century where World War One never happened, and steam power is the norm. It's part of a trilogy under the name The Nomad of Time.


Hopefully you found this list interesting and entertaining. All of these steampunk stories make for a great read, and of course there is plenty more steampunk literature out there for you to enjoy. Here at Machine Age Lamps, we love everything there is about steampunk. We love it so much, we've made creating one of a kind pieces of steampunk art our profession. If you would like a masterfully crafted machine age lamp or table made from original farm equipment, then check our product listing here. If you have any questions about our products or delivery, please don't hesitate to give us a call today. We will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

Famous Steampunk Movies June 30 2017

Here at Machine Age Lamps, we love steampunk. We love it so much, we made it part of our profession making machine age art. If you are a fellow steampunk fan, or an interested newcomer, then chances are you will enjoy the wide array of machine age movies available to watch today. Here is a list of some of the more recent (and some older) famous steampunk movies.


Produced by both Tim Burton and Timur Bekmambetov, this visually stunning story takes place in a post apocalyptic future. It's titular character? A rag doll voiced by Elijah Wood, who may be the only one with the key to save humanity. With an all star cast, great storytelling, and, of course, an epic steampunk landscape, this movie is sure to delight.

Fullmetal Alchemist

Spanning a whole series and multiple movies, this anime story follows brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric in a world where a mystical blend of science and magic called "alchemy" exists. Everything in this fictional world (besides alchemy and good old human will power) is powered by either steam or spring loaded contraptions, including everything from trains to robot limbs. Critically acclaimed, this series is sure to provide enjoyment for many a night.


If the name didn't give it away, this movie's biggest focus is on steam power. Set in the 1860s, a young British Inventor gets caught in the middle of a huge conflict, resulting in an army race to advance steam power.

Wild Wild West

A nostalgic throwback for millennials, Wild Wild West is a movie set in the 19th century wild west. Starring Will Smith, Salma Hayek, and Kevin Kline, this is an action movie at heart. However, what places it firmly in the steampunk genre as well is the character played by Kevin Klein, who's innovating machine age inventions marvel from start to finish.

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

A nice blend of fantasy and steampunk, this movie features such noted icons as Dracula's Bride, Dorian Grey, Doctor Hyde, the Invisible Man, and Captain Nemo. It is from Captain Nemo where we get the fantastic steampunk elements in this movie, including his Nautilus submarine and and gadgets galore.

The Golden Compass

Set in a parallel universe with fantastic elements, where every person has half their soul inside of an animal companion called a dæmon, this movie also has many fantastic steampunk features. Loads of steam and spring powered machine, fun gadgets, and wonderful looking sets make this movie a joy to watch.

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea

Okay, now time for a classic. This 1954 film is essentially a machine age version of Moby Dick. It is considered by some to be the quintessential steampunk move.

The City of Lost Children

Made in 1995, this fantastic science fantasy drama was directed by Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet. It stars Ron Perlman, who spoke no French, and had to be fed his lines phonetically for the movie. Featuring a surreal society wherein a scientist kidnaps children and steals their dreams (using steampunk gadgets, of course) with the goal of prolonging his life, this movie is riveting, and will have you on the edge of your seat.


This is far from a comprehensive list of great steampunk movies. There's plenty of steampunk yet to explore! If you would like a masterfully crafted piece of steampunk art with functionality in your home, then check out the products we offer here at Machine Age Lamps. Feel free to give us a call if you have any questions about our products or delivery. We will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

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