One of the results of the Great Steampunk Debate was that I realized that I had very little knowledge of literary steampunk.
I've followed literary steampunks, read reviews, and listened to podcasts, but don't have a real good feeling of the genre beyond artist and craftsmen's material culture and the broad strokes of cosplayer's bios.
This must cease. So I've decided to do a literary steampunk crash course.
Broadly put steamish literature has three eras: Scientific Romance 1850- 1917, classic steampunk 1972-2003, and self-conscious steampunk 2000-Present. There might be a fourth era Steam-pulp that covers the period between the end of the great war and Moorcock's Warlord of the Air, I don't know just yet.
I have chosen five (or six) books from each of the three major periods and will be reading and reviewing them. SO without futher explication here's what I'm reading for fun over the next few months:
Foundational Scientific Romance
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea finished - local bookstore - also available via Project Gutenberg
War of the Worlds Reviewed - Project Gutenberg
The Huge Hunter, or The Steam Man of the Prairies finished - Project Gutenberg
Edison's Conquest of Mars Reviewed - Project Gutenberg
Warlord of the Air - to acquire -local Bookstore/amazon used
Morlock Nights finished - Kindle eBook
The Adventures of Langdon St. Ives finished - Kindle eBook
Anubis Gates - local Bookstore
Winter's Tale* - Audible
Leviathan - borrowed - audile?
Larklight - local Bookstore
Soulless - Library eBook - audible
Fitzpatrick's War - local Bookstore
Boneshaker - Kindle eBook
* I've been told that this isn't steampunk,. but I'm reading it anyway, dammit!