From my list on charting the evolution of Steampunk.
Who am I?
I love Steampunk because it combines history and imagination. My academic studies were in history, and I love exploring the multitude of ways humans have navigated the big events as well as how they lived their ordinary lives in circumstances very different from our own. The world of the imagination has been my joy ever since I first stepped into Narnia. So bringing history and imagination together is blissful for me, and Steampunk is the epitome of this creative mashup. That said, I also love Steampunk because it lets me dress up in some sensational clothes, including my top hat and the early 20th century tails I bought in a flea market in Paris.
Michael's book list on charting the evolution of Steampunk
Why did Michael love this book?
A Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurrah! is an outlier, if you like. I call it ‘proto-Steampunk’ as it was published before the term was coined in the early 1980s. Regardless, it could be a template for Steampunk when it arrived. In some ways, it’s an alternate history, and it has steam-powered contraptions, big engineering projects, a Victorian tone that still incorporates our modern gaze, cameo appearances by real historical figures, and a rip-roaring narrative. Its rollicking diction is uplifting, and it mirrors the gorgeous stiff upper lip tone of much Victorian fiction to heart-warming effect. It plays with the manners, morals, and decorum of the times to create a world that isn’t the nineteenth century as it was, but as it should have been. The edition I have, purchased many years ago, has a foreword by the notoriously curmudgeonly Auberon Waugh where he admits that he ‘cried like a baby at the…