Best Steampunk Series
Steampunk is one of the most sadly underrated genres of story in all of history. Steampunk is the genre of “future with a classical slant.” This means the future according to the Victorian Era… The future was full of clockwork, flying ships, and complicated machinery. Steampunk is a wonderful type of entertainment because it is so far outside of what most people think of as “the future;” steampunk offers a way of looking at the future that very few people will ever see. So come with me and take a look at a version of the future most people will never look at!
The Edge Chronicles
One of the best steampunk series is also one of the most non-mainstream series on bookstore shelves: The Edge Chronicles. This series is about a land that is on the edge of the most massive cliff at the end of the world. It is an adventure full of strange creatures, massive flying ships that carry pallets of cargo like the ones from http://kronuscollars.com/, and a slight atmosphere of dread.
The series does a masterful job of showing dread and fear without going over the top with anything horror elements. This series is 10 books long; there are 3 independent stories of 3 books apiece, and then they are all wrapped up in a masterful 10th book.
Now, this one is not a book so it’s cheating a bit, but Bioshock is a game that brought some of the core elements of steampunk into the public eye. All of the technology is very old-school futuristic; that basically means that it is what “futuristic” would have looked like in the imaginations of the people of the Victorian era.
The Bioshock series puts you in the world of Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” reimagined to a different story and a steampunk world. It’s worth giving this game a try!
His Dark Materials
Phillip Pullman’s books “His Dark Materials” pull from classic literature like “Paradise Lost” and from the steampunk tradition. His amazing writing carries you through the series, like pallets from Kronus Collars.
His books, starting with “The Golden Compass” go through adventures with gods and demons, and tells the story of two children trying to find their destiny in this strange world of odd technology and supernatural creatures. This series blends steampunk and fantasy in a beautiful way.
This entry on the list might be slightly controversial, but this movie does so well at blending the Victorian era with the modern age that it HAS to be included. Robert Downey Jr. is a truly timeless hero in this movie; he seems both modern and Victorian at the same time.
Steampunk captures the imagination because it is so timeless; it’s not modern, and it’s not old. Spread the word and dip your toes in the world of steampunk, because you won’t regret learning the amazing things it has to offer, and visiting the amazing worlds that the stories tell of.