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The Steampunk Bible


Cover and interior designs by Galen Smith.

Arriving in your book emporia this week is The Steampunk Bible by Jeff VanderMeer & SJ Chambers, a comprehensive guide to the sub-genre which is now a thriving sub-culture. I contributed some bits of graphic design as well as a bespoke dirigible illustration (see below). The book also features a few other steampunk-related pieces of mine among its wealth of photos and illustrations. This is a typically lavish production from Abrams, beautifully designed by Galen Smith with a cover based on the celebrated Hetzel editions of Jules Verne’s novels. Inside there are essay contributions from Bruce Sterling, Catherynne M Valente, Jess Nevins and others. If you’re a steampunk enthusiast (or know one) this is an essential purchase. Some links and page samples follow below.

The official Steampunk Bible site
The Steampunk Bible: Mecha-Elephants, Raygun Rocketships, and Great Stories, a feature by Jeff V.
Amazon US | Amazon UK | Book Depository | Barnes & Noble | Indiebound



My cover for KW Jeter’s Morlock Night which has just been republished by Angry Robot.



My brief was to create a cannon-bedecked piscine dirigible so this is what I came up with. See it in all its belligerent glory here.

Previously on { feuilleton }
Steampunk Reloaded
Steampunk overloaded!
Vickers Airship Catalogue
The Air Ship
More Steampunk and the Crawling Chaos
The art of François Schuiten
Steampunk Redux
Steampunk framed
Steampunk Horror Shortcuts
The Airship Destroyer
Zeppelin vs. Pterodactyls
The Hetzel editions of Jules Verne



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8 comments or trackbacks

  1. #1 posted by Gabriel McCann


    Definitly one to buy.
    Your Airfish reminds me of Carl Barks spaceship http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_Lf1ycYAH0As/S987qdMmmdI/AAAAAAAAPF0/ZqdFMSLiVg0/s1600/29-012.jpg
    Wish I could find a better image for it on the net somewhere

  2. #2 posted by John


    I’m sure it’s not the first fish-airship although I couldn’t bring any specific ones to mind. I enjoyed doing it, especially for such a splendid volume.

  3. #3 posted by Mer


    Gorgeous! Can’t wait to see this.

  4. #5 posted by Thombeau


    John, the airfish is FANTASTIC!!!

  5. #6 posted by John


    Nick: That’s superbly strange and creepy, I’m surprised they’ve not been given more attention. Bob Basset is the leader where masks are concerned.

    Thom: Thanks!






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