The Spokane County Library District (SCLD) provides its patrons with a wide range of fiction that should appeal to all readers. Science fiction lovers may appreciate that they carry many steampunk novels by authors such as Gail Carriger, Mark Hodder, Kate Locke, George Mann, Devon Monk and Cherie Priest.
Steampunk novels are usually, but not always, set in an alternate version of 19th century England where technology developed in different ways and people have access to things such as airships and steam-powered cars, or possibly even primitive computers.
According to Wikipedia, "Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery, especially in a setting inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century. Steampunk works are often set in an alternative history of the 19th century's British Victorian era or American "Wild West", in a post-apocalyptic future during which steam power has regained mainstream use, or in a fantasy world that similarly employs steam power.
"Steampunk perhaps most recognizably features anachronistic technologies or retro-futuristic inventions as people in the 19th century might have envisioned them, and is likewise rooted in the era's perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, and art. Such technology may include fictional machines like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne..."
Some steampunk novels also feature supernatural elements. Vampires, werewolves and zombie-like creatures often exist in their alternate settings. Sometimes magic works as well. Part of the fun of the steampunk genre is that the authors often play with genre rules by blurring the lines between more traditional science fiction and fantasy.
In Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series, for example, many of the recurring characters are either werewolves or friendly vampires. The series protagonist Alexia Tarabotti goes on secret missions for the British government and solves mysteries, but much of the fun comes from Alexia confronting supernatural threats.
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