Steampunk: Fantasy Art, Fashion, Fiction & The Movies by Henry Winchester (book review).

October 4, 2020 | By | Reply More

I broke my own rule and bought this book, ‘Steampunk’ by Henry Winchester, solely impressed by the cover and the realisation that it might appeal to the steampunk fans who visit SFC. The sub-title is ‘Fantasy, Art, Fiction, Fashion And The Movies’ so covers a lot of ground in what is considered ‘Victorian Science Fiction’ as if they were more advanced than they were at the time.

A thought just occurred to me but has anyone actually wondered what would have happened to modern science had it really happened that way? Would we still have advanced or remained clockwork and steam-powered, figuring there was nowhere else to go? Likewise, would resolving the smog and sewer issues of London been solved earlier, if not quicker?

In many respects, even in 2014 when this book was released, steampunk was still growing and I think I would be hard-pushed to think how far it has developed since then. As a brief primer on the subject, it is still valid and if you’re only just getting into the subject, can get a decent grounding as to what to read and watch before getting up-to-date.

What really sells this book is the art and that out-numbers the text pages and worth getting a copy just for that.

GF Willmetts

September 2020

From in the UK

(pub: Flame Tree Publishing, 2014. 129 page illustrated squarish hardback. Price: I pulled my copy for £ 9.00 (UK). ISBN: 978-1-78361-122-5)

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Category: Books, Illustration, Steampunk

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Geoff Willmetts has been editor at SFCrowsnest for some 21 plus years now, showing a versatility and knowledge in not only Science Fiction, but also the sciences and arts, all of which has been displayed here through editorials, reviews, articles and stories. With the latter, he has been running a short story series under the title of ‘Psi-Kicks’ If you want to contribute to SFCrowsnest, read the guidelines and show him what you can do. If it isn’t usable, he spends as much time telling you what the problems is as he would with material he accepts. This is largely how he got called an Uncle, as in Dutch Uncle. He’s not actually Dutch but hails from the west country in the UK.

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