The Steampunk User’s Manual

An Illustrated Practical and Whimsical Guide to Creating Retro-futurist Dreams



ISBN: 9781419708985 Category:

Jeff VanderMeer, Desirina Boskovich


Steampunk, the retro-futuristic cultural movement, has become a substantial and permanent genre in the worlds of fantasy and science fiction. A large part of its appeal is that, at its core, Steampunk is about doing it yourself: building on the past while also innovating and creating something original. VanderMeer’s latest book offers practical and inspirational guidance for readers to find their individual path into this realm. Including sections on art, fashion, architecture, crafts, music, performance, and storytelling, The Steampunk User’s Manual provides a conceptual how-to guide that motivates and awes both the armchair enthusiast and the committed creator. Examples range from the utterly doable to the completely over-the-top, encouraging participation and imagination at all levels.

Additional information

Weight 908 g
Dimensions 18.6 x 25.7 cm
Publisher name ABRAMS
Publication date 1 November 2014
Number of pages 256
Format Hardback
Dimensions 18.6 x 25.7 cm
Weight 908 g


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Jeff VanderMeer is the author of The Steampunk Bible and Wonderbook, and a three-time winner of the World Fantasy Award. His critically acclaimed fiction has been translated into 20 languages. His books have made the year’s-best lists from Publishers Weekly, LA Weekly, the Washington Post, Amazon, the San Francisco Chronicle, and many more. VanderMeer’s latest novel, Annihilation, was recently optioned by Paramount Pictures. He is based in Tallahassee, Florida.