Erotica author, aka Elspeth Potter, on Writing from the Inside

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Recent Steampunk

Today, some recent steampunk novels.

Caveat - I have not yet read any of these books, but I've been collecting them for my To Be Read pile. Suggestions welcome if you have them! Please refrain from spoilers in the comments.

The Native Star by M.K. Hobson. "The year is 1876. In the small Sierra Nevada settlement of Lost Pine, the town witch, Emily Edwards, is being run out of business by an influx of mail-order patent magics."

The Alchemy of Stone by Ekaterina Sedia. "Mattie, an intelligent automaton skilled in the use of alchemy, finds herself caught in the middle of a conflict between gargoyles, the Mechanics, and the Alchemists. With the old order quickly giving way to the new, Mattie discovers powerful and dangerous secrets - secrets that can completely alter the balance of power in the city of Ayona. This doesn't sit well with Loharri, the Mechanic who created Mattie and still has the key to her heart - literally."

Boneshaker and Dreadnought by Cherie Priest feature a Civil War-era alternate Seattle.

Leviathan and Behemoth, Young Adult novels by Scott Westerfeld, are set in a universe where WWI went differently. "This global conflict is between the Clankers, who put their faith in machines, and the Darwinists, whose technology is based on the development of new species."

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare is linked to a present-day Young Adult series by this author.


  1. If you're still interested, check out Meljean Brooks' novella in the BURNING UP anthology. It's called "Here There Be Monsters." Actual Steampunk, not Gaslamp Fantasy.

  2. Thanks! I have actually pre-ordered Brook's new steampunk novel - didn't list it because it wasn't out yet.