The 25 Best Steampunk Books of All Time 

Steampunk fiction is a little-known genre that has a big following. While the genre might be niche, it has a bunch of classics under its name. We decided to list the 25 best steampunk books of all time. Keep reading to find out which books made our list! 

What is Steampunk Fiction? 

The 25 Best Steampunk Books of All Time 
The 25 Best Steampunk Books of All Time 

Since it is a subgenre, not everyone may know what steampunk is. It is a subgenre of science fiction that focuses on technology that hasn’t developed beyond steam. Often times, it takes place during the Victorian age but that is up to the author and is not always the case. And technology does vary from book to book.  

The 25 Best Steampunk Books of All Time 

Classics and Then Some 

You are probably surprised to see books that you know on this list. Yep, those books fall under the steampunk fiction label. Books like The Time Machine, and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and Frankenstein fall under this subgenre. While they weren’t trying to write a steampunk novel, that is what ended up happening unbeknownst to them. 

The term steampunk was created by author K.W. Jeter in 1987 to describe the Victorian technology and technology that was powered by steam. As you can guess, there were dozens of novels that already did this before he came along and gave it a name that stuck. 


That is all for the 25 best steampunk books of all time list. What books should we have included on this list? Let us know in the comments below! 

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8 thoughts on “The 25 Best Steampunk Books of All Time 

    1. Peter Davis says:

      I was thinking the same, a list like this with no Moorcock is like a list of fantasy without Tolkien

  1. Gordon Kent says:

    Josiah Bancroft’s Tower of Babel trilogy should be at the top of the list.

  2. Martin Walker says:

    In my opinion, Terry Pratchett’s diskworld novels count as steampunk too. Try ‘Raising Steam ‘ or ‘Going Postal ‘.

  3. Steve CLIFTON says:

    The Golden Compass doesn’t belong on this list, while I might have put Cogheart on it, but list are lists: never perfect, never complete.

  4. Donavan E Vicha says:

    The Ketty Jay books by Chris Woodling are top notch examples of the genre, and if HG Wells and Mary Shelley qualify, where is Jules Verne?


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