Steampunk fiction is a popular genre that has a bigger fanbase than many people would have guessed. It is a young genre that has carved a niche for itself over the decades. Keep reading to find out the best steampunk books of all time!
What is Steampunk Fiction?
Not everyone will be familiar with the term steampunk. It is a subgenre of science fiction that focuses on technology that hasn’t developed beyond steam. Authors use their creativity to predict what happens in this “era” as they introduce concepts that revolve around the technology available.
The Best Steampunk Books of All Time
- Against the Day by Thomas Pynchon
- Agatha H and the Airship City by Phil & Kaja Foglio
- Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
- Homunculus by James P. Blaylock
- Lady of Devices by Shelley Adina
- Infernal Devices by K.W. Jeter
- Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
- Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve
- Morlock Night by K.W. Jeter
- Perdido Street Station by China Miéville
- Soulless by Gail Carriger
- Steampunk Edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer
- The Alchemy of Stone by Ekaterina Sedia
- The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers
- The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
- The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling
- The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
- The Half-Made World by Felix Gilman
- The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook
- The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
- The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
- The Time Ships by Stephen Baxter
- Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
Even if you aren’t familiar with the subgenre, there are classics that you will recognize on the list. Frankenstein, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Time Machine, and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea fall under this subgenre.
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 best steampunk books of all time list. What books should we have included on this list? Let us know in the comments below!