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The Steampunk Bible

Compiler/curator Jeff VanderMeer offers this equation to define the genre: “STEAMPUNK = Mad Scientist Inventor [invention (steam x airship or metal man/baroque stylings) x (pseudo) Victorian setting] + progressive or reactionary politics x adventure plot.”  That formulation may be tongue in cheek, but this lavishly illustrated volume testifies to the sheer pleasure of such retro-futurist visions in fiction, fashion, film, and elsewhere.

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July 25: On this day in 1834 Samuel Taylor Coleridge died of heart disease at the age of sixty-one.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

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