Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Recommended reading

This is a list of film and reading materials that I've put together as representative of the Steampunk Genre. It can also be found on the Brass Goggles Steampunk Forum, and on the Aether Emporium.

I haven't read, or seen, all of these entries, but they do come highly recommended.



Literature Sites Worth Visiting:
Literature of the Fantastic, http://www.sff.net/people/DoyleMacdonald/lit.htm
The Literary Gothic, http://www.litgothic.com/index_fl.html



H.G. Wells:
The War of the Worlds, http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/36

The Food of the Gods, http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/11696

The Island of Doctor Moreau, http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/159

The First Men in the Moon, http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/1013

From the Earth to the Moon, http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/83
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/164
Mysterious Island, http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/1268
Robur the Conqueror, http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/3808
Master of the World, http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/3809
Around the World in 80 Days, http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/103

The Iron Heel, http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/1164
The Star Rover, http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/1162

The Lost World, http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/139
The Poison Belt and other Stories, http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/126
The Sherlock Holmes Canon
The Horror of the Heights (Tales of Terror and Mystery), http://www.literaturepage.com/read/tales-of-terror-and-mystery.html

The Picture of Dorian Gray, http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/174

R.S. Stevenson
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/42

Stoker, Bram
Dracula, http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/345
The Jewel of Seven Stars, http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/3781
The Lair of the White Worm, http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/1188

Shelley, Mary
Frankenstein, http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/84

The Undying Monster, http://www.horrormasters.com/Text/a2853.pdf

Kipling, R.
The Man Who Would Be King, http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/8147
With the Night Mail
Easy as ABC

Haggard, H. Rider
King Solomon’s Mines, http://www.literaturepage.com/read/kingsolomonsmines.html
Allan Quatermain, http://www.literaturepage.com/read/allan-quatermain.html
She, http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/3155

Collins, W.

Poe, E.

His complete works, http://www.gutenberg.org/browse/authors/p#a481

Moskowitz, Sam
Science Fiction by Gaslight (out of print)

Burroughs, Edgar Rice
At the Earth’s Core, http://www.literaturepage.com/read/at-the-earths-core.html
Pellucidar, http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/605

Mundy, Talbot
King of the Khyber Rifles, http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/6066


Baxter, Stephen
Anti-Ice, ISBN-10: 0061054216, ISBN-13: 978-0061054211

Judson, Theodore
Fitzpatrick’s War, ISBN-10: 0756401968

Lansdale, Joseph
Zeppelins West, ISBN-10: 193108100X, ISBN-13: 978-1931081009

Drake, David / Flint, Eric:
The General Series

Turtledove, H., and Dreyfuss, R.

The Two Georges, ISBN-10: 0812544595, ISBN-13: 978-0812544596

Turtledove, H.
Guns for the South, ISBN-10: 0345413660, ISBN-13: 978-0345413666

Stirling, S.M
The Peshawar Lancers, ISBN-10: 0451458737, ISBN-13: 978-0451458735

Forstchen, William
The Lost Regiment Series

Gibson, W. & Sterling
The Difference Engine, ISBN-10: 055329461X, ISBN-13: 978-0553294613

Hambly, Barbara

Those Who Hunt by Night, ISBN-10: 0345361326, ISBN-13: 978-0345361325

Travelling with the Dead, ISBN-10: 0345407407, ISBN-13: 978-0345407405

Moorcock, M.

A Nomad of the Time Stream Series

Snicket, L.

The Series of Unfortunate Events books

Reeve, Philip

Collected Works

Newman, K.

Anno Dracula, ISBN-10: 038072345X, ISBN-13: 978-0380723454
Bloody Red Baron, ISBN-10: 0786702524, ISBN-13: 978-0786702527

Melville, C
Perdido St. Station, ISBN-10: 0345459407, ISBN-13: 978-0345459404

Fraser, G.M.

The Flashman Series

Harrison, H.

A Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurrah!, ISBN-10: 0812515919, ISBN-13: 978-0812515916

Wooding, C.
The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray, ISBN-10: 0439598516, ISBN-13: 978-0439598514

Judson, Theodore
Fitzpatrick’s War, ISBN-10: 0756401968

Shadows Over Baker Street, ISBN-10: 0345452739, ISBN-13: 978-0345452733

Mann, George
The Affinity Bridge, ISBN: 978-1905005932

Peters, S.M.,
The Whitechapel Gods, ISBN-13: 978-0451461933

Hunt, Stephen,
The Court of the Air, ISBN-13: 978-0007232178

Non Science-Fiction Period Classics:

Wren, P.C.
Beau Geste, http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks06/0600231h.html

Mundy, T.

King of the Khyber Rifles, http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/6066

The “Yasmini” series, et al

The Four Feathers, http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/18883

The Prisoner of Zenda, http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/95

The Wake of the Red Witch, (not in print, not available as etext.

Non S.P. But Required Reading:

The Great Train Robbery, ISBN-10: 0060502304, ISBN-13: 978-0060502300

Carr, Caleb
The Alienist, ISBN-10: 0812976142 , ISBN-13: 978-0812976144
Angel of Darkness, ISBN-10: 0345427637, ISBN-13: 978-0345427632

Dickens, C.
Bleak House, http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/1023

Non Fiction:

Bettman, Otto
The Good Old Days – They Were Terrible!, ISBN-10: 0394709411, ISBN-13: 978-0394709413

Larson, Eric
Issac’s Storm, ISBN-10: 0375708278, ISBN-13: 978-0375708275
The Devil in the White City, ISBN-10: 0375725601, ISBN-13: 978-0375725609
Thunderstruck, ISBN-10: 1400080673, ISBN-13: 978-1400080670

Tuchman, Barbara
The Proud Tower: A Portrait of the World before the War, ISBN-10: 0345405013, ISBN-13: 978-0345405012

Lord, W.
A Night to Remember, ISBN-10: 0805077642

Pool, D.
What Jane Austen Ate and Charles Dickens Knew, ISBN-10: 0671882368

James, L.
Raj: The Making and Unmaking of British India, ISBN-10: 0312263821
ISBN-13: 978-0312263829

Standage, T.
The Victorian Internet: The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the
Nineteenth Century 's On-line Pioneers, ISBN-10: 0802716040
ISBN-13: 978-0802716040

Botting, D.
Dr Eckener's Dream Machine , ISBN-10: 0805064591, ISBN-13: 978-0805064599

Comics:League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Girl GeniusJe Suis LegionRuse
Five Fists of Science
Gotham by Gaslight


Basic Steam Locomotive Maintenance - D.C Buell

Fundamentals of the Steam Locomotive - 1949 Steam Locomotive Inspection - (current 49 CFR 230 gov't regs)

The Steam Locomotive - Ralph P. Johnson, M.E.

Costs of Running Steam Locomotives - 1921

Strength of Materials, Steam Boiler Design - C.B Lindstrom

Simple and Compound Steam Engines (1906)

Steam Engine Design (1983)

Non-condensing high pressure steam engines - S.Roper Ashley

Book of Knots

Manual of Seamanship for Boys and Seamen of the Royal Navy (1904)

Traditions of the Navy - Cedric Windas

The Young Sea Officer's Sheet Anchor - Darcy Lever (1885)

1800 Mechanical Movements and Devices – 1911
The Secrets of Rusty Things - Michael DeMeng


Period S.P. :

The Lost World (1925), http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0016039/
King Solomon’s mines (1937), http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0029081/
Metropolis (1927), http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0017136/
Dracula (1931), http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0021814/
Frankenstein (1931), http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0021884/
Bride of Frankenstein (1935), http://www.imdb.com/find?s=all&q=bride+of+frankenstein
Son of Frankenstein, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0031951/
The Invisible Man 1933, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0024184/
A Trip to the Moon (1902), http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0000417/

Non S.P. But Required Viewing (Period):

The Four Feathers (1939), http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0031334/
Prisoner of Zenda (1937), http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0031334/

Contemporary S.P.:

Young Frankenstein (1974), http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0031334/
The Assassination Bureau, ltd. (1969), http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064045/
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003), http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0311429/
The Prestige (2005), http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0482571/
The Wild Wild West (1999), http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120891/
Steamboy (2004), http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0348121/
Robot Carnival (1987), http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093871/
The Great Race (1965), http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059243/

Time After Time (1979), http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080025/

House of Wax (1953), http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0045888/
The Call of Cthulhu (2005), http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0478988/
The Mysterious Geographical Explorations of Jasper Morello (2005), http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0469146/
City of Lost Children (1995), http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112682/
Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (1965), http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059797/
The Mummy, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120616/

Non S.P. but required viewing (contemporary):

Khartoum (1966), http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060588/
The First Great Train Robbery (1979), http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079240/
Zulu (1964), http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058777/
Vidocq (2001), http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0164961/
The Man Who Would be King (1975), http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0073341/


The Wild Wild West (1965- 1969), http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058855/
The Adventures of Briscoe County Jr. (1993- 1994), http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0105932/
Q.E.D. (aka Mastermind) (1982), http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083468/
Steam Detectives (1998), http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0962742/

1 comment:

  1. I cant believe it. normally when they put those lists in the papers of 100 top literature you should have read by breakfast, I havent heard of most and havent read the rest, but your list ... I have read most of it. Not all of it is great of course but well done for the list. It is an excellent resource for us all.

    The young sea officers sheet anchor is a particular favourite of mine as I was a ships officer myself in my youth and the thought of having to master all that stuff whilst drinking green bilge water and eating rotten meat doesnt bear thinking about.