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Title:
The Steampunk user's manual : an illustrated practical and whimsical guide to creating retro-futurist dreams
Author:
Boskovich, Desirina, author.
Publication Information:
New York : Abrams Image, 2014.
Physical Description:
255 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Summary:
Steampunk, the retro-futuristic cultural movement, has become a substantial and permanent genre in the worlds of fantasy and science fiction. A large part of its appeal is that, at its core, Steampunk is about doing it yourself: building on the past while also innovating and creating something original. VanderMeer's latest book offers practical and inspirational guidance for readers to find their individual path into this realm. Including sections on art, fashion, architecture, crafts, music, performance, and storytelling, The Steampunk User's Manual provides a conceptual how-to guide that motivates and awes both the armchair enthusiast and the committed creator. Examples range from the utterly doable to the completely over-the-top, encouraging participation and imagination at all levels.
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
Added Author:
ISBN:
9781419708985
Format :
Book

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Summary

Steampunk, the retro-futuristic cultural movement, has become a substantial and permanent genre in the worlds of fantasy and science fiction. A large part of its appeal is that, at its core, Steampunk is about doing it yourself: building on the past while also innovating and creating something original. VanderMeer's latest book offers practical and inspirational guidance for readers to find their individual path into this realm. Including sections on art, fashion, architecture, crafts, music, performance, and storytelling, The Steampunk User's Manual provides a conceptual how-to guide that motivates and awes both the armchair enthusiast and the committed creator. Examples range from the utterly doable to the completely over-the-top, encouraging participation and imagination at all levels.


Author Notes

Jeffrey Scott VanderMeer was born in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania on July 7, 1968. He is an editor, writer, teacher, and publisher. He is the founding editor and publisher of the Ministry of Whimsy Press. He is the author of several books including City of Saints, Madmen, Finch, and The Southern Reach Trilogy. His novel Annihilation won the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 2014.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Library Journal Review

Sf author VanderMeer's first comprehensive work on steampunk, The Steampunk Bible, focused on the subgenre's culture, from its history and technology to the art, fashion, and music that is associated with the category. This new volume, with coauthor Boskovich (contributor to The Steampunk Bible), covers the same variety but this time emphasizes the creative aspect of the field by providing ample information for the DIY crowd. Detailed plans for producing many of the artifacts identified with steampunk are generously illustrated with colorful, voluminous photos of resourceful art and paraphernalia. Five chapters offer directions and advice for the aspiring steampunk artist, fashion designer, musician and performer, and/or potential author. Each section provides examples of professional work and guidance on how to enhance your flair for the genus. VERDICT Though the covers and layout of both titles are very alike, this volume adds to the earlier one with its concentration on the DIY audience. With an easy-to-browse format and an index for handy reference, this title will work in either the circulating or the reference collection. Deb West, Gannon Univ. Lib., Erie, PA (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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