Researching texts that might go well with Bernard Beckett’s Genesis (not steampunk itself), I came across Steampunk (what? yes well, apparently, “Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction, set in a world where steam power is still widely used – mostly the Victorian era – often with technology ahead of its time, or alternative technological paths to our world.  Although the genre came into prominence in the 1980s, early examples inclue The Time Machine by HG Wells and Jules Verne’s Work.[1]): 

– Fullmetal Alchemist series by Hiromu Arakawa [manga]

– Airman, Eoin Colfer (Penguin, 2007)

– Airborn, Kennerh Oppel (hachette, 2005)

– His Dark Materials trilogy, Philip Pullman

– Larklight, Philip Reeve, illus. David Wyatt (Bloomsbury, 2007) [note; for 9+]

– The Extraordinary and Unusual Adventures of Horatio Lyle, Catherine Webb (Little, Brown, 2007)

Also, check out the S-Collection blog on dystopian fiction

and possibly also of interest – the biography on Hiromu Arakawa (Hiromu Arakawa: A Brief Biography of the Genius Behind the “Fullmetal Alchemist” Series) By Christopher Wortzenspeigel

[1] Ref: p7 Storylines Booklist: Blinded by Science, May 2009,


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