The steampunk genre incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery. Steampunk books and movies are often set in an alternative history or in a future during which steam power has maintained mainstream usage, or in a fantasy world that similarly employs steam power.

  • Leviathan

    In an alternate 1914 Europe, fifteen-year-old Austrian Prince Alek, on the run from the Clanker Powers who are attempting to take over the globe using mechanical machinery, forms an uneasy alliance with Deryn who, disguised as a boy to join the British Air Service, is learning to fly genetically-engineered beasts.

  • Prudence

    Twenty-year-old Prudence "Rue" Akeldama and her friends journey in a gaudy dirigible to India in search of a superior type of tea for her adoptive father, a wealthy vampire, only to run headfirst into danger, intrigue, and local politics.

  • Perdido Street Station

    A magnificent fantasy rife with scientific splendor, magical intrigue, and wonderfully realized characters, told in a storytelling style in which Charles Dickens meets Neal Stephenson, Perdido Street Station offers an eerie, voluptuously crafted world that will plumb the depths of every reader's imagination.

  • Dreadnought

    Mercy Lynch is just a frustrated nurse who wants to see her father before he dies. But she'll have to survive both Union intrigue and Confederate opposition if she wants to make it off the Union-opera ted, Tacoma-bound "Dreadnought" alive.

  • Clockwork Angel

    When sixteen-year-old orphan Tessa Gray's older brother suddenly vanishes, her search for him leads her into Victorian-era London's dangerous supernatural underworld, and when she discovers that she herself is a Downworlder, she must learn to trust the demon-killing Shadowhunters if she ever wants to learn to control her powers and find her brother.

  • The Golden Compass

    Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North.

  • The Aeronaut's Windlass

    An ancient evil has reawakened, and the entire world is plunged into a sinister mist, filled with terrible creatures.

  • Fullmetal Alchemist

    As young boys, Edward & Alphonse Elric dabbled in alchemy to try to resurrect their dead mother. As a result, Ed lost one arm and one leg, while Al lost his entire body and had his spirit sealed into a suit of armor. Now, they are searching for the fabled Philosopher's Stone to restore what they've lost.

  • Etiquette & Espionage

    In an alternate England of 1851, spirited fourteen-year-old Sophronia is enrolled in a finishing school where, she is surprised to learn, lessons include not only the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also diversion, deceit, and espionage.

  • Incarceron

    To free herself from an upcoming arranged marriage, Claudia, the daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, a futuristic prison with a mind of its own, decides to help a young prisoner escape.

  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 1

    In this amazingly imaginative tale, literary figures from throughout time and various bodies of work are brought together to face any and all threats to Britain.

  • Wild Wild West

    Special agent James West and fellow agent and crackerjack inventor Artemus Gordon team up on a daring assignment to stop legless Dr. Arliss Loveless and his diabolical plot for a Disunited States of America.

  • Penny Dreadful

    The people of Victorian London unite to combat supernatural threats from some of literature's most terrifying creatures.

  • Van Helsing

    Legendary 19th-century monster hunter Van Helsing is sent to mysterious Transylvania to battle the evil Dracula is trying to release with the unwilling help of Frankenstein's monster and a wolf-man.

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