STEAMPUNK (and Associated Fantastical Anachronisms) publishing Jul-Dec 15!

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Ah Steampunk – and the singular allure of Victoriana with added steam, cogs and fantastical contrivances. What’s that sir / madam? You’d like a 6 month overview of the literary diversions of the very same and associated anachronistic, retro-futuristic fiction? Well you’ve come to the right place!
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We have many fine articles for your perusal here after, but it seems you’ve landed on the very one you’re looking for: read on!

* Pub Author ISBN Bind RRP Publisher Series Vol
CB - Reb - Jul - Iron and Blood
IRON AND BLOOD
Jul
Gail Z. Martin and Larry Martin
9781781083109
PB
£7.99
Solaris
 
 
New Pittsburgh in 1898, a crucible of invention and intrigue, the hub of American industry at the height of its steam-driven power.
Born from the ashes of devastating fire, flood and earthquake, New Pittsburgh is ruled by the shadow government of The Oligarchy. In the abandoned mine tunnels beneath the city, supernatural creatures hide from the light, emerging to feed in the smoky city known as ‘hell with the lid off.’ Jake Desmet and Rick Brand, heirs to the Brand & Desmet Import Company, travel the world to secure treasures and unusual items for the collections of wealthy patrons, accompanied by Jake’s cousin, Veronique ‘Nicki’ LeClercq .
Smuggling a small package as a favor for a Polish witch should have been easy. But when hired killers come after Jake and a Ripper-style killer leaves the city awash in blood, Jake, Rick and Nicki realize that dark magic, vampire power struggles and industrial sabotage are just a prelude to a bigger plot that threatens New Pittsburgh and the world. Stopping that plot will require every ounce of Jake’s courage, every bit of Rick’s cunning, every scintilla of Nicki’s bravura and all the steampowered innovation imaginable.
CB - AR - Jul - Cities and Thrones
CITIES & THRONES
Jul
Carrie Patel
9780857665522
PB
£8.99
Angry Robot
The Recolleta Series
2
The brilliant sequel to The Buried Life for fans of Cherie Priest and China Miéville.
In the fantastical, gaslit underground city of Recolleta, Oligarchs from foreign states and revolutionaries from the farming communes vie for power in the wake of the city’s coup. The dark, forbidden knowledge of how the city came to be founded has been released into the world for all to read, and now someone must pay.
Inspector Liesl Malone is on her toes, trying to keep the peace, and Arnault’s spy ring is more active than ever. Has the city’s increased access to knowledge put the citizens in even more danger? Allegiances change, long-held beliefs are adjusted, and things are about to get messy!”
CG - Bo - Jul - Clockwork Angels
RUSH’S CLOCKWORK ANGELS
Jul
Kevin J. Anderson, Nick Robles, Neil Peart
9781608863686
PB
14.99
Boom!
   
The graphic novel adaptation of the unprecedented concept album and novel from the multi-platinum, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame music legends RUSH and NY Times Bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson!
Owen Hardy, like all the people of Albion, has lived his whole life under the rule of The Watchmaker. His entire life has been planned down to the exact second. But what happens when a young boy decides that things should not always goes as planned?
Rush s CLOCKWORK ANGELS is a testament to the band s creative versatility it has been successful as a concept album, novel, and international tour. Now, Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart and New York Times bestselling author Kevin J. Anderson are bringing the story of CLOCKWORK ANGELS to comics, where newcomer artist Nick Robles will bring the journey of Owen Hardy to visual life! Die-hard Rush fans have longed for Peart s narrative songwriting to be adapted into comic book form for decades, but fans of steampunk fantasy will enjoy journeying into the world of Albion thanks to Anderson s skilled storytelling.
Collects the complete story originally published in CLOCKWORK ANGELS #1-#6.”
CBP B - Revelations
REVELATIONS
Jul
Paul Jenkins, Humberto Ramos
9781608864607
PB
10.99
Boom!
   
The beautiful work of Humberto Ramos unfolds a story of religion, atheism, murder, and mystery, as told by Paul Jenkins. Fans of BBCs Sherlock and Luther will not want to miss this tale of corruption through the eyes of an outsider.A potential successor to the dying pope is killed at the Vatican. Long-time atheist and hard-edged London detective, Charlie Northern, is put on the case by a Vatican priest, and long forgotten friend.
CB - SB - Aug - The Martian Falcon
THE MARTIAN FALCON
Aug
Alan K Baker
9781909679481
PB
7.99
Snowbooks
 
NEW YORK, 1925 A city that never was. A world that never was. At least in our universe…
A place where upway trains glide between the skyscrapers and the subway system has long been abandoned to the hideous creatures that dwell beneath the Earth’s surface. A place where Cavorite-powered aircraft soar among the clouds, watched by the sky beasts that inhabit the upper atmosphere. A place where the supernatural is real, and the organised crime of New York is run by Johnny Sanguine, the Vampire King of Brooklyn. Humanity’s first expedition to Mars has ended with the triumphant return of Rocketship X-M, bearing priceless artefacts from a long-dead civilisation.
When the obsidian statuette known as the Martian Falcon is stolen from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Al Capone, the cybernetically-enhanced “Diesel-powered Gangster”, is in the frame for the heist. Capone, however, is innocent (for once), and suspects that the Falcon was stolen by Johnny Sanguine in an effort to move in on his Chicago territory. To prove it, Capone enlists the unwilling help of Charles Fort, private investigator and anomalist.
Fort uncovers something far more dangerous than an impending turf war between two gangsters: he uncovers a mystery that stretches back five million years to the destruction of the ancient Martian civilisation, and a timeless evil that could put an end to all life on Earth. One thing’s for certain: Fort has his work cut out trying to prove Capone’s innocence while staying out of the firing line of Sanguine and his vampires. Now may not have been the best time to take on a new research assistant, a struggling writer by the name of H. P. Lovecraft…
Welcome to a yesterday that never was. Welcome to the world of LOVECRAFT & FORT PRIVATE INVESTIGATORS
CB - AR - Aug - The Contrary Effect of the Butterfly Girl
CONTRARY TALE OF THE BUTTERFLY GIRL
Aug
Ishbelle Bee
9780857664440
PB
£8.99
Angry Robot
The Peculiar Adventures of John Loveheart Esq,
2
The enchanting sequel to The Singular and Extraordinary Tale of Mirror and Goliath.
Two orphans, Pedrock and Boo Boo, are sent to live in the sinister village of Darkwound. There they meet and befriend the magical and dangerous Mr Loveheart and his neighbour Professor Hummingbird, a recluse who collects rare butterflies. Little do they know that Professor Hummingbird has attracted the wrath of a demon named Mr Angel-Cakes.
One night, Mr Angel-Cakes visits Boo Boo and carves a butterfly onto her back. Boo Boo starts to metamorphose into a butterfly/human hybrid, and is kidnapped by Professor Hummingbird. When Mr Loveheart attempts to rescue her with the aid of Detective White and Constable Walnut, they are turned into butterflies.
Caught between Professor Hummingbird and the demon Angel-Cakes, Loveheart finds himself entangled in a web much wider and darker than he could have imagined, and a plot that leads him right to the Prime Minister and Queen Victoria herself…
CB - DR - Aug - Return of the Discontinued Man
THE RETURN OF THE DISCONTINUED MAN
Aug
Mark Hodder
9780091950668
PB
£8.99
Del Rey
Burton & Swinburne
5
Burton and Swinburne return in a new wildly imaginative steampunk adventure, and this time they’re facing their greatest foe…
Leicester Square, London. Blood red snow falls from the sky and a strange creature, disorientated and apparently insane, materialises out of thin air. Spring Heeled Jack has returned, and he is intent on one thing: hunting Sir Richard Francis Burton.
Burton is experiencing one hallucination after another; visions of parallel realities and future history plague his every thought. These send him, and his companions, on an unimaginable expedition – a voyage through time itself…
Read an extract of The Return of the Discontinued Man on Carabas here!
CG - Titan - Aug - Ring of Roses
RING OF ROSES
Aug
Das Petrou, John Watkiss
9781782760016
HB
16.99
Titan Comics
 
The Thinking Reader’s Da Vinci Code…London, 1991. But not the London you may be familiar with. Imagine an England under Catholic rule – a rule so iron-fisted that science and technology has been set back decades. “Ring of Roses is a fascinating piece of comics art. If you can penetrate the book’s complexity, there is a lot to digest and think about.” (Comics Bulletin).
Check out our preview of Ring of Roses on Carabas here!
CB - SB - Sep - Gideon Smith and the Mask of the Ripper
GIDEON SMITH AND THE MASK OF THE RIPPER
Sep
David Barnett
9781909679559
PB
7.99
Snowbooks
3
In book three of this acclaimed Steampunk series, the action moves back to London, and the seedy underworld of the capital of the British Empire. One character is arrested on a murder charge and faces the death penalty, another is cast adrift in London’s underbelly shorn of their memory. There will be old secrets the British Empire thought long dead coming back to cause problems, and London itself is set to stand on the brink of anarchy.
CB - Or - Sep - The Aeronaut's Windlass
THE AERONAUT’S WINDLASS
Sep
Jim Butcher
9780356503653
HB
£18.99
Orbit
   
Jim Butcher, the #1 New York Times and #1 Sunday Times bestselling author of The Dresden Files, conjures up a new series set in a fantastic world of noble families, steam-powered technology, and magic-wielding warriors . . .
Since time immemorial, the Spires have sheltered humanity, towering for miles over the mist-shrouded surface of the world. Within their halls, aristocratic houses have ruled for generations, developing scientific marvels, fostering trade alliances, and building fleets of airships to keep the peace.
Captain Grimm commands the merchant ship, Predator. Fiercely loyal to Spire Albion, he has taken their side in the cold war with Spire Aurora, disrupting the enemy’s shipping lines by attacking their cargo vessels. But when the Predator is severely damaged in combat, leaving captain and crew grounded, Grimm is offered a proposition from the Spirearch of Albion-to join a team of agents on a vital mission in exchange for fully restoring Predator to its fighting glory.
And even as Grimm undertakes this dangerous task, he will learn that the conflict between the Spires is merely a premonition of things to come. Humanity’s ancient enemy, silent for more than ten thousand years, has begun to stir once more. And death will follow in its wake.
Search Carabas for recommends and other articles featuring Jim Butcher here…
CB - Titan - Oct - The Lazarus Gate
THE LAZARUS GATE
Oct
Mark A. Latham
9781783296804
PB
£7.99
Titan Books
The Apollonian Case Files
1
London, 1890. Captain John Hardwick, an embittered army veteran and opium addict, is released from captivity in Burma and returns home, only to be recruited by a mysterious gentlemen s club to combat a supernatural threat to the British Empire. This is the tale of a secret war between parallel universes, between reality and the supernatural; a war waged relentlessly by an elite group of agents; unsung heroes, whose efforts can never be acknowledged, but by whose sacrifice we are all kept safe.
CB - DR - Aug - The Rise of the Automated Aristocrats
THE RISE OF THE AUTOMATED ARISTOCRATS
Nov
Mark Hodder
9780091950682
PB
£8.99
Del Rey
Burton & Swinburne
6
Burton and Swinburne return for their final thrilling adventure!
Sir Richard Francis Burton’s expedition has returned from the future, bringing with it knowledge of technologies which must remain secret for history to follow its natural course. Betrayed by one of their own, Burton and Swinburne watch in horror as the Empire’s elite use this knowledge to secure their positions for all eternity, branding any who oppose them as enemies of the State. Can their band of hunted revolutionaries overthrow the ultimate automated autocrat – their King?
CG - Nov - Steampunk Battlestar Galactica 1880 reduced
STEAMPUNK BATTLESTAR GALACTICA 1880
Nov
Tony Lee, Aneke
971606907580
PB
£11.99
Dynamite Comics
 
New York Times bestselling author Tony Lee reimagines the classic Battlestar Galactica concept and characters with a Victorian aesthetic and Industrial Age metalworks!
When the colonial world of Caprica is destroyed by Professor Baltar’s clockwork army of city-trampling Cyclonics, Archduke Adama of the Aethership Galactica takes to the skies… choosing the survival of the human race over the rescue of his captive son, Apollo. Disobeying orders and striking out on her own, Lady Athena seeks to free her kidnapped brother with the help of the runaway pilot, Captain Starbuck, and his humanoid Daggit copilot, Muffit… if only they can withstand an assault by vengeful Sky Pirates!
Will the ironclad ships and daring spacefarers of this Steampunk universe endure the mechanical menace of the Cyclonics?
CB - To - Oct - The Masked City
THE MASKED CITY
Dec
Genevieve Cogman
9781447256250
PB
£7.99
Tor
 
2
This is a wonderful read for all those who enjoyed Mr Penumbra’s 24 hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, Jasper Fford’s The Eyre Affair or Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London.
Librarian-spy Irene is working undercover in an alternative London when her assistant Kai goes missing. She discovers he’s been kidnapped by the fae faction and the repercussions could be fatal. Not just for Kai, but for whole worlds.
Kai’s dragon heritage means he has powerful allies, but also powerful enemies in the form of the fae. With this act of aggression, the fae are determined to trigger a war between their people – and the forces of order and chaos themselves.
Irene’s mission to save Kai and avert Armageddon will take her to a dark, alternate Venice where it’s always Carnival. Here Irene will be forced to blackmail, fast talk, and fight. Or face death.
CBP - HV - Oct - The Devious Dr Jekyll
THE DEVIOUS DR JEKYLL
Dec
Viola Carr
9780062363107
PB
£9.99
Harper Voyager
Electric Empire
2
Dr. Eliza Jekyll, heroine of the electrifying The Diabolical Miss Hyde—an edgy steampunk retelling of the classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde—investigates a bizarre murder case in an alternate Victorian London while battling her treacherous secret half: Lizzie Hyde.
Solving the infamous Chopper case has helped crime scene physician Dr. Eliza Jekyll establish her fledgling career in the chauvinistic world of Victorian law enforcement. But the scrutiny that comes with her newfound fame is unwelcome for a woman with a diabolical secret. And there is the mercurial Royal Society agent and wolf man Remy Lafayette. Does he want to marry her, eat her, or burn her at the stake? Though Eliza is uncertain about Remy, her dark and jealous shadow self, Lizzie, wants to steal the magnetic and persistent agent, and usurp Eliza’s life.
It’s impossible to push Remy away when he tempts her with the one thing she can’t resist: a bizarre crime. The search for a bloodthirsty ritual torturer dubbed the Pentacle Killer draws them into a terrifying world of spies, art thieves, and evil alchemy, where the price of immortality is madness—or damnation—and only Lizzie’s dark ingenuity can help Eliza survive.
As Eliza and Remy race to thwart a foul conspiracy involving the sorcerous French, they must also overcome a sinister enemy who is all too close: the vengeful Lizzie, determined to dispose of Eliza for good.
CB - Reb - Dec - The Ulysses Quicksilver Omnibus V2
THE ULYSSES QUICKSILVER OMNIBUS, VOLUME 2
Dec
Jonathan Green
9781781083833
PB
£11.99
Abaddon
Ulysses Quicksilver Omnibus
2
In his ongoing adventures in the services of the Empire, Ulysses Quicksilver – hero and dandy – is increasingly confronted with the darkness at the heart of Britannia. This worthy tome collects three tales of desperation:
Evolution Expects: After more than 150 years as the supreme power on the planet, the British Empire has become stagnant and corrupt. The new Prime Minister, Devlin Valentine, promises change, but there are those who lack the patience for politics. With a dangerous vigilante stalking the streets, a monster on the loose in the East End and rival gangs fighting for control, there may be nothing Ulysses – trapped in the notorious Bedlam Hospital – can do to prevent a catastrophic metamorphosis!
Blood Royal: With the city, and the Empire, reeling from the transformations of a month before, a twisted new religion rises from the devastation. In the meantime, in Europe, the spectre of war rears its ugly head; and rumours hint at monsters, things of myth, on both sides. Ulysses Quicksilver, fighting for peace and for reason – for civilisation itself – follows a path that leads him from the shattered streets of London to the icy wastes at the heart of a dark and bloody empire.
Dark Side: Searching for his missing brother Barty, Ulysses heads to the British Lunar colonies. The trail leads him and his faithful butler into the path of unsolved murders, battling robots, shady millionaires and uncanny inventions. Stalled when he ends up on the wrong side of Lunar law and hunted by a mysterious eyepatch-wearing stranger, the dandy adventurer will uncover, in a secret base on the dark side of the moon, truths that will challenge everything he knew about Britannia…
CB - Ho - Dec - The Rising
THE RISING
Dec
Ian Tregillis
9780356502335
PB
£8.99
Orbit
 
2
Following The Mechanical comes the second novel in this thrilling and heart-breaking new series about one individual’s struggle for freedom – perfect for fans of Paolo Bacigalupi, Ann Leckie and Neal Stephenson. It is a series poised to catapult Ian Tregillis into the company of the most exceptionally talented, award-worthy authors of the science fiction and fantasy genre. George R. R. Martin called Ian Tregillis “a major new talent.”
They called me Jax.
That was the name given by those who built and enslaved me. But a miracle has happened, and now my bonds are broken.
I must flee – because to be free is to be dangerous.
But I will not run forever.
Set in a world that might have been, of mechanical men and alchemical dreams, this is the second novel in a stunning new series by Ian Tregillis, confirming his place as one of the most original new voices in speculative fiction.
PRAISE FOR IAN TREGILLIS
‘A major new talent’ George R. R. Martin
‘Tremendous’ Cory Doctorow
‘Addictively brilliant’ i09
‘Exciting and intense’ Publishers Weekly
‘Eloquent and utterly compelling’ Kirkus”

 

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You might also be interested in:

Our round-up of another favourite subgenre over July to December 15, URBAN FANTASY!

More STEAMPUNK titles on our Jan-Jun 15 Steampunk Books Page!

…our coverage of the steampunk panels at Loncon 3

http://carabas.co.uk/loncon3-the-steampunk-literature-panel/

http://carabas.co.uk/loncon3-second-steampunk-panel/

 

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…and our top picks of the year across all fantastical and speculative subgenres on these pages:

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