The Bay Area Steampunk Society Book Club

The Bay Area Steampunk Society Book Club
 

The Steampunk community is expanding and growing, and as with all communities, there is a part of it dedicated to literature. Steampunk literature is a science fiction genre built of many aspects and themes including Victorian Society, technology, alternative realities, and much more. Steampunk literature doesn't just consist of modern contemporary fantasy books, but dates back as far as books written by Jules Verne and H.G. Wells. Within the genre are many other books that play on themes such as mystery, adventure, and so much more. 

In this spirit, the Bay Area Steampunk Society Book Club is dedicated to the sharing and enjoyment of Steampunk themed books.  

Meets on the 3rd Saturday every other month

at 4:00pm 

Books Inc. in Alameda

1344 Park St.

 

Raising Steam (Hardcover)

$26.95
ISBN-13: 9780385538268
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Doubleday, 3/2014
June 2014 Selection: A "NEW YORK TIMES "BESTSELLER
Steam is rising over Discworld, driven by Mister Simnel, the man with a flat cap and a sliding rule. He has produced a great clanging monster of a machine that harnesses the power of all of the elements--earth, air, fire, and water--and it's soon drawing astonished crowds.
To the consternation of Ankh-Morpork's formidable Patrician, Lord Vetinari, no one is in charge of this new invention. This needs to be rectified, and who better than the man he has already appointed master of the Post Office, the Mint, and the Royal Bank: Moist von Lipwig. Moist is not a man who enjoys hard work--unless it is dependent on words, which are not very heavy and don't always need greasing. He does enjoy being alive, however, which makes a new job offer from Vetinari hard to refuse.
Moist will have to grapple with gallons of grease, goblins, a fat controller with a history of throwing employees down the stairs, and some very angry dwarfs if he's going to stop it all from going off the rails . . .

Leviathan (Paperback)

$9.99
ISBN-13: 9781416971740
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Simon Pulse, 9/2010
April 2014 Selection: It is the cusp of World War I. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The British Darwinists employ genetically fabricated animals as their weaponry. Their "Leviathan" is a whale airship, and the most masterful beast in the British fleet.
Aleksandar Ferdinand, a Clanker, and Deryn Sharp, a Darwinist, are on opposite sides of the war. But their paths cross in the most unexpected way, taking them both aboard the Leviathan on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure....One that will change both their lives forever.

The Windup Girl (Paperback)

$14.95
ISBN-13: 9781597801584
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Night Shade Books, 5/2010
March 2014 Selection: Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko. Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman, but now abandoned to the streets of Bangkok. Regarded as soulless beings by some, devils by others, New People are slaves, soldiers, and toys of the rich in a chilling near future in which calorie companies rule the world, the oil age has passed, and the side effects of bio-engineered plagues run rampant across the globe. What Happens when calories become currency? What happens when bio-terrorism becomes a tool for corporate profits, when said bio-terrorism's genetic drift forces mankind to the cusp of post-human evolution? In The Windup Girl, award-winning author Paolo Bacigalupi returns to the world of "The Calorie Man" (Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award-winner, Hugo Award nominee, 2006) and "Yellow Card Man" (Hugo Award nominee, 2007) in order to address these poignant questions.