I'm Looking for some good recommendations for steam punk - any ideas? its not a genre i know but i think it has potential.Start with "The Difference Engine" by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling. Can't get better steampunk than that IMO
Thanks - I think thats been recommended to me before, but by a woman who also like jackie collins so it didn't make its way onto my xmas list. But as it has an independed recommendation from you keep i shall give it a go... isn't this the book that is recognised to be the "first" in the genre? a bit like Neuromancer was the "first" in the cyberpunk genre?
I can see why that might make you hesitate. I believe it is the first in the genre to hit the big time, effectively defining the genre. But there are a whole load of similar novels and short stories, dating back into the 19th century that have been retroactively put into Steampunk.
Its on the edge of the steampunk/alternate history genres, but I'd also recommend the collection of short stories assembed by Michael Morcock entitled "England Invaded", if you can find a copy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/England_Invaded