Author(s): Paul Roland
What began in the late 1980s as an underground community of science fantasy aficionados with a fetish for Victoriana now pervades almost every aspect of popular culture from music and movies to comics and computer games. Steampunk is much more than a retro-futuristic fashion statement or a subgenre of science fiction. Author and musician Paul Roland traces the history of Steampunk, drawing on exclusive quotes from leading writers, artists, musicians and filmmakers in the field.
“Roland starts us with the origins of steampunk and its initial growth as an aspect of science fiction fandom, gives us insights into the creators, and takes a look at what steampunk is and isn’t. Roland is not only well versed in the subject, but is himself one of the pioneers in the realm of steampunk-themed music. This insight leads him to what he considers an axiom of steampunk: “The heart of Steampunk is subversion and invention. If it was no more than escapism, it wouldn’t have caught on as it has”.” Goodreads Reviewer – Ralph
Paul Roland is a former editor of "ZigZag "magazine; the author of more than 30 books including The Curious Case of H. P. Lovecraft," " The Dark History of the Occult," and" The Nazis and the Occult"; and a cult indie recording artist who was termed "the male Kate Bush" by Robyn Hitchcock.