Steampunk: Back to the Future with the New Victorians

Author(s): Paul Roland

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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.


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“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

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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.

General Fields

  • : 9781843442493
  • : Oldcastle Books, Limited
  • : Oldcastle Books, Limited
  • : July 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paul Roland
  • : Paperback
  • : 192