The Steampunk User’s Manual


The Steampunk User's Manual

The SteampunkUser’s Manual: An Illustrated Practical and Whimsical Guide to Creating Retro-futurist Dreams by Jeff VanderMeer & Desirina Boskovich

“Including sections on art, fashion, architecture, crafts, music, performance, and storytelling, The Steampunk User’s Manual provides a conceptual how-to guide that motivates and awes both the armchair enthusiast and the committed creator. Examples range from the utterly doable to the completely over-the-top, encouraging participation and imagination at all levels.”
Oct 7, 2014
Abrams Image
Hardcover, 256 pages

“VanderMeer and co-editor Desirina Boskovich have packed their book with hands-on exercises and practical tips to help readers—steampunk fanatics and utter newbies alike—be more than passive consumers.” (Entertainment Weekly)

“This new volume, with coauthor Boskovich (contributor to The Steampunk Bible), covers the same variety but this time emphasizes the creative aspect of the field by providing ample information for the DIY crowd. Detailed plans for producing many of the artifacts identified with steampunk are generously illustrated with colorful, voluminous photos of resourceful art and paraphernalia.” (Library Journal)

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A few of my favorite spreads from the book…

Related links…

The Steampunk Bible  (plus some cool bonus content for The Steampunk User’s Manual)

7 Reasons Why Steampunk Is Totally “Now”  (me @ HuffPo)

A Discussion on The Steampunk User’s Manual (me & Diana M. Pho for