Steampunk (Juvenile, Young Adult, and Adult)

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Try Some STEAMPUNK ... a list of books for every age

This list contains fiction and nonfiction, suitable for various age and reading levels.

Many of the books in the “Teen” section are often enjoyed by adults.

A printable pdf of this booklist is available here (5/2011)

What is Steampunk?

Steampunk combines nostalgia for Victorian aesthetics with creative technology to create a genre of science fiction literature that has influenced movies, television, fashion, and design.

Steampunkers are Makers, embracing a do-it-yourself philosophy and crafting items & clothing from found gears, clockworks, metals, etc. Stories are often speculative fiction or alternate histories which use steam and clockwork technology to emulate modern electronics; using the palette of brass and wood instead of chrome and plastic. Other touchwords include retro-futurism, neo-Victorian, and techno-fantasy. Related genres are weird west, cyberpunk and gaslamp fantasy/romance, among others.

The titles in this list come from the JMRL collection and inhabit many of these sub-genres and more, all touching on various aspects of the steampunk aesthetic. Check them out and visit a world where the future meets the past! --Mdickens 14:14, 14 May 2011 (EDT)


said to influence the genre


followed by Seeing Redd and ArchEnemy
The Society of Unrelenting Vigilance
The Society of Dread
The Cabinet of Wonders
The Celestial Globe


appealing to a steampunk aesthetic


Note: another JMRL wiki article exists solely for YA steampunk reads, Steampunk (Young Adult), and contains some annotations.

  • Clockwork Angel, by Cassandra Clare. YA Clare
  • Airman, by Eoin Colfer. YA Colfer
  • The Foundling’s Tale (series), by D. M. Cornish. YA Cornish
The Foundling
followed by Sapphique
  • Airborn, by Kenneth Oppel. YA Oppel
followed by Skybreaker and Starclimber
followed by The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass
  • The Hungry City Chronicles, by Philip Reeve YA Reeve
Mortal Engines
Predator’s Gold
Infernal Devices
A Darkling Plain
Fever Crumb (prequel)
followed by Starcross and Mothstorm
followed by The Dark Deeps
  • Leviathan, by Scott Westerfeld. YA Westerfeld
followed by Behemoth


  • Novels of The Company, by Kage Baker SF Baker
In the Garden of Iden
Sky Coyote
Mendoza in Hollywood
The Graveyard Game
Perdido Street Station
The Scar
Iron Council



Vol. 1 – Enter the Detective
Vol. 2 – The Silent Partner