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The Steampunk Adventurer's Guide: Contraptions, Creations, and Curiosities Anyone Can Make by Thomas Willeford

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A Foreword of Sorts—All Sorts

It wasn’t always called Steampunk. It may have been referred to as “Victorian Fantasies” or “Jules Verne Technologies” or “HG Wells Horsing Around” (ok, I made that last one up). The point is, that at about the time the expression was coined, Thomas Willeford had already been in the Steampunk business. He had been designing and building great stuff, in the Steampunk style.

It’s a style of designing a science fiction future with late 19th-century technology. I’ve always been a fan of the earliest science fiction, or “scientific romances” as they were called back then. The works of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells, these were the great pioneers of imagination. Wells particularly fascinates me—he invented so many themes ...

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