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Alt History / Steampunk

I love Alternate History books. Love, love, love. Because…

Why, I cannot tell you NOW. Not when, as announced by Leila at Bookshelves of Doom,for the entire week of December 13th, we’re going to celebrate and discuss — and we, of course, invite and encourage you to do the same — Alt History and Steampunk novels. (We’re mostly focusing on the YAs, but I suspect we’ll do some branching out — there’re a TON of adult titles, and loads of those have insanely excellent crossover potential.)”

Leila is having a contest as part of the celebration! Nutshell, design a better book cover. Full details are at her blog.

Basically, alternate history is fiction where something has changed in the historical timeline. Steampunk is a particular subset of this genre.

If you want to read a whole lot more about it, as prep for what you want to post about the week of December 13, check out this post at Tor by GD Falksen:steampunk is Victorian science fiction. Here “Victorian” is not meant to indicate a specific culture, but rather references a time period and an aesthetic: the industrialized 19th century.” And if you want to read even more, here is Scott Westerfeld talking about it in Genre Cooties.

Image from Finding Wonderland.

About Elizabeth Burns

Looking for a place to talk about young adult books? Pull up a chair, have a cup of tea, and let's chat. I am a New Jersey librarian. My opinions do not reflect those of my employer, SLJ, YALSA, or anyone else. On Twitter I'm @LizB; my email is


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