Strap on your goggles, fasten your corset stays and get on board the zeppelin; it’s Carina Press Steampunk week!
Alright, confession time: did anyone read that last sentence and think…huh? Hey, it’s alright. We were all newbies once. Hopefully if you read the Harlequin Blog regularly you’ve heard the name Carina Press. It’s our digital-only (and in some cases digital first, like in Shirley Wells‘s and J. Wachowski’s) imprint. Executive Editor Angela James picks some of the hottest names in new and upcoming genre fiction and puts it right into your hot little mits each month.
This week in particular Carina Press is releasing four brand new Steampunk novels.
What is Steampunk?
Glad you asked! Steampunk is a hybrid of historical and science fiction. While there are many characteristics of Steampunk fiction, the major ones tend to be alternate realities that are based on real historical places such as New York or London, steam-powered or clockwork mechanical technology, dystopic societies with distinct class-structures, and…zeppelins. Don’t ask me why the zeppelin made it and the airplane didn’t. It’s an alternate universe! All facets of a world can be tailored to suit the Steampunk genre: from the setting to the architecture, right down to the clothing and speech of a character.
The most intriguing thing about Steampunk is that it is a type of genre that you can find elements of in movies, books, visual art, graphic novels, music, and even interior design and fashion. Have a look at some of the variety of places you can find Steampunk. Before you know it, you’ll begin to see it everywhere!
The term has been around for ages–largely embraced in underground pop culture. Some believe the first real evidence of Steampunk began with Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. It’s gaining popularity rapidly among readers these days as the caliber of fiction continues to rise. We’re hoping the Carina Press releases only serve to raise the bar even further.
This week we’ll have authors Christine Bell, Marie Hart, Cindy Spencer Pape and Crista McHugh on the Harlequin Blog to discuss their new releases. Stop by each day for a new blog post to learn more about this intriguing genre!