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List of famous steampunk books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular steampunk books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best steampunk novels, textbooks, and stories, so use it to find books you haven't already read and add them to your reading list.

Books on this list include Northern Lights and The Anubis Gates.

This list should answer the questions, "What are the best steampunk books?" and "What are the most famous steampunk books?"

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A Darkling Plain is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Steampunk Books and Novels
Philip Reeve A Darkling Plain is the fourth and final novel in the Mortal Engines Quartet series written by author Philip Reeve. The novel won the 2006 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and the 2007 Los ...more

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A Web of Air is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Steampunk Books and Novels
Philip Reeve A Web of Air is a young adult post-apocalyptic science fiction novel by Philip Reeve. The sequel to Fever Crumb, it is the second book in the Mortal Engines Quartet prequel series. It was ...more

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Airborn is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Steampunk Books and Novels
Kenneth Oppel Airborn is a 2004 young adult novel by Kenneth Oppel. The book won the Canada's Governor General's Award. Airborn is set in a time where the primary form of air transportation is the airship. ...more

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Almanac of the Endless Traders is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Steampunk Books and Novels

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Android Karenina is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Steampunk Books and Novels
Leo Tolstoy, Ben H. Winters Android Karenina is a 2010 parody novel written by Ben H. Winters and based on Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. The novel is a mashup, adding steampunk elements to the Russian 19th-century ...more

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Automated Alice is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Steampunk Books and Novels
Jeff Noon Automated Alice is a fantasy novel by British author Jeff Noon, first published in 1996. The book follows Alice's travels to a future Manchester city populated by Newmonians, Civil Serpents and ...more

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Behemoth is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Steampunk Books and Novels
Scott Westerfeld Behemoth is a novel written by Scott Westerfeld. The book is the second installment in the Leviathan series. It picks up where Leviathan ends. It was published on October 5, 2010. As with ...more

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Blameless is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Steampunk Books and Novels
Gail Carriger Blameless is a steampunk paranormal romance novel by Gail Carriger. First published in September 2010 by Orbit Books, Blameless is the third book in a projected five-novel "The Parasol ...more

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Captain Nemo: The Fantastic Hi... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Steampunk Books and Novels
Kevin J. Anderson The novel follows Verne and André Nemo from their childhoods. Verne is depicted as being a sheltered, almost neurotic individual who is incapable of taking risks, while Nemo is ...more

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Changeless is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Steampunk Books and Novels
Gail Carriger Changeless is a steampunk paranormal romance novel by Gail Carriger. First published in April 2010 by Orbit Books, Changeless is the second book in a projected five-novel "The Parasol ...more

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DragonMech is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Steampunk Books and Novels

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Fantomas contra los vampiros m... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Steampunk Books and Novels
Julio Cortázar Fantomas contra los vampiros multinacionales is a comic book by Julio Cortázar published in 1975. The book mimics film noir-style comic book stories with speculative fiction to expound ...more

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Fever Crumb is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Steampunk Books and Novels
Philip Reeve Fever Crumb is a young adult post-apocalyptic science fiction novel by Philip Reeve, published in 2009. A sequel called A Web of Air was published in April 2010. Both are prequels to the Mortal ...more

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Goliath is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Steampunk Books and Novels
Scott Westerfeld Goliath Steampunk novel by Scott Westerfeld, most of 55 chapters with grey-shaded sketches by Keith Thompson, concludes Leviathan series after Behemoth. Prince Aleksander, secret heir to ...more

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Heartless is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Steampunk Books and Novels
Gail Carriger Heartless is a steampunk paranormal romance novel by Gail Carriger. Released on June 28, 2011, by Orbit Books, Heartless is the fourth book in the New York Times best-selling "The Parasol ...more

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Hungry City Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Steampunk Books and Novels
Philip Reeve Predator Cities is the title of a tetralogy, sometimes called the Predator Cities Quartet, consisting of four novels, Mortal Engines, Predator's Gold, Infernal Devices, and A Darkling Plain, ...more

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Infernal Devices is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Steampunk Books and Novels
Philip Reeve Infernal Devices is the third of four novels in Philip Reeve's children's series, the Mortal Engines Quartet.

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Infernal Devices: A Mad Victor... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Steampunk Books and Novels
K. W. Jeter Infernal Devices is a steampunk novel by K. W. Jeter, published in 1987. The novel was republished in 2011 by Angry Robot Books with a new introduction by the author, cover art by John ...more

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Iron Council is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Steampunk Books and Novels
China Miéville Iron Council is China Miéville's fourth novel and his third set in the Bas-Lag universe, following Perdido Street Station and The Scar, although each can be read independently of the ...more

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Iron Kingdoms Character Guide is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Steampunk Books and Novels
Brian Gute, Rob Baxter, Joe Martin

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Jack Faust is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Steampunk Books and Novels
Michael Swanwick Jack Faust is the fifth published novel by the American author Michael Swanwick. It was nominated for the British Science Fiction Award in 1997, and for both the Hugo and Locus Awards in 1998.

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Larklight is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Steampunk Books and Novels
Philip Reeve Larklight, or the Revenge of the White Spiders! or to Saturn's Rings and Back! is a young adult novel by author Philip Reeve. Illustrated by David Wyatt, it is the first book in the Larklight

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Leviathan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Steampunk Books and Novels
Scott Westerfeld Leviathan is a biopunk/steampunk novel written by Scott Westerfeld and illustrated by Keith Thompson. It was released on October 6, 2009. First of a young adult fiction trilogy set in ...more

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Lock & Load: Iron Kingdoms Cha... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Steampunk Books and Novels
J. Michael Kilmartin, Doug Seacat

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Lord Kelvin's Machine is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Steampunk Books and Novels
James Blaylock Lord Kelvin's Machine is a science fiction novel by author James P. Blaylock. It was released in 1992 by Arkham House in an edition of 4,015 copies. The author's first book published by Arkham ...more

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Mortal Engines is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Steampunk Books and Novels
Philip Reeve Mortal Engines is the first of four novels in Philip Reeve's quartet of the same name. The book focuses on a futuristic, steampunk version of London, now a giant machine striving to survive on a ...more

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Mothstorm is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Steampunk Books and Novels
Philip Reeve Mothstorm, or the Horror from Beyond Uranus Georgium Sidus! or a Tale of Two Shapers is a young adult novel by Philip Reeve, released in October 2008. Illustrated by David Wyatt, it is the third ...more

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Northern Lights is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Steampunk Books and Novels
Philip Pullman Northern Lights is a young-adult fantasy novel by Philip Pullman, published by Scholastic UK in 1995. Set in a parallel universe, it features the journey of Lyra Belacqua to the Arctic in search ...more

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Predator's Gold is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Steampunk Books and Novels
Philip Reeve Predator's Gold is the second of four novels in Philip Reeve's series for young adults, the Mortal Engines Quartet.

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Queen Victoria's Bomb is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Steampunk Books and Novels
Ronald William Clark, Ronald W. Clark Queen Victoria's Bomb is a steampunk novel by Ronald W. Clark. Its plot surrounds the invention of a nuclear weapon in the Victorian era which might be used to win the Crimean War.

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Scrivener's Moon is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Steampunk Books and Novels
Philip Reeve Scrivener's Moon is the sequel to A Web of Air, and the third book in the Mortal Engines Quartet prequel series. It was released in April 2011.

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Skybreaker is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Steampunk Books and Novels
Kenneth Oppel Skybreaker, sequel to Airborn, is a fantasy novel for young adults and adolescents written by Canadian author Kenneth Oppel. It continues the adventures of young airship student Matt Cruse, and ...more

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Soulless is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Steampunk Books and Novels
Gail Carriger Soulless: The Manga, Vol. 1 is a book written by Gail Carriger.

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Starclimber is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Steampunk Books and Novels
Kenneth Oppel Starclimber is the third book in the Matt Cruse fantasy series, written by Canadian author Kenneth Oppel. "-Matt Cruse and Kate de Vries go higher than ever when they take part in the very ...more

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Starcross is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Steampunk Books and Novels
Philip Reeve Starcross, or the Coming of the Moobs! or Our Adventures in the Fourth Dimension! is a young adult novel by Philip Reeve, released in October 2007. Illustrated by David Wyatt, it is the second ...more

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Steampunk is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Steampunk Books and Novels
Steampunk is an anthology of steampunk fiction edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, and published by Tachyon Publications. It was nominated in 2009 for a World Fantasy Award.

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The Alchemy of Stone is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Steampunk Books and Novels
Ekaterina Sedia The Alchemy of Stone is the third novel by Ekaterina Sedia. It is an urban fantasy/steampunk novel dealing with an automaton's involvement in a proletarian revolution in the fictional city of

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The Anubis Gates is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Steampunk Books and Novels
Tim Powers The Anubis Gates is a time travel fantasy novel by Tim Powers. It won the 1983 Philip K. Dick Award and 1984 Science Fiction Chronicle Award.

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The Austere Academy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Steampunk Books and Novels
Daniel Handler The Austere Academy is the fifth novel in the children's novel series A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. It was set to be released in paperback under the name The Austere Academy: ...more

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The Bad Beginning is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Steampunk Books and Novels
Daniel Handler The Bad Beginning is the first novel of the children's novel series A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. It was later released in paperback under the name The Bad Beginning; or, ...more

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The Carnivorous Carnival is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Steampunk Books and Novels
Daniel Handler The Carnivorous Carnival is the ninth novel in the children's novel series A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket.

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The Court of the Air is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Steampunk Books and Novels
The Court of the Air is the first book by Stephen Hunt in his Jackelian series. The plot is set in a steampunk world that mixes historical events or social concepts of the real world with ...more

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The Dark Volume is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Steampunk Books and Novels
Gordon Dahlquist The Dark Volume is a novel in the Steampunk genre by GW Dahlquist. It is his second novel after 2006's The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters.

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The Difference Engine is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Steampunk Books and Novels
William Gibson, Bruce Sterling The Difference Engine is an alternate history novel by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling. It is widely regarded as a book that helped establish the genre conventions of steampunk. It posits a ...more

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The End is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Steampunk Books and Novels
Daniel Handler The End is the thirteenth and final novel in the children's novel series A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. The book was released on Friday, October 13, 2006.

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The Ersatz Elevator is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Steampunk Books and Novels
Daniel Handler The Ersatz Elevator is the sixth novel of the children's novel series A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. The Baudelaires are sent to live with the wealthy Esmé and Jerome

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The First Men in the Moon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Steampunk Books and Novels
H. G. Wells The First Men in the Moon is a scientific romance published in 1901 by the English author H. G. Wells, who called it one of his "fantastic stories". The novel tells the story of a ...more

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The Glass Books of the Dream E... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Steampunk Books and Novels
Gordon Dahlquist The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters is the first novel by playwright Gordon Dahlquist and was published in the USA on August 1, 2006. A first sequel, The Dark Volume, was published in the UK by ...more

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The Grim Grotto is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Steampunk Books and Novels
Daniel Handler The Grim Grotto is the eleventh novel in the children's novel series A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket.

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The Half-Made World is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Steampunk Books and Novels
Felix Gilman The Half-Made World is a 2010 steampunk fantasy novel by Felix Gilman. It is set in an alternate version of the American Wild West where the far west reaches of the world are untamed and still ...more