Here’s the cover (designed by Galen Smith) and synopsis for the beautiful and upcoming steampunk book The Steampunk User’s Manual: An Illustrated Practical and Whimsical Guide to Creating Retro-futurist Dreams by Jeff VanderMeer and Desirina Boskovich, coming out in October 2014.

Here’s the synopsis (larger cover version appear below):

Steampunk, the retro-futuristic cultural movement, has become a substantial and permanent genre in the worlds of fantasy and science fiction. A large part of its appeal is that, at its core, Steampunk is about doing it yourself: building on the past while also innovating and creating something original. VanderMeer’s latest book offers practical and inspirational guidance for readers to find their individual path into this realm. Including sections on art, fashion, architecture, crafts, music, performance, and storytelling, The Steampunk User’s Manual provides a conceptual how-to guide that motivates and awes both the armchair enthusiast and the committed creator. Examples range from the utterly doable to the completely over-the-top, encouraging participation and imagination at all levels.

Book info as per Amazon US [Also available via Amazon UK]:

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Abrams Image; Ill edition (October 7, 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 1419708988
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419708985

Here’s a larger version…or check out the OMIGOD, I CAN’T BELIEVE HOW HUGE THIS IMAGE IS! version!

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