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The Steampunk Trilogy (La Trilogia Steampunk #3)

3.4  ·  Rating Details ·  895 Ratings  ·  101 Reviews
Steampunk is the twisted offspring of science fiction and postmodernism, a sassy, unpredictable tongue-in-cheek style of which the incomparable Paul Di Filippo is master. The three short novels in The Steampunk Trilogy are all set in a very alternative nineteenth century, and feature a mixture of historical and imaginary figures. In "Victoria," a young and lissome Queen Vi ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 10th 1997 by Running Press (first published 1995)
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Dan Schwent
Feb 22, 2010 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it
Shelves: steampunk, 2010
Victoria: Naturalist Cosmo Cowperthwait succeeds in creating a human-newt hybrid he names Victoria, after the Queen who she resembles. Unable to support her, Cosmo stashes her in a brothel. Meanwhile, Queen Victoria vanishes and the Prime Minister proposes they swap one Victoria with the other. Will anyone notice before they find the Queen and return her to the throne?

This story was a hoot! Steampunk lends itself to Python-esque humor so easily I'm surprised more people don't go for the humorous
Dear book;

Thank you for the fun filled day we spent together. Our time together was fun, but now we should go our separate ways. I liked you but not as kids used to say, liked you liked you. I don't want you to think it's anything you did wrong, you were just fine (oh please don't take that the wrong way, I can already see you stamping your little book feet and saying "Fine!, I'm Fine! I'll show you Fine you fucking half-stupid pretentious little shit!"), but you just weren't for me. We had some
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
I had some difficulties with this book. And that’s because two out of three stories bored me slowly to death.  But let us start with the good one, the first one:


The soon-to-be-Queen disappears and while the search for her goes on a look alike takes her place. Luckily for the court, a scientist have created a look alike…the problem is that “Victoria” is a human-lizard hybrid with a ravenously sexual appetite that usually spends her days at a brothel.

This story was good, bizarre yes, but
Feb 23, 2010 Gary rated it liked it
At last I've got hold of a copy - God bless you Santa Claus! Next on the list to read.. can't wait.

Read the first of the 3 stories and liked it a lot and am on the 2nd now - steampunk in an alternate Victorian/19th Century setting - good stuff although Mr. Di Felippo seems to have a penchant for sexual activity that is perhaps not quite necessary - we are not talking Jose Farmer's porno period but Di Felippo could easily have written excellent stories without quite as much sexual content - Jack
Aug 01, 2008 Adam rated it really liked it
The Steampunk Trilogy is a macabre romp through history that never was enlivened by a giddy sense of humor. William Gibson compares it Max Ernst’s Un Semaine de Bonte which I think is appropriate as it is also a cut up of pulp adventure, penny dreadfuls, gaslight science fiction, with surreal imagery. Similar ground to Powers and Gibson/Sterling but the strongest resemblance is to Pynchon with a mix of technological speculation, serious augury, slapstick comedy, dialects, bizarre characters, par ...more
Three novels, all of which are apparently steampunk-y, though not in the way I think of steampunk (I could be thinking of it wrong). In the first Queen Victoria runs away and is temporarily replaced by a genetically engineered salamander-girl; in the second, a racist biologist is recruited to help a Dutch scientist and his African wife recover a much sought-after artifact; in the third, Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman meet and do sex, kind of. Okay!

Each story was certainly interesting, but I d
Jan 17, 2011 Bettie☯ rated it liked it
Recommended to Bettie☯ by: Spotted on Gary's profile
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tbr busting
spring 2012
short stories
too sexy for maiden aunts

The Steampunk Trilogy is a short story trptych made of teh whacky and considering how fun and naughty the entries are it seems quite preposterous that it has taken over a year to see off the last story. Now done and dusted and still sniggering.

Finished 10/05/2012

A rod of burnished copper, affixed by a laboratory vise-grip, rose from the corner of the claw-footed desk, which was top
Primero, veamos qué significa el término STEAMPUNK: obras que se desarrollan durante la revolución industrial pero introduciendo tecnología alternativa, con un claro cariz aventurero. Cabe mencionar como autor destacado en este subgénero a Tim Powers.

Paul Di Filippo es un escritor poco conocido (y traducido) en España. Tengo constancia de un par de recopilaciones y algún relato en alguna antología de ciencia ficción. Y no sé el porqué, ya que sus historias son trepidantes y entretenidas, con un
Mar 04, 2012 T4ncr3d1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Se vi aspettate aeronavi, tecnologie avanzatissime alimentate a vapore, protesi robotiche e quant'altro, questo libro non fa per voi.
Lo steampunk è un adorabile sottogenere che vede l'introduzione di una tecnologia avanzata in un contesto storico passato; un'ambientazione che si è arricchita di immagini e luoghi comuni grazie alla più recente narrativa occidentale, agli anime giapponesi e anche ai videogiochi.
Paul Di Filippo, che pure usa - per la prima volta - il termine inserendolo nel titolo
Yzabel Ginsberg
(I got an e-copy of this book through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.)

A strange read, not totally devoid of interest, but that didn't do much for me, probably in part because its title is definitely misleading when it comes to "steampunk" as a genre, and isn't representative of what it entails. It's more Victoriana with a dash of paranormal and alternate history, and references to existing personae (poets, scientists...) and literary works (not always exact—Nana isn't Balzac's work,
Oct 28, 2008 Jacob rated it liked it
I thought I was so damn clever the first time I read Perdido Street Station. There I was, a young 18-year-old only months away from graduation, ready to seek my fortune in the world, and I’d just discovered steampunk. Eureka, all aboard!, airships ahoy and all that. Man, I was awesome. Steampunk was awesome. And now steampunk and I could be awesome together!

‘Cept, well, after devouring The Scar and Iron Council, I didn’t actually read any more steampunk for the next three or four years. No weird
Jul 13, 2015 Xan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sin dejar de tener sus momentos interesantes es un libro que se queda a medias. No profundiza en la sociedad previctoriana, ni en la ambientación tecnológica más allá de un par de pinceladas. Tampoco crea unos personajs creíbles, con verdadero trasfondo, se limita a tirar de clichés que solventa por el método expeitivo e eliminarlos de la trama con cualquier excusa. Ni el tono ligero y desenfado es excusa para una trama superficial que apenas merece el calificativo de literatura juvenil, los ado ...more
Mar 12, 2010 Mohammed rated it really liked it
The stories in this book was a big surprise for me. The remarkable precision in linguistic,history was a great read. The weird,science fictional and the humerous tone was very enjoyable read. The characters was very believable too. I didnt it expect the stories to be funny. The humour was subtle,come out of nowhere in stories that looked so serious.

Took me vividly to a very weird version of the 19th century.

Paul Di Flippo shows alot of promise with the writing in this book. I look forward to rea
Jul 30, 2008 Erik rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of steampunk and alternate history
Fantastic romp through alternate history. Will the nineteenth century bend or break to accommodate devastating anachronisms, nightmares from the deep, and parapsychological phantasmagoria? Di Filipo has a wonderful understanding of the literary voices of the early victorian period. This book was fun, funny, and educational (sort of).
Jan 28, 2011 Heidi rated it it was ok
I read this book because I had heard somewhere that it originated the term "steampunk". Next time I guess I should also find out whether a book is any good before I try to read it. As a general analysis: the level of writing was not great, though the ideas were often mildly interesting. I got annoyed by the number of real historical figures DiFilippo tried to cram into every story, for no purpose related to plot whatsoever. I almost quit the book in the middle because it got so tedious. Details ...more
Urthwild Darkness Beckons
This is actually a collection of three novellas, 'Victoria', 'Hottentots' and 'Walt and Emily'.

In 'Victoria', we find ourselves firstly in 1838 in the company of Cosmo Cowperthwait a hit and miss inventor, with few redeeming features. By his side at almost all times is his faithful manservant, Nails McGroaty, the only albeit dim light in a dull story.

In 'Hottentots', we have our main focus on Swiss scientist Louis Agassiz an odious virulently racist philandering little twerp, again with no redee
Oct 25, 2013 Alger rated it did not like it
A sloppy collection of three unconnected stories that is best understood as a too-late entry into the canon of 1980s Gonzo SciFi. Sex and drugs stand in for plot, and the sophomoric humor that should tie the book together is not even amusing. This author borrows so heavily from Robert Anton Wilson that he should be listed as a co-author, except Wilson would have rejected the association.

For those of you interested in the historical significance of the volume, be warned. This isn't even steampunk
Jul 15, 2009 Jason rated it it was ok
Shelves: sf, anthology
An interesting if not great book, The Steampunk Trilogy relates three unconnected tales about a quirky, early Victorian world where genetically engineered salamanders reign and where nuclear train engines and "ideoplasm"-powered transdimensional prairie schooners haunt the imagination. DeFilippo's success here is in the details---the fustian prose echoes that of the 19th century, as does the fiery libertine poetry, while the characters never quite lose a certain postmodern knowingness, a glint i ...more
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
Dec 28, 2009 Audra (Unabridged Chick) rated it really liked it
One-sentence summary: Three steampunk short stories: Queen Victoria disappears and is replaced by a newt-human hybrid; naturalist Agassiz is sucked into a bizarre plot involving the pickled remains of the Hottentot Venus; and Emily Dickinson meets Walt Whitman and has a Spiritualist experience.

Why did you get this book?: Brief steampunk lit obsession

Do you like the cover?: Yes.

Did you enjoy the book?: Sort of? On one level, yes, definitely -- the writing was great and the plotting lovely, and th
Jun 23, 2017 Jane rated it really liked it
Shelves: recentfiction
Well, the four stars refer to the last novella in the collection of three. The first one I read was too weird for words. I got the Victorian...perhaps, Dickensian, writing style, but Queen Victoria as a newt? Cross fertilization? I skimmed but had way too much trouble with this, so I didn't even read the second novella. The Emily Dickinson/Walt Whitman novella had me laughing out loud over and over again. Oh, what perfect use of their poetry. If you are a fan of either of these poets, you can't ...more
Denise Spicer
Jun 13, 2017 Denise Spicer rated it it was ok
If you like steampunk you might find this trilogy interesting but the 3 short novels which make use of Queen Victoria, Walt Whitman, and Emily Dickenson as main characters don’t quite come across as convincing.
Michele (Mikecas)
Oct 12, 2012 Michele (Mikecas) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ebook, steampunk
Da: (dove ci sono i link ai riferimenti) Lo Steampunk � un sottogenere della letteratura fantastica che ha avuto una definizione, peraltro non universalmente condivisa, solo negli ultimi anni. I suoi affezionati lettori stanno aumentando in continuazione, in parallelo con lo sviluppo del genere stesso, ma io non sono tra gli entusiasti. Ci sono aspetti nello Steampunk che mi piacciono poco, perch� troppo esagerati, portati oltre i limiti del ragionevole, ...more
La Trilogia Steampunk di Paul di Filippo è una raccolta di tre racconti steampunk, dal carattere ironico, che sono completamente dediti a canzonare le manie dell’epoca Vittoriana (tardo 1800), tuttavia l’ironia e l’arguzia con cui vengono narrate le situazioni e i colpi di scena fanno passare in primo piano il divertimento rispetto all’intento critico. I primi due racconti furono già pubblicati nel 1995 (e subito tradotti anche in Italia dalla Nord) e, con l’occasione, venne ufficializzato il te ...more
John Purvis
Jul 04, 2014 John Purvis rated it it was ok
“Steampunk Trilogy” was published in 2014 and was written by Paul Di Filippo ( It is actually a collection of three stories - “Victoria”, “Hottentots” and “Walt and Emily”. Mr. Di Filippo has published other works.

I obtained this publication for free through for review.

Victoria - Set in 1838 London. the main character Cosmo Copperthwait combines a newt with cells from humans and grows what looks like a fully formed woman. As it turns out, t
Angela Visalli
Jun 10, 2013 Angela Visalli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quanto mi ha fatto ridere questo secondo racconto della trilogia Steampunk? un sacco. E' totalmente assurda la trama, ma cosi simpatico per i suoi protagonisti strambissimi, che pur non volendo mi ha coinvolta nel suo proseguimento fino alla fine. Questo secondo racconto Ottentotti è un po' più lungo del precedente. L'unico neo, anche se non mi posso considerare una gran esperta di steampunk, sinceramente non ci ho visto nulla di questo genere. Si l'ambientazione è del '800 stavolta ci troviamo ...more
Angela Visalli
Jun 10, 2013 Angela Visalli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intanto avverto che più di un romanzo breve si tratta di un racconto lungo, si finisce in poche ore visto il numero esiguo di pagine che lo compongono. Ma per la qualità dell'opera e il prezzo mi sembra un'ottima opportunità di lettura, soprattutto per una accanita sostenitrice del suo lettore di ebook come me. La Trilogia Steampunk quindi comprende tre racconti lunghi: Vittoria, Ottentotti e Walt ed Emily acquistabili singolarmente come ebook oppure in un unico volume in versione cartacea. Per ...more
Zeb Kantrowitz
Jun 17, 2014 Zeb Kantrowitz rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-read
Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery. Usually in a setting inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century. Steampunk works are often set in an alternative history of the 19th century's British Victorian era or American "Wild West", or in a post-apocalyptic future during which steam power has regained mainstream use. It may also be a fantasy world that similarly employs steam power.
Steampunk perhaps most recognizable
Artur Coelho
Apr 19, 2015 Artur Coelho rated it liked it
Como é que um autor mais ligado aos fluídos e biologias encara a estética Steampunk?

Victoria: um reencontro com um conto alucinante onde o sensual resultado de uma experiência de cruzamento genético entre genes humanos e de salamandras é colocado no trono inglês enquanto a futura rainha Vitória decide aprender os factos da vida num bordel antes da coroação. Mete explosões nucleares com tecnologia proto-engenho a vapor, conspirações governamentais, duelos ao amanhecer e um cientista retirado do
Jul 10, 2009 Brenna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Steampunk is what some refer to as "alternative history." That is to say, it is like science fiction which took place in the distant past (particularly, the era of steam power). Cyberpunk in reverse, if you will, with fanciful inventions and situations combining to make the past seem absolutely futuristic.

The "Trilogy" portion of the title refers to the triumvirate of short stories presented herein. In the first, Queen Victoria turns up missing, only to be temporarily replaced by a seductive sal
Maria Beltrami
Three steam-punk stories, kind of narrative hat lately is becoming very fashionable, of quite unevenly quality. The first, speaking of a young Queen Victoria who, fled from the royal palace to gain experience of the world before his coronation, and then to be bound for life to his public role, is temporarily replaced by a creature of amphibious nature, obtained through genetic manipulation, is a real jewel. The second, a strange story whose main character is a scientist creationist rather pig, s ...more
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