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The Steampunk Trilogy

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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
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...more
Greg
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...more
Gary
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...more
Adam
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
Oscar
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...more
Tancredi
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...more
Trin
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...more
Mohammed
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...more
Jacob
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...more
Heidi
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
Thom Foolery
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)
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...more
Jani
The Steampunk Trilogy, the first book apparently to use the genre nominator in its title, is much like the works of Paul Di Filippo I had read earlier. Often the whimsy far overpowers the invention, in fact, I would not call Di Filippo the most creative of writers but he has great skill in taking elements and mixing them into an entertaining soup.

In this particular work, Di Filippo mixes some of my favorite elements from steampunk; you have the 19th century with its idiosyncrasies, allusion bot...more
Matteo Pellegrini

Cos'è accaduto alla regina d'Inghilterra? E realmente lei la creatura dagli strani appetiti che da qualche tempo siede sul trono dell'Impero Britannico? Da dove vengono i mostri dell'abisso lovecraftiano che minacciano il Massachusetts? In quale curiosa epoca sono stati condotti i poeti amanti Walt Whitman ed Emily Dickinson? Tra i tanti sottogeneri del fantastico, della fantascienza e del fantasy, lo steampunk è uno dei più affascinanti, con i suoi scenari vittoriani, con le sue straordinarie t

...more
Erik
Aug 12, 2008 Erik rated it 4 of 5 stars 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).
Ippino
Il genere "steampunk" prende le mosse da un mondo alternativo, in cui l'Impero Britannico ha proseguito la sua corsa verso l'egemonia del mondo conosciuto, in cui Charles Babbage ha, grazie ai suoi studi, dato vita a formidabili computer, in cui il carbone ha sostituito il petrolio nella catena economica.
Partendo da questi presupposti, Di Filippo reinventa le avventure di Jules Verne, creando letteralmente un nuovo filone della fantascienza, così come Gibson e Sterling inventarono il "cyberpunk"...more
Joe
Well, this book was what we call a 'mixed bag'. Aspects of it were very well produced, and a recommendation from William Gibson should not be ignored, but on the whole, it's like a new crazy kind of drug. Paul Di Filippo presents these absurd scenarios - sure, we've all heard of Queen Victoria, but what if... she's actually an amphibious lizard? We know the poetry of Walt Whitman, and we know the poetry of Emily Dickinson, but what if... they got together and had a tawdry affair in her hometown...more
Cécile C.
This is a globally fine book, although I do believe it's a good thing steampunk has moved on since; the stories are fun, but have a somewhat gimicky feel in places. Your tastes may differ from mine here, but I also find that "vintage" sexism and racism get a bit old sometimes. In other words, endless depictions of victorian gentlemen going to brothels, or victorian scientists getting all worked up around black people, tend to bore me a little after a while. Yeah, yeah, it's "realistic" (in stori...more
Mari Biella
A glance at the front cover of this book lets you know what you’re in for: a weird, wonderful and occasionally disturbing race through a fantastically alternative Victorian Age. The young Queen Victoria absconds from Buckingham Palace shortly before her Coronation, and is replaced by a human–newt hybrid; New England is threatened by a mythical sea creature, and can only be saved by a prejudiced Swiss scientist; and Emily Dickinson falls for Walt Whitman, and accompanies him on a strange voyage t...more
Carlo
Era in casa da così tanto tempo che non ricordavo che fosse costituito da tre racconti. Doveva essere il capostipite di un nuovo genere – non solo a giudicare dagli strilli di copertina – ed invece è rimasto un episodio isolato, ma assai piacevole, di commistione fra fantascienza e ottocento. Vista la dislocazione temporale, era immancabile una storia ambientata nella Londra vittoriana: messa subito all’inizio, la ricerca di una giovane Vittoria risulta il momento più divertente, ma patisce un f...more
Michele (Mikecas)
Da: http://www.webalice.it/michele.castel... (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
Scrittevolmente
Il libro che ci ritroviamo fra le mani è una raccolta di tre racconti la cui qualità, a mio modesto parere, dipende molto dai gusti del lettore e dalla sua personale concezione del termine Steampunk.
Partendo dal presupposto che il genere Steampunk è tutt’altro che facile da inquadrare, a mio avviso l’autore ha saputo riassumere in maniera efficace gli elementi alla sua base: l’epoca vittoriana come sfondo, l’ironica denuncia della società dell’epoca e l’immancabile utilizzo di gadget e macchinar...more
No Books
A newt on the throne of England

When the price dropped below €1o I just couldn't resist.

One of the classics of the genre along with Jeter, Rucker and The Difference Engine. Everything's there: Victorian London in the highest and lowest social classes (up to young Vicky herself), young inventors of genius and wealth, American renegades, incongrous technology, cameos from famous figures galore, cheeky quotes from 20th century pop(ular) culture... and, needless to say, Lovecraftian monsters.

Very p...more
míol mór
When the price dropped below ���1o I just couldn't resist.

One of the classics of the genre along with Jeter, Rucker and The Difference Engine. Everything's there: Victorian London in the highest and lowest social classes (up to young Vicky herself), young inventors of genius and wealth, American renegades, incongrous technology, cameos from famous figures galore, cheeky quotes from 20th century pop(ular) culture... and, needless to say, Lovecraftian monsters.

Very postmodern; although at times (...more
Debora
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
La Stamberga dei Lettori
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...more
Emily (Just a Hunch Book Blog)
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Bren
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...more
Chilly SavageMelon
2.5 stars maybe. More alt-history than scifi. I was expecting more brass and gear gadgets, but got juvenile perversity instead. The vocab seemed period appropriate but the voice was a bit like a drama nerd run amok. Absolutely nothing "punk" about it. I can't write off the entire genre from one attempt, but will try another author next time.

If you're having a hard time finding this, don't assume it's because it's so collectible everyone is hoarding their copies...

If you take it as pulp with a qu...more
Alger
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...more
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