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Steampunk 101: 15 Must-Read Novels

By Matt Heckler Dec 5, 2013

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The Difference Engine by William Gibson & Bruce Sterling (1990)

Although William Gibson was known as the supreme father of cyberpunk, he dabbled in the other big “punk” subgenre of the 1980s with Bruce Sterling in The Difference Engine. It’s a definite style departure for both writers, but shows how influential the subgenre was becoming in that it drew two seminal cyberpunkers out into a new frontier. May not be up to the same standard as Gibson’s Neuromancer or Sterling’s Islands in the Net, but notable for being two important writers taking a dip in someone else’s metaphorical swimming pool.

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Matt Heckler

Matt Heckler is a writer, book critic, musician, movie nerd, sci-fi aficionado, and awesome beard haver from Chicago. When he isn't writing for The MindHut, he is drinking tasty beverages and working on his first novel. Follow him on Twitter @androiddreamer!

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