I’m a librarian by profession, and a scholar by inclination, so when I got involved with the amazing confluence of ideas that was steampunk in mid naughts I naturally wanted to know where this idea of steampunk came from. Most steampunks know little about steampunk’s origins.  As a cure I suggest the reading titles below to see some of the most creative works of late twentieth century speculative fiction, the novels that defined steampunk.