Press Release – Steampunk FAQ Book

Press Release – Steampunk FAQ Book

Celebrating the 10 Year Anniversary of the Beloved AND Bestselling FAQ Series!

Since its successful debut volume, THE FAB FOUR FAQ, the FAQ series has exploded, with over 300,000 books sold and nearly 100 titles in print. The FAQ series has covered dozens of mammoth music artists, from Led Zeppelin to Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd to the Smiths, stretching deep into theater, film, and television, with James Bond, Twin Peaks, Star Wars, and Dr. Who. The series has even jumped into hot pop culture interests, from video games to wrestling, beer, and beyond.

The FAQseries represents a one-stop source of info, history, and minutia on an array of performing arts subjects. Readers not only get the DNA of the artist’s career, or a TV series’ legacy, but droves of obscure facts, entertaining anecdotes, delectable lists, rare photographs and period ephemera, and more. These reader-friendly volumes are presented in a lively, engaging style that invites perusing at any point within the book. Each chapter serves as a freestanding article on any aspect of the story, allowing readers to put down and pick up the book with ease.

In 2018, the FAQ series celebrates its 10th anniversary with four exciting, new titles and a fresh, forward-thinking redesign, including :

  • Steampunk FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the World of Goggles, Airships, and Time Travel by Mike Perschon (11/6/18)

Author: Mike Perschon

Publisher: Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, trade paperback
Release Date: 11/06/2018

ISBN: 9781617136641

400 pages

“What is steampunk?” Going beyond the standard default definitions of “Victorian science fiction,” “yesterday’s tomorrow today,” or some other equally vague or limited description, Steampunk FAQ provides a historical exploration of its literary and cinematic origins.

The journey begins with a look at steampunk’s genesis in the novels and short stories of three Californians who hung out a lot with Philip K. Dick, before moving on to the inspirations and antecedents of steampunk. Contrary to what many articles and books say, steampunk’s direct inspiration is arguably far more cinematic than literary, a likely reaction to the many film adaptations, pastiches, and knockoffs of the scientific romances of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells. While Verne, Wells, and a host of other Victorian and Edwardian writers have influenced steampunk fiction, cinematic elements from films such as Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) and George Pal’s Time Machine (1960) show up more often as immediate influences on the style we call steampunk.

In offering a celebration of steampunk’s style and cultural aesthetic, Steampunk FAQ also explores its connection to cyberpunk, the world of fashion, comics, and culture around the world.

The FAQ series has covered every corner of pop culture, including:

  • Bands and singers
  • Films, movie stars, and directors
  • TV shows
  • Theater
  • Sports
  • Food and beverage

When you pick up an FAQ book, you are guaranteed to learn something new and unexpected. Music Connection says these books have “filled in more blank spaces than I could ever cover here…a tremendous addition to my collection.” And Goldmine concurs, “even a die-hard fan will learn something.”

For further information about FAQ series, review copies, or to schedule an interview with an FAQ author or the series editors, please contact Jennifer Richards at Over the River Public Relations: 201-242-9637,

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