Infernal Devices (Angry Robot)
by K.W. Jeter
Angry Robot Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780857660961
Date: 14 April 2011 List Price £7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
Uncorrected Proof Copy: My pick of the month by a mile... although it's technically the pick of the forthcoming April releases as that is when Angry Robot publish this wonderful lost classic.
The term 'Steampunk' is bandied about as if it were something that has always been around - but that's not so. The term was coined by the American author K.W. Jeter back in a letter he wrote to LOCUS magazine in the mid-80s. In it, he was referring to the types of books he was writing at the time and along with those of fellow authors Tim Powers and James P Blaylock. Their particular and peculiar brand of mad-cap Victorian adventure formed the bedrock of the literary phenomenon that now appears to be very much in vogue. To celebrate this deserved resurgence, Angry Robot are reissuing two of Jeter's Steampunk books - titles that informed my own tastes when I first discovered them nearly twenty-five years ago and which as as fresh today as they were back then. I am delighted to see them back in print.
Infernal Devices is a delicious and quite insane romp through the gas-lit streets of London, and Morlock Night (the very first Steampunk book of all) is Jeter's homage to H.G.Wells. This proof copy binds both into a single volume, but I understand the two books will be separate released. Absolute MUST READ books!
"It all began when the Brown Leather Man, a mysterious being with a secret older than humankind, asked proper Victorian London gentleman George Dower to repair a weird device. How could George have know that this was but one of the many infernal devices his genius father had build, and that he himself would soon be pursued by former clients of his father? For George had always been the unsuspecting key to his father's incredible plans, a key that others would like to possess - from the automaton who wore George's own face to the mad Lord Bendray, bent on using George to destroy the entire Earth. A romp through Victorian England by an author said to have "the brain-burned intensity of his mentor, Philip K. Dick.""