In honor of International Talk Like a Pirate Day on Friday, 19 September 2014, we present our third #talklikeapirateday #wtworldcat list, Valves and Cogs! 15 Most Popular Steampunk Pirate Novels.
This list features the top 15 Steampunk Pirate novels found in the world's libraries. What is "Steampunk?" Technically, it's a sub-genre of science-fiction that takes place in an altered past where science, science-fiction and (sometimes) magic collide . . . but that doesn't really do it justice. Steampunk borrows ideas, themes and characters from a wide range of sources. Everything from gothic fiction to fantasy to Western stories.
Try the WorldCat Genres Steampunk Fiction page for more suggested authors, books, movies and places related to Steampunk. Then sail on over to your local library, bid everyone a friendly "ahoy there!" and check out some novels about air pirates that sail the friendly (and not so friendly skies) in decked out dirigibles; gears, guns and steam; and lots and lots of steam powered imagination!
Why are we publishing so many pirate lists? Because as we prepared to do just one list for International Talk Like a Pirate Day, we realized that pirates actually lead to a rich trove of library booty. They're not just a favorite fictional topic, they have real historic and cultural significance. And so, since we couldn't pick just one thing about pirates to turn into a list, we choose to fire a full broadside of five lists! Arrrr! Avast, etc.! A list of lists! A week's worth of pirate lists to lead you on a quest for library gold! Visit our Treasure Aisles: 5 Lists for International Talk Like a Pirate Day feature every day this week for a new pirate list.
At OCLC Research, we're exploring records and mining data from WorldCat to highlight interesting and different views of the world's library collections each month. Be sure to check out our "What in the WorldCat?" page often to see what we come up with next.