K.W. Jeter's Infernal Devices: A Mad Victorian Fantasy launched the steampunk genre in 1987 (and Jeter also invented the term, in an interview.) Now Harper Collins' Angry Robot imprint's bringing it back into print, along with another Jeter Victorian classic.
According to Angry Robot, both Infernal Devices and Morlock Night have been out of print since the 1980s, although Babbage Press claims to have Infernal Devices "in production." With authors like Cherie Priest and George Mann making waves with new steampunk titles, it seems like a perfect time to appreciate the genre's roots. Here's how Angry Robot describes these Jeter books:
Infernal Devices tells the story of George – a Victorian watchmaker who has inherited his father's shop, though not his talent. A tale of time travel, music and sexual intrigue, Infernal Devices is a true classic.
Morlock Night, meanwhile, is a wild sequel to Wells' The Time Machine – having acquired a device for themselves, the brutish Morlocks return to invade sleepy old England…
They'll be out in the U.K. in October, and the U.S. in December.