Media praise for Vintage Tomorrows
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"This excellent, aesthetically pleasing (with many beautiful illustrations), and informative volume is not limited to history and prognostication; the engaging and entertaining backstory of "Steampunk" as a cultural phenomena with artists, writers, musicians, and mega-gatherings like the Burning Man festival is fully described and told as a blended beautiful phenomena. I highly recommend this excting book to Makers, technologists, designers and the general public."
-- , amazon.com,
"In their new book Vintage Tomorrows, historian James H. Carrott and futurist Brian David Johnson make the case that the subculture known as steampunk provides our society with the best possible way to understand our technological world--and, as such, is poised to enter the mainstream."
-- , TIME Entertainment
"One of the most summarily profound quotes in the book comes from the authors' interview with Robert Martin Armstrong, founder of Steamcon, who said, "We are reimagining the Victorians' original views of the future. Their science fiction has become our science fact. Steampunk is a group of people looking back to look forward again and say: 'What if?'" And truly, the what-if presented in the book is about reimagining the future before it ever happens in order to shape it into what we all want it to be."
-- , Good eReader,
"Vintage Tomorrows is the book to hand to anyone who asks about steampunk. Whether it's about the maker culture, the fashion trends, the history behind the alternative history, the literature, the art, the music, or anything else you can think of, this book does its best to cover it... It's a great read, and highly recommended."
-- , The Steampunk Librarian blog,
"This is an intriguing look at this phenomenon and the interviews are very revealing although towards the end the point has been made and the questions all answered. This is a must read for anyone with an interest in the past and with a whimsical outlook on today's technical culture."
-- , Barry's Musings blog,
"It is a little early to call Vintage Tomorrows my favorite book of 2013, but I doubt if there will be a better title this year. "
-- , Seattle PI,
"Mr. Johnson analyzes ethnography, consumer data and even science fiction, and many of his findings and conclusions are published his rollicking new book "Vintage Tomorrows.""
-- , AllVoices,
"The vast majority of steampunk related books I receive to review are fictional. I very rarely get one that is non-fiction...I [had] not come across a book that looked more closely at steampunk from the viewpoint of the community itself, makers and inventors, as well as artists and musicians, whether heavily involved in steampunk or not...Although this book is much more on the scale of a textbook than a light entertaining steampunk story, I still found it readable and humorous. "
-- , Steampunk Canada,
"This book makes you think, you may not always agree with the authors but if they make you think like they did with me then I am sure the cost will be worthwhile."
-- , Gadget Speak
"Having fun with technology is one of the main aspects of Steampunk. The reader gets to explore this towards the end of the book, with the authors investigating the third era of computing. In particular they look at technology that has a sense of humour!"
-- , The Chartered Institute for IT,
"When James H. Carrott and Brian David Johnson collaborated on this book, the world of Steampunk became a lot clearer. The past, present and future existence of the genre will forever be debated, but Vintage Tomorrows, published by OReilly Media, Inc., gives the fandom a treasure chest of information from around the world to help keep the discussion going"
-- , Doctor Fantastique's Show of Wonders,
"Subcultures have always had a great influence on cultural and societal changes throughout history. Vintage Tomorrows is an insightful look into the steampunk subculture that has evolved around the world in the last half-century." Full Review >
-- , nick-zimmerman.com
"Throughout Vintage Tomorrows the authors explore not only what steampunk is through various art forms, but explore what that might mean in terms of the way we view our past and future." Full Review >
-- , www.MichaelCarnell.com
"Johnson and Carrott meet in a bar and dedicate themselves to exposing the deeper motivations behind the what seems to be a superficial practise of fancy dress costumes, glistening brass gears and a fascination with clockwork ornamentation. Looking for The outcome is an unexpected delight. A critical, deep and probing questioning of what makes steampunk tick. This is a book about how humanity engages with technology and the nature of the relationship is deep, fluid and individual. I ended up savouring the authors' delivery and living with this one for a couple weeks. It gave me pause to think and that makes this a seriously exceptional book." Full Review >
-- , shawnday.com/randomosity
"This book initially shocked me. When I downloaded it, it was a 140 Mb so I thought it was full of drawings and comics. As soon as I opened the file I saw it was nothing I thought it would have been. " Full Review >
-- , blog.grimp.eu