Today’s task is to list favorite characters in a genre of your choice. I could pick fantasy, but then how would I narrow the list down to ten favorites? There are too many choices (good ones, too!). It is with this in mind that I picked the sci-fi subgenre of steampunk. Steampunk is about alternate Victorian history with advanced steam-based technology, and all of the fun you can have with gadgets, gears and imagination.
Top Ten Favorite Characters in Steampunk
1. Deryn Sharp from Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan – Deryn hides her identity in order to do what she loves (which is flying – very unladylike!). Her adventures in the sky above an alternate-history WWI-era Europe make me long for a time that never was.
2. Alek from Scott Westerfeld’s Leviathan – Alek is the Clanker counterpart to Deryn’s Darwinist. He’s been raised to behave a certain way and believe certain things, but his personal journey (and honor) make him someone you’d want on your side.
3. Fever Crumb from Philip Reeve’s Fever Crumb – Fever has grown up as the only girl (the only child, really) in a society of engineers and inventors. The discoveries she makes about herself and her city’s history change everything, but Fever’s resourceful enough to survive.
4. Mina Wentworth from Meljean Brook’s The Iron Duke – Mina is strong and proud despite living in and being born to a terrible world. Society is forever turned against her, and yet she fights for what is right and good. In other words? She’s awesome.
5. Eff from Patricia C. Wrede’s Thirteenth Child – Eff has been born unlucky, but her pluck, heart, and find-a-way-around it mentality save her family and create a new future.
6. Alexia Tarabotti from Gail Carriger’s Soulless – Alexia is not fashionable, but that’s alright, because she’s clever, enterprising, and just happens to be the perfect foil for a werewolf. Adventures abound around Alexia, and it’s all good fun.
7. Archibald Clare from Lilith Saintcrow’s The Iron Wyrm Affair – Clare is one half of a Sherlock Holmes and Watson-esque detective duo in a steampunk world, and he’d be on the edge of madness if not for the help of his counterpart, Bannon. Their ridiculous/dangerous/slapstick antics make for an enjoyable tale.
8. Finley Jayne from Kady Cross’ The Girl in the Steel Corset – Finley doesn’t take any nonsense, and that is true for both of her selves. This girl has dual personalities, but both enjoy a spot of fun.
9. Mad Machen from Meljean Brook’s short story ‘Here There Be Dragons’ – Crazy characters have a strange allure, don’t they? This ship captain is renowned for his mad antics, and his pursuit of his lady love is the stuff of sailors’ lore.
10. Half mermaid from Frewin Jones’ short story ‘The Cannibal Fiend of Rotherhithe’ – I can’t recall the name of this character, but I can remember the wild beauty of her ignorance and the violence of her hunger. Haunting!
Do you have a favorite steampunk character or book? Do tell!