A while ago, I wrote The Dieselfunk Canon, providing a list of books considered the definitive works in Dieselfunk.

Since Dieselfunk is the literary sibling of Steamfunk – and since this is the year Steamfunk comes back at you like gangbusters with the release of three novels – I figured it is now time to provide you with the Steamfunk Canon.

Here, you will not find Steampunk books that simply have a Black protagonist. No, these are books written by authors who proudly identify their work as Steamfunk and who skillfully deliver Funktastic stories in the genre.

Alright, Steamfunkateers…here goes:

Moses: The Chronicles of Harriet Tubman (Books 1 and 2) by Balogun Ojetade

harriet tubman“I’m gon’ drive the evil out and send it back to Hell, where it belong!” – Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman: Freedom fighter. Psychic. Soldier. Spy. Something…more. Much more.

In MOSES: The Chronicles of Harriet Tubman (Book 1: Kings * Book 2: Judges), the author masterfully transports you to a world of wonder…of horror…of amazing inventions, captivating locales and extraordinary people.

In this novel of dark fantasy, hailed as the very first Steamfunk novel, Harriet Tubman must match wits and power with the sardonic John Wilkes Booth and a team of hunters with powers beyond this world in order to save herself, her teenaged nephew, Ben and a little girl in her care – Margaret. But is anyone who, or what, they seem?

The Switch II: Clockwork by Valjeanne Jeffers


York is a city of contradictions. Women are hard-pressed for lovers, because lovemaking can be dangerous. The upper city is powered by computers, the underground by steam. And the wealthy don’t work for a living, underdwellers do it for them. But certain underdwellers have a big problem with this arrangement. And so does the time keeper.

Welcome to the Revolution…

The Steamfunk! Anthology edited by Milton Davis and Balogun Ojetade

SteamfunkA witch, more machine than human, judges the character of the wicked and hands out justice in a ravaged Chicago. John Henry wields his mighty hammers in a war against machines and the undead. Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman rule a country of freed slaves that rivals – and often bests – England and France in power and technology.

You will find all this – and much more – between the pages of Steamfunk, an anthology of incredible stories by some of today’s greatest authors of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Steamfunk.

Editors Milton Davis and Balogun Ojetade have put together a masterful work guaranteed to transport you to new worlds. Worlds of adventure; of terror; of war and wonder; of iron and steam.

Open these pages and traverse the lumineferous aether to the world of Steamfunk!

Mona Livelong: Paranormal Detective: A Steamfunk Horror Novel by Valjeanne Jeffers


A serial killer is snuffing out the lives of affluent people of color in Monterrey, North America. Hard-boiled, homicide detectives Curtis Dubois and Harold Lowe are assigned to the case. But when they realize that the killer may not be human, Mona Livelong, a young paranormal detective, is brought in to help solve the case. As Mona races to unravel the clues to save Monterrey, she finds herself caught up in a terrifying plot to change the very face of North America.

From Here to Timbuktu by Milton Davis


The year is 1870.

As the young country of Freedonia prepares to celebrate fifty years of existence, a young bounty hunter by the name of Zeke Culpepper is hired by a wealthy businessman to find a valuable book. In the kingdom of Mali on the continent of Africa, veteran warrior Famara Keita has been assigned to find that same book and bring it back to its rightful owner. And in the newly formed nation of Germany, an ambitious Prussian officer seeks the book as well for its secrets that could make Germany the most powerful nation in the world.

The result is an action adventure like no other!

The Chronicles of Harriet Tubman: Freedonia by Balogun Ojetade

The Chronicles of Harriet Tubman: FreedoniaSet in the world of Freedonia – author Milton Davis’ world, brought to life in the Steamfunk anthology and fully realized in the Steamfunk novel, From Here to Timbuktu – Harriet Tubman and her friend and rival, “Stagecoach” Mary Fields, chase the vengeful Alchemist’s agents out of their world and into another, in which Frederick Douglass and another, quite different Harriet Tubman govern a country of former enslaved Africans that rivals – and often bests – the United States, England and France in power and technology.

Harriet must help Freedonia win a war against the fearsome Hwarang warriors of Joseon (“Korea”). But a wicked force from Harriet’s world has come to destroy Freedonia and all it stands for. Will Harriet and her allies be able to stand against it?

Everfair by Nisi Shawl

Steamfunk 1Everfair is a wonderful Neo-Victorian alternate history novel that explores the question of what might have come of Belgium’s disastrous colonization of the Congo if the native populations had learned about steam technology a bit earlier. Fabian Socialists from Great Britian join forces with African-American missionaries to purchase land from the Belgian Congo’s “owner,” King Leopold II. This land, named Everfair, is set aside as a safe haven, an imaginary Utopia for native populations of the Congo as well as escaped slaves returning from America and other places where African natives were being mistreated.

Nisi Shawl’s speculative masterpiece manages to turn one of the worst human rights disasters on record into a marvelous and exciting exploration of the possibilities inherent in a turn of history. Everfair is told from a multiplicity of voices: Africans, Europeans, East Asians, and African Americans in complex relationships with one another, in a compelling range of voices that have historically been silenced. Everfair is not only a beautiful book but an educational and inspiring one that will give the reader new insight into an often ignored period of history.

Gunsmoke Blues by Balogun Ojetade

Killer… Survivor… Hero of New Orleans.

Gunsmoke CoverThe story of Robert Charles comes to life, etched in blood, bites and bullets, in this exciting Steamfunk adventure, set in the world of Moses: The Chronicles of Harriet Tubman and The Chronicles of Harriet Tubman: Freedonia!

An infectious plague has struck the Tremé in New Orleans in 1898. A plague that turns people into creatures found only in our worst nightmares.

Robert Charles, Ida B. Wells, John Scobell and others must choose sides—to be heroes, monsters, or… something else.

Gunsmoke Blues delivers a fast paced, wild ride, sure to leave you clamoring for more.

Read on and enjoy!

Steamfunkateers: The Steamfunk Role Playing Game by Balogun Ojetade

Steamfunkateers Front CoverBaas Bello, the most intelligent person on earth, races to prevent mad scientist, The Alchemist, from assassinating George Washington Carver…

Harriet Tubman and John Henry team up to do battle with an army of steam-powered Confederate automatons before they turn the tides of the Civil War…

Robert Charles hunts Were-Rats in New Orleans…

Mad scientists, Vampires, Air Pirates, daring Adventurers, power-hungry dictators… and YOU, all populate the world of STEAMFUNKATEERS: The Steamfunk Role Playing Game.

STEAMFUNKATEERS is a world of mechanical marvels, the supernatural and the Brushed – people that possess extraordinary abilities. YOU are one of the Brushed and, as Harriet Tubman says, “You either brushed by the hand of God… or by the hand of that other one.” YOU decide which one.

STEAMFUNKATEERS: The Steamfunk RPG is a fun, complete, stand-alone role-playing game in which you play a character that goes on exciting adventures, solves deep mysteries, battles evil (or good) and develops amazing abilities. Character creation can be done as quickly as a few minutes, or expand to take up an evening; adventure design is a simple and designed to deliver an evening of fun, or years of it. The choice is yours.

All you will need to play are some friends, some dice, and this book!

Be sure to read all the works listed here. They’re great stories and I know you’ll enjoy them. And please, do the authors a solid and write a review, even if it’s just a couple of sentences. Thanks!

More Steamfunk novels, a second Steamfunk anthology, adventures for the Steamfunkateers RPG and a Steamfunk feature film are coming and we will continue to expand this list, so check back often for updates.

About Balogun

Balogun is the author of the bestselling Afrikan Martial Arts: Discovering the Warrior Within and screenwriter / producer / director of the films, A Single Link, Rite of Passage: Initiation and Rite of Passage: The Dentist of Westminster. He is one of the leading authorities on Steamfunk – a philosophy or style of writing that combines the African and / or African American culture and approach to life with that of the steampunk philosophy and / or steampunk fiction – and writes about it, the craft of writing, Sword & Soul and Steampunk in general, at https://chroniclesofharriet.com/. He is author of eight novels – the Steamfunk bestseller, MOSES: The Chronicles of Harriet Tubman (Books 1 & 2); the Urban Science Fiction saga, Redeemer; the Sword & Soul epic, Once Upon A Time In Afrika; a Fight Fiction, New Pulp novella, Fist of Afrika; the gritty, Urban Superhero series, A Single Link and Wrath of the Siafu; the two-fisted Dieselfunk tale, The Scythe and the “Choose-Your-Own-Destiny”-style Young Adult novel, The Keys. Balogun is also contributing co-editor of two anthologies: Ki: Khanga: The Anthology and Steamfunk. Finally, Balogun is the Director and Fight Choreographer of the Steamfunk feature film, Rite of Passage, which he wrote based on the short story, Rite of Passage, by author Milton Davis and co-author of the award winning screenplay, Ngolo. You can reach him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Afrikan.Martial.Arts; on Twitter @Baba_Balogun and on Tumblr at www.tumblr.com/blog/blackspeculativefiction.

14 responses »

  1. Fujimoto says:

    At last, the continuation of Moses! I’ve been wondering about that for some time now. Looking forward to the release!

    From Here to Timbuktu looks like a lot of fun. Set in the same setting as “The Delivery” is it? That was one of my favorites in Steamfunk! and I would love to know more about Freedonia, especially when it also features in the next Moses book.

    Valjeanne Jeffers looks to have some great settings. These are books I need to check out in the future.

  2. Excellent article as always Brother Balogun! Thanks so much for including me! FYI: I can’t wait to read the Chronicles of Harriet Tubman III. I loved Books I and II 🙂

  3. Fujimoto, I’m glad you’re feeling my books! I hope you enjoy them 🙂

    • Fujimoto says:

      Thank you. I just bought The Switch II after reading some of the reviews. It looks like it will be a fun read.

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