This is the list I assembled when writing
The classics are better served when mentioned by author, rather than by title.
• H.G. Wells – The Time Machine, The Invisible Man, War of the Worlds, The Island of Dr. Hybrid, The Food of the Gods.
• Jules Verne – 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Around the World in 80 Days, Journey to the Centre of the Earth, From the Earth to the Moon, The Mysterious Island, Carpathian Castle. “In the Year 2089” (short story).
• Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – The collected cases of Sherlock Holmes, as well as the lesser known exploits of Professor Challenger, most famous because of The Lost World.
• Charles Dickens - Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, A Christmas Carol.
• Bram Stoker – Dracula, The Lair of the White Worm.
• Oscar Wilde – The Portrait of Dorian Gray, Canterville Ghost, The Happy Prince and Other Tales.
• Robert Louis Stevenson – The Strange Case of Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde, Treasure Island, The Supernatural Short Stories of Robert Louis Stevenson.
• H. Rider Haggard – The adventures of Allan Quatermain, from King’s Solomon’s Mines to Allan and the Ice-gods; also the adventures of Ayesha, from She to Wisdom’s Daughter.
• L. Frank Baum – The Oz series, Father Goose: His Book, A New Wonderland, Dot and Tot of Merryland.
• Other classics of note: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, ‘The Murders at Rue Morgue’ by Edgar Allan Poe, A Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain, The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, Peter Pan by James M. Barry.
While the classics receive the name of scientific romance, the term ‘steampunk’ is more rightly applied to contemporary works such as:
• The Difference Engine, by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling.
• The Lord Darcy series by Randall Garrett.
• The Runestaff series by Michael Moorcock.
• The Anubis Gate, by Tim Powers.
• The Digging Leviathan, Homunculus and Lord Kelvin’s Machine, by James Blaylock.
• The Hollow Earth, by Rudy Rucker.
• Dracula Unbound and Frankenstein Unbound, by Brian Aldiss.
• The Dinotopia series by James Gourney.
• The Steampunk Trilogy, by Paul DiFilippo.
• The Age of Unreason series by J. Gregory Keyes.
• Perdido Street Station and The Scar, by China Mieville.
Films, TV and Video
The audiovisual media provide the most wonderful examples of steampunk, for they provide the imagery that literature can only evoke from the reader’s imagination. Curiously, Japanese animation dove into steampunk motifs with gusto, with a lot of examples and series available in the west only in DVD form or through fan distribution.
• Metropolis (1927, Fritz Lang)
• 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954, Richard Fleisher), a miniseries (1997, Michael Anderson).
• The Time Machine (1960, George Pal) and the remake (2002, Simon Wells).
• The Wild, Wild West; TV series in 1965, movie version in 1999.
• Time After Time (1979, Nicholas Meyer)
• Mastermind (1982, TV series)
• Young Sherlock Holmes and the Pyramid of Fear (1985, Barry Levinson, Chris Columbus).
• Tenkuu no Shiro no Rapyuta (Laputa: Castle in the Sky, 1986, animated, Hayao Miyazaki).
• Robot Carnival, (1987, animation, Katsuhiro Otomo); take note of the following shorts: ‘Franken no Haguruma’ (‘Franken's Gear’, Hiroyuki Kitakubo), and ‘Meiji Karakuri Bumei Kitan’ (‘A Tale of Two Robots,’ Kouji Miramoto).
• Ôritsu Uchûgun Oneamisu no Tsubasa (Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise, 1987, animation, Hiroyuki Yamaga).
• Frankenstein Unbound, (1990, Roger Corman)
• Fushigi no Umi no Nadia (Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water, 1990, animated TV series).
• Spirit of Wonder: China-San no Yuutsu (Spirit of Wonder: Miss China's Ring, 1992, animated miniseries) and Spirit of Wonder: Shonen Kakagu Club (Spirit of Wonder: Scientific Boys Club, 2001, animated miniseries)
• The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. (1993, TV series).
• Legend, (1995, TV series).
• Memories (1995, animation, Katsuhiro Otomo), mostly the short ‘Taiho no Machi’ (‘Cannon Fodder’).
• Tenkuu no Escaflowne (The Vision of Escaflowne, animated TV series).
• Sakura Taisen, (Sakura Wars, 1997, animated miniseries and TV series).
• Kaiketsu Jouki Tanteidan (Steam Detectives, 1998, animated TV series).
• Shanghai Noon (2000, Tom Dey) and Shanghai Knights (2003, David Dobkin).
• The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne, (2001, TV series).
• The Infinite Worlds of H.G. Wells, (2001, TV series).
• Le Pacte des Loups, (Brotherhood of the Wolf, 2001, Christophe Gans).
• Atlantis: The Lost Empire, (2001, animation, Gary Trousdale) and Atlantis: Milo's Return (2003, animation, Tad Stones).
• Dinotopia: Miniseries (2002, TV miniseries, Marco Brambilla), and Dinotopia: The Series (2002, miniseries, Robert Halmi Sr.).
• Treasure Planet, (2002, animation, John Musker).
• The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003, Stephen Norrington).
• Last Exile (2003, animated TV series).
• Steamboy (2003, Katsuhiro Otomo)
• Full Metal Alchemist (2003, animated TV series).
• Van Helsing (2004, Stephen Sommers).
• Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004, Kerry Conran)
World Wide Web
Here are a few online resources worth checking out.
Steampunk: Victorian Adventures in a Past That Wasn’t.
Uchronia: The Alternate History List
Victoriana: A Victorian Antique Marketplace
19th Century Scientific American Online