I just heard today that Kenneth Oppel has written another sequel to Airborn. Since I thought the first sequel, Skybreaker, was even better than the original book, I have great hopes for Starclimber.
Oppel's books about a young balloonist in an alternative past fall into the steampunk subgenre. Recently, I've been reading that steampunk fiction has influenced real world style.
I also wasn't aware that when I was watching The Wild, Wild West when I was a kid, I was watching an early example of steampunk. Gee, and my dad just thought it was a weird western.
Starclimber is out in Canada, but won't be available in the U.S. until February of next year.