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Steampunk #03: Steampunk Revolutionby Ann Vandermeer
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Playfully mashing up the romantic elegance of the Victorian era with whimsically modernized technology, the wildly popular steampunk genre is here to stay. Now...long live the revolution!
Steampunk Revolution features a renegade collective of writers and artists, including steampunk legends and hot, new talents rebooting the steam-driven past and powering it into the future. Lev Grossmans Sir Ranulph Wykeham-Rackham, GBE, a.k.a. Roboticus the All-Knowing” is the Six-Million-Dollar Steampunk Man, possessing appendages and workings recycled from metal parts, yet also fully human, resilient, and determined. Bruce Sterlings White Fungus” introduces steampunks younger cousin, salvage-punk, speculating on how cities will be built in the future using preexisting materials. Cat Valentes Mother Is a Machine” explores the merging of man and machine and a whole new form of parenting. In Jeff VanderMeers anti-steampunk story Fixing Hanover,” a creator must turn his back on his creation because it is so utterly destructive. And Cherie Priest presents The Clockroach,” a new and very unsettling mode of transportation.
Going far beyond corsets and goggles, Steampunk Revolution is not just your granddads zeppelin—its an even wilder ride.
"VanderMeer's follow-up to previous similarly themed anthologies targets established fans of the retro-infatuated steampunk movement. In addition to four nonfiction pieces by gnere luminaries such as Jaymee Goh of 'Silver Goggles' fame, including Margaret Killjoy's 'Steampunk Shapes Our Future,' the collection offers 28 stories, several of them standouts. In Ben Peek's 'Possession,' a botanist trying to regenerate soil in the Earth's crust discovers a dying female android, while Karin Tidbeck's sad, whimsical 'Beatrice' relates a tale of love between man and airship. Vandana Singh's 'A Handful of Rice' entertains with its alternate history of India. Technology runs amok in Jeff VanderMeer's 'Fixing Hanover,' in which inventors suffer unintended consequences from their creations, and in Christopher Barzak's surreal 'Smoke City,' about an urban industrial hell. Readers who enjoy steampunk largely for its visual aesthetic or use in other genres like YA and mystery may find less appeal in a collection geared mostly toward hardcore devotees." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Playfully mashing up the romantic elegance of the Victorian era with whimsically modernized technology, this entertaining and edgy new anthology is the third installment in a bestselling steampunk series. Featuring a renegade collective of writers and artists—from beloved legends to rising talents—the steam-driven past is rebooted and powered by originality, wit, and adventure. Lev Grossman offers a different take on the Six Million Dollar Man who possesses appendages and workings from recycled metal parts, yet remains fully human, resilient, and determined. Catherynne M. Valente explores a new form of parenting within the merging of man and machine while Cherie Priest presents a new, unsettling mode of transportation. Bruce Sterling introduces steampunks younger cousin, salvage-punk, while speculating on how cities will be built in the future using preexisting materials and Jeff VanderMeer takes an antisteampunk perspective as a creator must turn his back on an utterly destructive creation. Going beyond the simple realms of corsets and goggles, this engaging collection takes readers on a wild ride through Victoriana and beyond.
About the Author
Ann VanderMeer is the Hugo Award-winning editor of Weird Tales and the founder of Buzzcity Press. She is the coeditor of numerous titles, including The Kosher Guide to Imaginary Animals, The New Weird, Steampunk, Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded, and The Steampunk Bible. She lives in Tallahassee, Florida.
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