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Steampunkby Ann VanderMeer and Jeff VanderMeer
Synopses & Reviews
Replete with whimsical mechanical wonders and charmingly anachronistic settings, this pioneering anthology gathers a brilliant blend of fantastical stories. Steampunk originates in the romantic elegance of the Victorian era and blends in modern scientific advances — synthesizing imaginative technologies such as steam-driven robots, analog supercomputers, and ultramodern dirigibles. The elegant allure of this popular new genre is represented in this rich collection by distinctively talented authors, including Neal Stephenson, Michael Chabon, James Blaylock, Michael Moorcock, and Joe R. Lansdale.
"The VanderMeers (The New Weird) have assembled another outstanding theme anthology, this one featuring stories set in alternate Victorian eras. Michael Moorcock, the godfather of steampunk, is represented by an excerpt from his classic novel The Warlord of the Air. In 'Lord Kelvin's Machine,' a fine tale from prolific steampunk author James P. Blaylock, mad scientists plot to throw the Earth into the path of a passing comet, declaring that 'science will save us this time, gentlemen, if it doesn't kill us first.' Michael Chabon's vivid and moving 'The Martian Agent, a Planetary Romance' recounts the lives of two young brothers in the aftermath of George Custer's mutiny against Queen Victoria, while historical fantasist Mary Gentle describes a classic struggle between safety and progress in 'A Sun in the Attic.' This is a superb introduction to one of the most popular and inventive subgenres in science fiction. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"What a great piece of work this is....Summer's almost here — time to do some leisure reading, and what better place to start than here?" Cory Doctorw, BoingBoing.net
"The diversity of the sci-fi subgenre is amply demonstrated in this anthology of previously published stories....[T]he writing is never less than compelling. Both fans of steampunk and readers for whom it's a foreign concept should find this collection rewarding." Kirkus Reviews
Replete with whimsical mechanical wonders and charmingly anachronistic settings, this pioneering anthology gathers a brilliant blend of fantastical stories that originates in the romantic elegance of the Victorian era and blends in modern scientific advances.
Steampunk is Victorian elegance and modern technology: steam-driven robots, souped-up stagecoaches, and space-faring dirigibles fueled by gaslight romance, mad scientists, and oh-so-trim waistcoats. Its The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Wizard of Oz, and The Golden Compass.
Replete with whimsical mechanical wonders and bold adventurers, this riveting anthology lovingly collects classic steampunk stories, pop culturefueled discussions of steampunk, and essential recommended reading lists for the discerning steampunk fan.
From the editors of The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric and Discredited Diseases and The New Weird, this is steampunk. Hang on tight.
Combining the timeless fairy tales that we all read as children with the out-of-time technological wizardry that is steampunk, this collection of stories blends the old and the new in ways sure to engage every fantasy reader.
Inspired by Hans Christian Andersens The Red Shoes,” New York Times bestselling author K. W. Jeters La Valse” forges a fable about love, the decadence of technology, and a gala dance that becomes the obsession of a young engineer—and the doom of those who partake in it.
In You Will Attend Until Beauty Awakens,” national bestselling author and John W. Campbell Award winner Jay Lake tells the story of Sleeping Beauty—and how the princess was conceived in deception, raised in danger, and rescued by a prince who may be less than valiant.
The tale of The Tinderbox” takes a turn into the surreal when a damaged young soldier comes into possession of an intricate, treacherous treasure and is drawn into a mission of mercy in national bestselling author Kat Richardsons The Hollow Hounds.”
In The Kings of Mount Golden,” Hugo and World Fantasy Award nominee Paul Di Filippo tells the story of a young mans search for his heritage and a mechanical marvel that lies at the heart of a sinister pact in this fascinating take on The King of the Golden Mountain.”
ALSO INCLUDES STORIES FROM
Nancy A. Collins
G. K. Hayes
About the Author
Ann VanderMeer is the publisher of Buzzcity Press and the fiction editor for Weird Tales.
Jeff VanderMeer is the founder and editor for Ministry of Whimsy Press. He is the author of City of Saints and Madmen, Secret Life, Shriek, and Veniss Underground. He is the editor of the Leviathan series and The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric & Discredited Diseases. Coeditors of the Best American Fantasy series, they both live in Tallahassee, Florida.
Table of Contents
Preface by Jeff and Ann VanderMeer
Introduction: The Nineteenth-Century Roots of Steampunk” by Jess Nevins
Steampunk in Comics” by Bill Baker
The Giving Mouth” by Ian R. Macleod
Lord Kelvins Machine” by James P. Blaylock
The God-Clown Is Near” by Jay Lake
The Steam Man of the Prairie and the Dark Rider Get Down” by Joe R. Lansdale
A Sun in the Attic” by Mary Gentle
The Martian Agent, a Planetary Romance” by Michael Chabon
Benediction: Warlord of the Air” excerpt by Michael Moorcock
The Selene Gardening Society” by Molly Brown
Excerpts From the Third and Last Volume of the Tribes of the Pacific Coast” by Neal Stephenson
Victoria” by Paul Di Filippo
Reflected Light” by Rachel E. Pollock
Steampunk in Pop Culture” by Rick Klaw
Minutes of the Last Meeting” by Stepan Chapman
Seventy-Two Letters” by Ted Chaing
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