Synopses & Reviews
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 zeppelinits 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.
"It is as if a mad scientist had done all his shopping at Victoriana instead of Sharper Image . . . effectively captures what the steampunk genre is all about." —Los Angeles Times on Steampunk
"Beautiful, often lyrical, frequently disturbing, always exciting, and occasionally even funny, but they're also dense, literary, and trusting of the reader to be smart enough to 'get' it." —New York Journal of Books on Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded
"Steampunk isn't just about Victorians playing with cogs and gears; these stories (and a few essays) reveal some of the latest steps in this branch of speculative fiction's evolution." —www.Shelf-Awareness.com
"Demonstrates the power of a well-orchestrated collection. . . . A must-have for any fan of the subgenre." —www.BeyondVictoriana.com
"The 27 stories gathered here are therefore noteworthy both because of their subject matter as well as for the way they stretch the stylistics of Steampunk in new and different directions." —www.bookgasm.com
"This third edition is the best yet. . . . Steampunk III is a strong and sharp collection of writing. You don't have to be a fan of steampunk—or even really know what it is—to enjoy this work." —January Magazine, Best Books of 2012
"These stories have something everyone can enjoy." —www.SFSite.com
Steampunk isnt just about Victorians playing with cogs and gears; these stories (and a few essays) reveal some of the latest steps in this branch of speculative fictions evolution.”
VanderMeers follow-up to previous similarly themed anthologies targets established fans of the retro-infatuated steampunk movement.”
This third volume of the acclaimed Steampunk anthology series features an international cast of authors and a revolutionary take on the wonders of Steam. As steampunk continues to gain in popularity, these new tales and fresh tropes from established steampunk storytellers and new exciting talents reconcile Victorian pleasantries with passionate ideologies, reinvigorating the genre.”
Demonstrates the power of a well-orchestrated collection...a must-have for any fan of the subgenre.”
The 27 stories gathered here are therefore noteworthy both because of their subject matter as well as for the way they stretch the stylistics of Steampunk in new and different directions.”
These stories have something everyone can enjoy.”
Steampunk III is a strong and sharp collection of writing. You dont have to be a fan of steampunkor even really know what it isto enjoy this work. In any case, it collects the writing of not only the sharpest, newest voices in steampunk, but also a great many who bring their authority to all types of explorative writing.”
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 Awardwinning editor of Weird Fiction Review. She was the fiction editor at Weird Tales and the publisher of Buzzcity Press, work for which received the British Fantasy, International Horror Guild, and Rhysling awards. An expert on Victoriana, she is the co-editor of the bestselling World Fantasy Awardnominated Steampunk series. Her other anthologies include the Best American Fantasy and Leviathan series, The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric and Discredited Diseases, The New Weird, and Last Drink, Bird Head.