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Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories [Paperback]

Gavin J. Grant
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6 Oct 2011
Imagine an alternate universe where romance and technology reign. Where tinkerers and dreamers craft and re-craft a world of automatons, clockworks, calculating machines, and other marvels that never were. Here, fourteen masters of speculative fiction, including two graphic storytellers, embrace the steampunk genre's established themes and refashion them in surprising ways and settings as diverse as Appalachia, Ancient Rome, future Australia, and alternate California. The result is an anthology that defies its genre even as it defines it.

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Walker (6 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406336963
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406336962
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 197,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the first major YA steampunk anthology, fourteen top storytellers push the genre's mix of sci-fi, fantasy, history, and adventure in fascinating new directions.

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Contributors: Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, Cory Doctorow, Shawn Cheng, Ysabeau Wilce, Delia Sherman, Elizabeth Knox, Kelly Link, Garth Nix, Christopher Rowe, Kathleen Jennings, Dylan Horrocks, Holly Black and M. T. Anderson.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent steampunk anthology 16 Dec 2012
By I Read, Therefore I Blog VINE VOICE
Link and Grant have compiled a fascinating compendium of boundary-pushing stories that would be a great introduction to anyone new to the genre.

SOME FORTUNATE FUTURE DAY BY CASSANDRA CLARE is a sad story about time travel in a ruined world where a lonely inventor's daughter falls in love and puts aside her clockwork dolls.

THE LAST RIDE OF THE GLORY GIRLS BY LIBBA BRAY is a steampunk Western with a Feminist twist and strong themes of loyalty.

CLOCKWORK FAGIN BY CORY DOCTOROW was one of my favourites - a group of disabled orphans turn the tables on the cruel orphanage master to take control of their lives - it's well told and there's some great characterisation.

SEVEN DAYS BESET BY DEMONS BY SHAWN CHENG is a sad graphic novel short story about an inventor whose love for a pretty girl results in him experiencing the deadly sins.

HAND IN GLOVE BY YSABEAU S. WILCE is a slick mystery about a young officer in a police department who's logical detection is unappreciated by her colleagues in favour of a more flamboyant colleague.

THE CHOST OF CWMLECH MANOR BY DELIA SHERMAN is an entertaining if predictable romance with ghosts, automatons and long-buried treasure.

GETHSEMENE BY ELIZABETH KNOX is a story about love potions, volcanoes and flying dirigibles, which I found a little overlong.

THE SUMMER PEOPLE BY KELLY LINK marries clockwork marvels with faerie lore to inventive effect plus it's got some great one-liners.

PEACE IN OUR TIME BY GARTH NIX is an intelligent, poignant story about the horrific consequences of weapons of mass destruction.

NOWHERE FAST BY CHRISTOPHER ROWE tells of a village that's forsaken technology and the tensions that are exposed when an automobile arrives one day.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Steampunk! - Ed. Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant 8 Jan 2012
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By Inspector Gadget VINE VOICE
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With Steampunk becoming the new 'in' thing in the world of literature, hopefully expelling Dark Romance, I thought I would give this anthology a go. It is such a fantastic, atmospheric genre with so many possibilities. It is an aesthetic that has influenced directors such as Hayao Miyazaki and Guillermo Del Toro. Even Back to the Future Part III can be considered as steampunk. Sadly, some of the stories published in this book are not the best examples and some barely qualify as belonging to the genre. Editors Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant could have short-listed a better selection. The good stories among them raise the overall rating.

The stories are as follows, chronologically:

"Some Fortunate Future Day" by Cassandra Clare

A girl left alone by her father during an unspecified war struggles to fill time as the household robots go about their business with decreasing competence as there is no one to maintain them. She longs for company, for love, despite not fully understanding what it is. When an injured young soldier lands in her back yard she nurses him back to health, hoping for a Florence Nightingale effect. When her efforts fail she uses her father's time travel device to give it another shot. A bit of a depressing story, though it did create an interesting world in its concise length.

"The Last Ride of the Glory Girls" by Libba Bray

In a old-west setting populated with religious nuts and lower-classes kept docile and obedient with heroin, a young girl goes undercover in an all-teenage girl outlaw gang who have a device that can slow down time. With the device repaired they can rob trains, and this set-up sounds exciting, but nothing ever becomes of it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok but not great 5 May 2013
By Arioch
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Like all anthologies, a mix of good and less good stories. Some were not even steampunk, or not as I understand it, while others were right on the button.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous fiction, dear boy! 6 Mar 2012
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A brilliant collection of stories from a group of extremely talented authors!
I haven't finished the book yet (one or two wee stories to go yet), but I have NOT been disappointed this far!
From under-the-sea adventures, up-in-an-airship adventures, one or two hand-drawn stories, you get it all here.
There's even an interesting story set in Ancient Rome!

Brilliantly concieved. :)
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