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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 -- synthesising imaginative technologies such as steam-driven robots, analogue 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.
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 Kelvin’s 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