They are here: fourteen masters of steampunk fiction, including two graphic storytellers. With tales which takes us from ancient Rome, a futuristic Australia, Appalachia, to an alternate California. All creating alternate universes and a hegemony of romance and technology.
Places where tinkerers and idealists forge and re-forge future worlds stuffed with automatons, clockworks, and calculating machines.
Where “mad” scientists and schoolgirls, plebeians and Romans, intergalactic bandits, idealistic revolutionaries or and brave orphans solve crimes, escape from monstrous situations, consult oracles, and hover over hot volcanoes in steam-powered airships.
I have to admit, this collection is gracefully organized, starting with popular selections from Libba Bray (girl power in the Old West) and Cassie Clare (unrequited love, talking dolls and second chances) and then moving into less well-known steam punk authors.
A couple of graphics mix with literary like Elizabeth Knox (a dark, dreamy and tragic look at the nuances of relationships) and co-editor Link (whose “Summer People” riffs on old tales of Faeries and humans). Steampunk is hot now in literature, art, and fashion. Not to mention steampunk movies! And “Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories” is much more than just steam and brass fittings.
With this compilation, Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant have taken a genre already rich, strange, and inventive to embrace its established themes and refashion them in surprising ways and settings. The result is an anthology that defies its genre even as it defines it.
Fascinating anthology, fourteen genuine steam punk stories, and not a dud among them!
Chockful of gear-driven automatons, looming dirigibles, and wildly implausible time machines . . . should please steampunks of all ages.” – Publishers Weekly (starred review)