Steamfunk!by Milton J. Davis (Editor), Balogun Ojetade (Editor), Marcellus Jackson (Illustrator)
A witch, more machine than human, judges the character of the wicked and hands out justice in a ravaged Chicago. John Henry wields his mighty hammers in a war against machines and the undead. Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman rule a country of freed slaves that rivals - and often bests - England and France in power and technology. You will find all this - and much more - between the pages of Steamfunk, an anthology of incredible stories by some of today's greatest authors of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Steamfunk - African and African American-inspired Steampunk.
Editors Milton Davis and Balogun Ojetade have put together a masterful work guaranteed to transport you to new worlds. Worlds of adventure; of terror; of war and wonder; of iron and steam. Open these pages and traverse the lumineferous aether to the world of Steamfunk!
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I interrupted my kung-fu and read this anthology to see if there is a story within it that can be developed into a film. There is only one problem13 of the fourteen stories could ALL be hit films! Pissed me off! Seriously, this is a great book. I am into strong characterization and, for me, Balogun Ojetade's John Henry and Lana are two of the best realized characters in Steampunk. The whole community of fiction is what I mean. I would love to see Rite of Passage: Blood and Iron on the big screen. My second favorite is Malon Edwards' Mudholes and Mississippi Mules. I'm a sucker for killer women (literally) and Malon's heroine teeters on the horrific. Reading his story, I didn't know whether to laugh, cry, vomit, or go potty in my pants. Oddly enough, that's a good thing. My only complaint is that there was really no need for two John Henry stories. I would give you four stars for that, but Raydeen Graffam's A Will of Iron is so well-written that I'll still give you five stars, but if you make that kind of faux pas in Book 2, I'm gon' penalize y'all. Can you dig it? So here's five stars for y'all, one for each finger of the Black power fist Black Dynomite is holding up right now. Black Dynomite loves Steamfunk, 'cause it's steamy and it's funky! Can you dig it? Sooweeeee!
This book is psychoalphadiscobetadopedoodoolicious! Translation: Steamfunk is an incredible anthology, masterfully written and beautifully packaged. The stories are of the highest calibre, with standouts "Oh, Western Wind, by Carole McDonnell; "Rite of Passage: Blood and Iron", by Balogun Ojetade; "Once A Spider", by Rebecca Kyle; and "Mudholes and Mississippi Mules", by Malon Edwards. From a post-apocalyptic Chicago, to the forests of Virginia, to Korea, to outer space, the black people in the "Steamfunk!" anthology make their mark with steam-powered technology and leave an indelible mark on the soul of the reader. At least, if you experience this book in the way I did.I am forever changed by this anthology. The pride I felt when I left the theater after watching Django Unchained pales in comparison to the pride I feel now. The pride and empowerment.Steamfunk has made it cool to be Black. Cool to be a nerd. Cool to be a Black nerd who loves Steampunk. I am eternally grateful to editors Milton Davis and Balogun Ojetade for having the wisdom to see the value in such a book and the tenacity to see it come to fruition.Get this book! Hollywood directors: Get. This. Book! There are fourteen hit movies inside. High schools...colleges...universities...libraries...get this book, or your students will raze your edifice to the ground when they discover you don't have this anthology on your shelves or in your classrooms. I read - on average - thirty books a year. I will write a review for one or two exceptional ones. As I do not foresee any book topping this one in 2013, I think I have already filled my quota. Five SHINY stars!
I recently finished this amazing work and I must say it is the best anthology I have ever had the pleasure of reading and I have read many in nearly every genre you can name. Yeah, Steamfunk is really that good! Honestly, I did not read the book in order, as I was a fan of three of the authors and I read their stories first. I am now a huge fan of all fourteen of these highly talented writers and will certainly break myself this year catching up on all of their works. After a stirring introduction by Steamfunk’s co-editor, Balogun Ojetade – a big name in Steampunk and considered to be the leading authority on Steamfunk – the anthology got underway with a bang with The Delivery, a literary masterpiece from author and Steamfunk co-editor, Milton J. Davis. The Delivery imagines a world in which the Haitian Revolution reaches the shores of the United States, bringing about a series of events that leads to the founding of Freedonia, a nation of formerly enslaved black people, lead by President Frederick Douglass and his Vice-President, Harriet Tubman. This story set the tone for what was to become, for me, a marathon read in which I took a vacation day from work and took a long weekend immersed in the wondrous and wonderful world that is Steamfunk. Yeah, Steamfunk is really that good! While all the stories are great, a few others absolutely blew me away like The Delivery did: Geoffrey Thorne's The Tunnel at the End of the Light and its jaunt through the aether is worthy of twenty Hugos and thirty-seven Nebulas. Hell, throw in a Pulitzer while you’re at it and maybe even an Emmy, which would be fitting, as Mr. Thorne will be recognized by many as Sgt. Wilson Sweet in the television series In the Heat of the Night. Balogun Ojetade’s Rite of Passage: Blood and Iron is a work of genius – and twisted as hell – which is to be expected, as Mr. Ojetade is a master of thrills, chills, twists and turns. What he does to Peter Pan is wrong...but oh, so RIGHT at the same time! He has made John Henry one of my most beloved heroes. Malon Edwards’ Mud Holes and Mississippi Mules – my favorite title for a story ever – is nearly as twisted as Ojetade’s Blood and Iron and just as brilliant. Edwards’ main character, Petal McQueen is a character who is at once terrifying and sympathetic and seems to be a living, breathing extension of the dirt, smoke and metal that is the essence of this twisted Chicago. Valjeanne Jeffers' The Switch gave us the much needed sexier side of Steamfunk and a world that demands to be revisited again and again. Although the five aforementioned stories are my favorites in the anthology and, indeed, are now my favorite stories period, don’t get it twisted – from start to finish, each story in Steamfunk kept me turning the pages, clamoring for more. They were - to borrow Balogun's catch-phrase - funktastic. I now look forward to "Steamfunk, Volume the Second", which they have promised will have a Dieselpunk theme. –For those who don’t know, Dieselpunk is a grittier sibling of Steampunk, set between the end of WWI and the end of WWII – think Jazz Age, Harlem Renaissance, Indiana Jones and Hellboy. Damn five stars...I give it fourteen - one for each funktastic author! Yeah, Steamfunk is really that good!
I couldn't help but think of all the great mini animes that could come from this book. We need more!