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Overview

Imagine an alternate universe where romance and technology reign. Where tinkerers and dreamers craft and recraft a world of automatons, ornate clockworks, calculating machines, and other marvels that never were. Where scientists and schoolgirls, fair folk and Romans, intergalactic bandits, Utopian revolutionaries, and intrepid orphans — decked out in corsets, clockwerk suits, and tall black boots — solve dastardly crimes, escape from monstrous predicaments, consult oracles, and hover over volcanoes in steam-powered airships.

Here, in the first major steampunk anthology for young adults, fourteen masters of speculative fiction, including two graphic storytellers, embrace the genre’s established blend of sci-fi and fantasy, action and adventure, history and romance, and refashion it in surprising ways and in settings as diverse as Canada, New Zealand, Appalachia, Wales, ancient Rome, future Australia, and alternate California.

Visionaries Link and Grant have invited all-new interpretations, explorations, and expansions, taking a genre already rich, strange, and inventive in the extreme and challenging contributors to remake it from the ground up. The result is an anthology that defies even as it defines the genre.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Veteran editors Link and Grant serve up a delicious mix of original stories from 14 skilled writers and artists. Among the many high points: Cassandra Clare’s creepy “Some Fortunate Future Day,” in which a lonely girl, grown bored with her sentient clockwork dolls, develops a crush on a wounded soldier; Libba Bray’s subversively funny “The Last Ride of the Glory Girls,” which concerns a girl gang robbing trains and dirigibles on another planet (presumably a future Mars) heavily reminiscent of the Old West; Holly Black’s humorous and romantic “Everything Amiable and Obliging,” whose heroine, a rich orphan, must deal with her feelings toward her cousin and persuade his sister not to marry her clockwork dance instructor; and M.T. Anderson’s magisterial “The Oracle Engine,” which explores the political complexities resulting from the Roman Empire’s development of a Rube Goldberg–like supercomputer. Chockful of gear-driven automatons, looming dirigibles, and wildly implausible time machines, these often baroque, intensely anachronistic tales should please steampunks of all ages. As the lovelorn, mechanically gifted “hero” of comics artist Shawn Cheng’s contribution says, “The world is a machine. Imperfect parts together in a perfect arrangement.” Ages 14–up. (Oct.)
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Steampunk is hot at the moment in literature, art and fashion: This collection taps into the ethos without ever seeming topical or transient, thanks to contributions rich with much more than just steam and brass fittings. . . . An excellent collection, full of unexpected delights.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Veteran editors Link and Grant serve up a delicious mix of original stories from 14 skilled writers and artists...Chockful of gear-driven automatons, looming dirigibles, and wildly implausible time machines, these often baroque, intensely anachronistic tales should please steampunks of all ages.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Within these pages, there's a little something for everyone...This exceptional anthology does great service to the steampunk subgenre and will do much to further its audience.
—School Library Journal (starred review)

Editors Link and Gavin treat fans, old and new, to an array of fantastically rich stories in this polished, outstanding collection...the result is an anthology that is almost impossible to put down... From rebellious motorists to girl bandits, the characters in this imaginative collection shine, and there isn't a weak story in the mix; each one offers depth and delight.
—Booklist (starred review)

It is about time that steampunk short stories really got a focused and creative exploration in YA lit, and this anthology of fourteen pieces is an excellent start.
—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)

Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
Do you like robots and things that go clank in the night as part of your sci fi/fantasy stories? Then, this is the book for you. The first story, "Some Fortunate Day," is about Rose who lives alone in her father's mansion with all of the robots he invented. She falls in love with a wounded pilot, but learns he doesn't love her back. After he leaves her, she remembers her father left behind a time-changing device, giving her infinitesimal chances to win the pilot's love. Of course, who can resist one of Libba Bray's stories? This one's about a girl with a time-warping machine, which she uses to help the Glory Girls rob trains. Interspersed throughout the book are graphic stories, which visually depict human emotions (don't all stories?). The stories are set in different eras or different realities, and some have messages about the danger of living through machines; on a whole, though, there is a happy coexistence of human and machine. Creative writing teachers should especially like this book as a jumping off point for opening their students' imaginations. Includes stories by many leading authors: Cassandra Clare ("Some Fortunate Future Day"), Libba Bray ("The Last Ride of the Glory Girls"), Cory Doctorow ("Clockwork Fagin"), Shawn Cheng ("Seven Days Beset by Demons"), Ysabeau S. Wilce ("Hand in Glove"), Delia Sherman ("The Ghost of Cwmlech Manor"), Elizabeth Knox ("Gesthemane"), Kelly Link ("The Summer People"), Garth Nix ("Peace in Our Time"), Christopher Rowe ("Nowhere Fast"), Kathleen Jennings ("Finishing School"), Dylan Horrocks ("Steam Girl"), Holly Black ("Everything Amiable and Obliging"), and M. T. Anderson ("The Oracle Engine"). Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan
School Library Journal - Audio
Gr 8 Up—Fourteen of today's most celebrated young adult authors have collaborated to create this anthology featuring short stories about alternate worlds. Adventure, romance, and, of course, steam-fueled clockwork combine to power this wonderfully inventive collection. Libba Bray's "Last Ride of the Glory Girls" is the highlight of these selections. Read in a sleepy Texas drawl, this otherworldly narrative tells of a young woman getting mixed up with an all-girl band of outlaws who use a time-stopping device to rob trains. Also memorable are Cory Doctorow's "Clockwork Fagin," in which a group of crippled orphans dispose of their cruel caretaker and replace him with a mechanical replica; and Kelly Link's "The Summer People," a hauntingly beautiful tale about a young girl's plot to escape the strange family to whom she is eternally bound in servitude. The collection's two graphic offerings, Shawn Cheng's "Seven Days Beset by Demons" and "Kathleen Jennings's Finishing School," are presented digitally on a bonus disc. These gems could easily get overlooked by listeners—so librarians might want to make note of the bonus offering on the audiobook packaging. Among the authors represented are M. T. Anderson, Holly Black, Elizabeth Knox, Garth Nix, Cassandra Clare, and others. The multiple readers do a fantastic job narrating these tales, employing everything from a Southern twang to an Irish brogue to bring the stories and their characters to life. This anthology has something for everyone and would make a worthy addition to libraries with a high demand for steampunk. However, considering not all stories translate into audio format, libraries may want to offer patrons the print alternative as well.—Alissa LeMerise, Oxford Public Library, MI
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Most readers have become familiar with the essential steampunk elements: clockwork automatons, brass goggles, mad scientists, brave adventurers, and Victorian imagery. However, this collection of short stories by some of the best YA authors today, including Libba Bray, Garth Nix, and Cory Doctorow, offers something different and takes the steampunk ethos to a new level. Within these pages, there's a little something for everyone. For the romantic, there is Holly Black's "Everything Amiable and Obliging," in which a clockwork automaton exceeds the bounds of its programming and falls in love with the beautiful daughter of its employer. And for the disillusioned, there is Link's lovely and eerily sad "The Summer People," in which a girl in Appalachia is forced to care for the mysterious inhabitants of an unusual house. M. T. Anderson's "The Oracle Engine" is an alternate version of the story of Crassus of Rome that will delight history buffs. And Dylan Horrocks's "Steam Girl," the story of an unusual girl with steampunk sensibilities in modern times, will resonate with those who feel as though they don't quite belong. Two stories told in comic book format will appeal to graphic-novel fans. There is not a weak story in the bunch. This exceptional anthology does great service to the steampunk subgenre and will do much to further its audience.—Heather M. Campbell, formerly at Philip S. Miller Library, Castle Rock, CO
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455822089
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 10/11/2011
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged, 1 MP3-CD, 12 hrs. 47 min.
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Kelly Link is the author of three acclaimed short story collections and a collection for young adults. Her stories have appeared in several anthologies, including The Restless Dead, and have won the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Tiptree, British Science Fiction, and World Fantasy Awards. Born in Scotland, Gavin J. Grant moved to the U.S. in 1991. He has written for the Los Angeles Times, Bookslut, and Time Out New York, is still a zine reviewer for Xerography Debt, and has published stories in several literary magazines. He and Kelly Link and their daughter live in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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  • Posted January 18, 2012

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    Recommend it to all steampunk fans!

    This book has something for all steampunk fans. Some were more "steampunkish" than the others. Cassandra Clare's 'Some fortunate future day' was too short to like or understand the main character. 2 more pages describing what motivated Rose's actions would have done it more justice. Also when compared to the others, this one fell short. 'The Last Ride of the Glory Girls' and 'The Ghost of Cwmlech Manor' were good but predictable. 'Clockwork Fagin' was the best of all and stayed true to the genre. There were two graphic novels included in the book which I thought was a welcome break. I liked 'Seven Days Beset by Demons' better than 'The Finishing School'. The former was short and simple while the latter was hard to follow. 'Hand in Glove' is a detective story which I liked despite the ending. It had great character development except for the mysterious murderer. I just didn't get it. 'Gethsemane', was enjoyable but I felt that the ending was rushed. 'The Summer People' was creepy or atleast I thought so. It had an ominous feeling to it from the start. I was asking myself what would I have I done if I were in her shoes. The others were less memorable except for 'Steam Girl' which was ok. flag

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2013

    Lol

    Best book ever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2012

    Tori

    She looks at u thoughtfully with her bright blue eyes for a second trying to geuss your age

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

    One of The best steampunk books I hav Awesome

    I absolutely love this book definitely reccomend it

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    Posted January 2, 2014

    To tori

    Who r u talking to

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