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Steampunk Revolution features a renegade collective of writers and artists, including steampunk legends and hot, new talents rebooting the steam-driven past and powering it into the future. Lev Grossman’s “Sir Ranulph Wykeham-Rackham, GBE, a.k.a. Roboticus the All-Knowing” is the ...
Steampunk Revolution features a renegade collective of writers and artists, including steampunk legends and hot, new talents rebooting the steam-driven past and powering it into the future. Lev Grossman’s “Sir Ranulph Wykeham-Rackham, GBE, a.k.a. Roboticus the All-Knowing” is the Six-Million-Dollar Steampunk Man, possessing appendages and workings recycled from metal parts, yet also fully human, resilient, and determined. Bruce Sterling’s “White Fungus” introduces steampunk’s younger cousin, salvage-punk, speculating on how cities will be built in the future using preexisting materials. Cat Valente’s “Mother Is a Machine” explores the merging of man and machine and a whole new form of parenting. In Jeff VanderMeer’s anti-steampunk story “Fixing Hanover,” a creator must turn his back on his creation because it is so utterly destructive. And Cherie Priest presents “The Clockroach,” a new and very unsettling mode of transportation.
Going far beyond corsets and goggles, Steampunk Revolution is not just your granddad’s zeppelin—it’s an even wilder ride.
“VanderMeer’s follow-up to previous similarly themed anthologies targets established fans of the retro-infatuated steampunk movement.”
“This third volume of the acclaimed Steampunk anthology series features an international cast of authors and a revolutionary take on the wonders of Steam. As steampunk continues to gain in popularity, these new tales and fresh tropes from established steampunk storytellers and new exciting talents reconcile Victorian pleasantries with passionate ideologies, reinvigorating the genre.”
“Demonstrates the power of a well-orchestrated collection...a must-have for any fan of the subgenre.”
“The 27 stories gathered here are therefore noteworthy both because of their subject matter as well as for the way they stretch the stylistics of Steampunk in new and different directions.”
“These stories have something everyone can enjoy.”
Verdict Those already familiar with the steampunk basics will welcome this new addition, which expands this subgenre’s borders and helps readers examine technology and society.—Sara Schepis, East Fishkill Community Lib., Hopewell Junction, NY(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Posted August 22, 2014
Right after the Industrial Revolution happened in London, a civil war broke out. Some rebelled against the monarchy while the others fought for them.
A particular man, who shall not be named, least his heritage be shamed for his acts, was a genius; he was an inventor, as well.
He created useful household objects that made life easier, usually, but when the war broke out and he lost his eldest son to it, he began to turn his creations to arms. He supported the rebels, so he gave his new weapons to them. It was a costly mistake...
He created a bomb so powerful, it would tear the ground apart and kill everything in a certain radius. Without question, the rebels used it; its power was despairingly underestimated.
It distrupted the entire world, sending great cracks through the crust. The ocean flooded them, toppling great mountains and filling the skies with dust and debris.
When it finally settled, only a handful of people survived. They were shocked and disdraught at what mankind had done. They rounded up the remaining animals and people and began to rebuild... A city in the clouds...
They used airships to travel around; some of the best pilots in the history of humankind were born. Life began to become a joy again...