Overview

Discover original steampunk tales in this anthology of stories written before there were actual rocketships, atomic power, digital computers, or readily available electricity. The modern day steampunk genre is a reinventing of the past through the eyes of its inventors and adventures, but this collection is from real Victorians and Edwardians who saw the future potential of science and its daring possibilities. Steam-powered automobiles, submarines, and robots are featured alongside great airships and spaceships ...

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Steampunk Prime: A Vintage Steampunk Reader

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Overview

Discover original steampunk tales in this anthology of stories written before there were actual rocketships, atomic power, digital computers, or readily available electricity. The modern day steampunk genre is a reinventing of the past through the eyes of its inventors and adventures, but this collection is from real Victorians and Edwardians who saw the future potential of science and its daring possibilities. Steam-powered automobiles, submarines, and robots are featured alongside great airships and spaceships in these bold and creative stories of hope, triumph, and disaster.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Prolific anthologist Ashley (The Mammoth Book of Extreme Fantasy) digs deep into literary history to find 14 proto-steampunk stories written between 1880 and 1914. From these contemporaries of Wells, Verne, and Shelley come tales of robotic humanity ("The Automaton" by Reginald Bacchus and Ranger Gull) and exploration of the poles and center of the earth ("From Pole to Pole" by George Griffith). The future holds cold sleep, world government, and space travel in George Lathrop's "In the Deep of Time" and global catastrophe in Ernest Favenc's "What the Rats Brought" and George C. Wallis's "The Last Days of Earth." These tales have the pulpy goodness steampunk fans adore and a literary veneer of contemporary realism, but dated writing and simplistic plots will deter readers not already invested in Victoriana. (Nov.)
School Library Journal
Within this collection, readers will find romance, mystery, adventure, and, of course, the iconic steampunk airship.
Library Journal
A fugitive automaton seeks help from a writer of popular fiction in "Mr. Broadbent's Information," written by Henry Hearing in 1909, while a man and a woman contemplate the end of their frozen world and their role in humanity's survival in George C. Wallis's "The Last Days of Earth" (1901). Compiled by a noted editor in the fields of sf, crime fiction, and the supernatural, the 14 stories by Victorian and Edwardian visionaries showcase themes familiar to today's steampunk authors: international cabals, mechanical men, and the wonders of electricity and scientific inventions. Other authors featured here include Fred C. Smale, Jean Jaubert, and George Griffith. VERDICT This anthology should have greatest appeal among fans of Victorian and Edwardian literature, with its stylistic attributes, as well as those interested in the history of the steampunk genre.
School Library Journal
Gr 10 Up—Steampunk has seen a surge in popularity in recent years. Many books for children and teens have incorporated some of the genre's more popular elements, such as clockwork automatons, mad scientists, intrepid adventurers, and steam-powered technology. But to truly appreciate steampunk, one must go back to the very beginning, back to the time when the technology in the stories wasn't anachronistic, but rather, was visionary. This collection, written around the beginning of the 19th century, includes stories set in the early 1900s as well as those set in a distant future. They all have in common a Victorian sensibility and an idea of the possibilities inherent in technology, whether dangerous or beneficial to mankind. Included among them is the tale of an eerily constructed automaton that longs to be free from his oppressive creator, a nearly deadly train trip through a tunnel across the Strait of Gibraltar, a man frozen and reawakened in a far-distant future where he discovers a love he thought lost, a story of vampire bats that feed on the blood of humans, and the story of our world almost destroyed by a new method of food production. Within this collection, readers will find romance, mystery, adventure, and, of course, the iconic steampunk airship.—Heather M. Campbell, formerly at Philip S. Miller Library, Castle Rock, CO
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933065199
  • Publisher: NonStop Press
  • Publication date: 7/14/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 414,306
  • File size: 542 KB

Meet the Author

Mike Ashley is the author and editor of more than 90 books in the fields of science fiction, crime fiction, and the supernatural. He won an Edgar Award for The Mammoth Encyclopaedia of Crime Fiction, a Stoker Award for The Supernatural Index, and the Pilgrim Award for lifetime contribution to science fiction research. Paul Di Filippo has over twenty-five published books to his credit. He lives in Providence, RI, USA, with his mate of three decades, Deborah Newton.

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  • Posted April 28, 2012

    This is a set of old science fiction stories but not anything th

    This is a set of old science fiction stories but not anything that I would consider as steampunk.

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    Posted December 30, 2011

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