The Mammoth Book of Steampunk

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An anthology that looks to the future through the lens of the past, these 30 mash-ups of past and future push the boundaries of steampunk.

This is steampunk with a modern, post-colonial sensibility. Contributors include: Jeff VanderMeer, Caitlín Kiernan, Mary Robinette Kowal, Jay Lake, Cherie Priest, Cat Rambo, Catherynne M. Valente, Genevieve Valentine, and many more.

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Overview

An anthology that looks to the future through the lens of the past, these 30 mash-ups of past and future push the boundaries of steampunk.

This is steampunk with a modern, post-colonial sensibility. Contributors include: Jeff VanderMeer, Caitlín Kiernan, Mary Robinette Kowal, Jay Lake, Cherie Priest, Cat Rambo, Catherynne M. Valente, Genevieve Valentine, and many more.

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In her introduction to this truly mammoth collection, Ekaterina Sedia posits that steampunk shares one, and probably only one characteristic with pornography: It is "difficult to describe beyond the superficial, but one just knows it when one sees it." Actually, Sedia's own intro title ("Looking to the Future through the Lens of the Past") can serve as a reliable portal into this vital, still-evolving new sub-genre. This surprisingly inexpensive, 512-page anthology provides dozens of works by grandmasters of steampunk, including Neil Gaiman, Paul Di Filippo, Mary Robinson Kowal, Lisa Mantchev, Michael Moorcock, Cherie Priest, Catherynne M. Valente, and Cat Rambo.

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World Fantasy Award–winning editor Wallace (Fantasy) has compiled an outstanding anthology of 30 stories (including four originals) sure to satisfy even the most jaded steampunk fans and engage newcomers and skeptics. The best steampunk writers, as Ekaterina Sedia says in her introduction, are engaged in an “examining and interrogation of the past”—critiquing historical sexism and racism via the possibilities created by fantastical technology. The results are delightful: the blinkered male narrator of Cat Rambo’s “Clockwork Fairies,” the steam-powered burlesque of Caitlin R. Kiernan’s “The Steam Dancer (1896),” the lonely Australian wife of Margo Lanagan’s Bluebeardesque “Machine Maid,” and the chameleonic political activist at the center of Catherynne M. Valente’s “The Anachronist’s Cookbook.” Aliette de Bodard and Tobias S. Buckell offer vivid re-imaginings of the Aztecs, and Shweta Narayan and Amal El-Mohtar’s stories take place in fantastic versions of the Middle East. Each story exemplifies steampunk’s knack for critiquing both the past and the present, in a superb anthology that demands rereading. (June)
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"…sure to satisfy even the most jaded steampunk fans and engage newcomers and skeptics… Each story exemplifies steampunk’s knack for critiquing both the past and the present, in a superb anthology that demands rereading."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762444687
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/5/2012
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 475,006
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Sean Wallace is an American science fiction and fantasy editor and publisher. He lives in Pennsylvania.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2014

    Awesome book that in the beginning has an excerpt explaining the

    Awesome book that in the beginning has an excerpt explaining the meaning and ideals behind "steampunk." The excerpt and stories are great beginning pieces for those just introduced to steampunk. I myself hated the idea of steampunk, but after reading the introduction and the short stories in the book I have  new found appreciation for the subject that is becoming so popular. A Must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    Highly entertaining

    I am a novice in the world of Steampunk, and found this collection of short stories to be both enlightening and entertaining.

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