Steampunk

Steampunk

By Ann VanderMeer (Editor); Jeff VanderMeer (Editor)

Tachyon Publications, Paperback, 9781892391759, 373pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2008

Description
Steampunk is Victorian elegance and modern technology: steam-driven robots, souped-up stagecoaches, and space-faring dirigibles fueled by gaslight romance, mad scientists, and oh-so-trim waistcoats. It's "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen," "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," "The Wizard of Oz," and "The Golden Compass."
Replete with whimsical mechanical wonders and bold adventurers, this riveting anthology lovingly collects classic steampunk stories, pop culturefueled discussions of steampunk, and essential recommended reading lists for the discerning steampunk fan.
From the editors of "The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric and Discredited Diseases" and "The New Weird," this is steampunk. Hang on tight.


About the Author
Hugo Award winner Ann VanderMeer and World Fantasy Award-winner Jeff VanderMeer have recently coedited such anthologies as Best American Fantasy #1 & 2, Steampunk, Steampunk Reloaded, The New Weird, Last Drink Bird Head, and Fast Ships, Black Sails. They are the coauthors of The Kosher Guide to Imaginary Animals. Future projects include The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Fictions, for Atlantic. Jeff's latest books are the novel Finch, a World Fantasy Award and Nebula Award finalist; the story collection The Third Bear; the nonfiction collection Monstrous Creatures; the coffee-table book The Steampunk Bible (with S. J. Chambers); and the writing strategy guide Booklife. Ann is the editor in chief of Weird Tales magazine and has a regular art column on the popular SF/fantasy Web site io9. Together, they have been profiled by National Public Radio and the New York Times' Papercuts blog. They are active teachers, and have taught at Clarion San Diego, Odyssey, and the teen writing camp Shared Worlds, for which Jeff serves as the assistant director. They live in Tallahassee, Florida, with too many books and four cats.

JEFF VANDERMEER is a two-time winner of the World Fantasy Award. He has been nominated for the Hugo Award, the Philip K. Dick Award, the International Horror Guild Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Bram Stoker Award and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award. His most recent books have made the year s best lists of Publishers Weekly, the San Francisco Chronicle and many others. His writing has appeared in various publications, including The New York Times Book Review. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.

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Praise For Steampunk

"Highly recommended for all libraries that collect speculative fiction."  Library Journal



"VanderMeers, ardent steampunkers themselves, historically sample that fantasy genre, in which the Victorian era is reimagined to include Martian technology, steam-powered robots, airships, alchemy, and various anachronistic technologies."  Booklist



"Both fans of steampunk and readers for whom it's a foreign concept should find this collection rewarding."  Kirkus Reviews

"Jeff VanderMeer is one of the most remarkable practitioners of the literary fantastic in America today."  Locus

"It is as if a mad scientist had done all his shopping at Victoriana instead of Sharper Image . . . effectively captures what the steampunk genre is all about."  Los Angeles Times



"From the inception of Steampunk right up through today . . . a great book . . . I can't put it down."  boingboing.net

"This new collection of previously published stories spotlights some of the best short work in the subgenre."  San Francisco Chronicle



"If you want to go deeper into realms where high tech and the old world meet, be sure to pick up the Steampunk anthology edited by Ann and Jeff Vandermeer."  San Francisco Examiner