Publication Date: May 2008
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Replete with whimsical mechanical wonders and charmingly anachronistic settings, this pioneering anthology gathers a brilliant blend of fantastical stories. Steampunk originates in the romantic elegance of the Victorian era and blends in modern scientific advancessynthesizing imaginative technologies such as steam-driven robots, analog supercomputers, and ultramodern dirigibles. The elegant allure of this popular new genre is represented in this rich collection by distinctively talented authors, including Neal Stephenson, Michael Chabon, James Blaylock, Michael Moorcock, and Joe R. Lansdale.
"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