Edited by Ann & Jeff VanderMeer
Review by Mary Rose-Shaffer
Tachyon Publications Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781892391759
Date: 01 May 2008 List Price $14.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Ann and Jeff VanderMeer are well-established in the Science Fiction and Fantasy arena. They are known as reliable, knowledgeable editors, each in their own right. Their introduction to the volume describes it well as a "blend of the traditional and idiosyncratic" - bringing together stories from the early 1970s to 2007. All thirteen fiction pieces are from previously published sources, many by very well-known figures in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and mainstream literature. One piece is an excerpt from the novel The Warlord of the Air by Michael Moorcock featuring an alternative British Empire's air forces engaged in an airship battle. Fought with dirigibles (or airships), of course. Several stories are quite long - more novella-length - balanced with shorter pieces. From official release/information:
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 advancesósynthesizing 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.
(Source: Tachyon Publications)