Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories

"Chockful of gear-driven automatons, looming dirigibles, and wildly fantastic time machines . . . should still please steampunks of all ages." — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Imagine another universe the place tinkerers and dreamers craft and re-craft an international of automatons, clockworks, calculating machines, and different marvels that by no means have been. Visionaries Kelly hyperlink and Gavin J. supply have taken a style already wealthy, unusual, and creative and challenged fourteen masters of speculative fiction, together with photo storytellers, to include its proven topics and refashion them in superb methods and settings. the result's an anthology that defies its style while it defines it.

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