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Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded by Ann…

Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded

by Ann VanderMeer (Editor), Jeff VanderMeer (Editor)

Other authors: Daniel Abraham (Contributor), Stephen Baxter (Contributor), Vilhelm Bergse (Contributor), Gail Carriger (Contributor), G. D. Falksen (Contributor)23 more, Jeffrey Ford (Contributor), William Gibson (Contributor), James L. Grant (Contributor), Samantha Henderson (Contributor), Dan Jones (Cover artist), Caitlín R. Kiernan (Contributor), Andrew Knighton (Contributor), Marc Laidlaw (Contributor), Margo Lanagan (Contributor), Tanith Lee (Contributor), Lisa Mantchev (Contributor), Ann Monn (Cover designer), Shweta Narayan (Contributor), David Erik Nelson (Contributor), Jess Nevins (Contributor), Sydney Padua (Contributor), Cherie Priest (Contributor), Chris Roberson (Contributor), Margaret Ronald (Contributor), Ramsey Shehadeh (Contributor), The Mecha-Ostrich (Contributor), Catherynne M. Valente (Contributor), Jake von Slatt (Contributor)

Series: Steampunk Anthologies (2)

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Collection of stories in a sub-genre of science fiction/fantasy. I really liked Catherynne M. Valente's story "The anachronist's cookbook" as it was really the only story with a strong dose of feminism. Cherie Priest's "Tanglefoot," about a young boy who creates his own automaton who then basically begins sabotaging things around him, was simply creepy. Samantha Henderson's "Wild Copper," with Titania and Oberon making an appearance, had a more traditionally touch of fantasy that I liked, and William Gibson's "The Germsback Continuum" seemed oddly realistic to me. Really intriguing collection of stories. I do feel like I rushed myself a little bit on it, though, and I didn't actually read everything. ( )
  gossamerchild88 | Mar 30, 2018 |
Somehow, this took me a long time to work my way through. None of the stories were terrible, and some were great. My favorites included: Shweat Narayan, The Mechanical Aviary of Emperor Jalal-ud-din Muhammad Akbar; Stephen Baxter, The Unblinking Eye (which ends inconclusively within the world of the story, but with a great reveal for the reader); and Margaret Ronald, A Serpent in the Gears. At least the first two of these, strictly speaking, reach well beyond steampunk into fantasy, or alternate history; and what makes each so effective is that it has a strong and interesting story/idea at the core. Other stories suffer from the characteristic flaw of weak steampunk - distinctive Victorian trappings, but no heart. One of the last stories in the book, Vilhelm Bergsoe, Flying Fish Prometheus, is reminiscent of a Jules Verne (mis-)adventure. First published in Danish in 1870, and translated into English for the first time in this collection, it compares favorably with the rest of the stories by living authors. ( )
  bezoar44 | Oct 12, 2014 |
This was a pretty stellar collection. Not only were the individual stories consistently interesting (and varied, which, given that they were all collected under the "steampunk" banner, I did not dare to hope for) but there were authors from all over the world, which is a lovely treat.

I didn't care as much for the long absurdist piece at the end or the non-fiction essays (which seemed rather slight) but all the traditional-format short stories were lovely. ( )
  JeremyPreacher | Mar 30, 2013 |
Steampunk Reloaded is a rather good collection of steampunk tales. It has it's ups and downs, but overall the stories are enjoyable. Along with the stories, there are a couple of interesting non-fiction pieces and a round-table interview about the future of steampunk.

Here are a few of the stories that I especially enjoyed:
-- In "The Unblinking Eye" by Stephen Baxter, Europe has advanced steam technology, but has never ventured toward the new world. Rather it is the Incas, who have developed their own advanced technology, and have ventured into lands unknown, colonizing each new territory they come across. come to pay Europe a visit.
-- Caitlin R. Kiernan tells the story of a maimed young woman, who has been outfitted with steam-powered limbs in "The Steam Dancer."
-- "The Mechanical Aviary of Emperor Jalal-ud-din Muhammad Akbar" by Shweta Narayan, presents a new take on a traditional folktale, involving the beautiful clockwork birds of the Emperor's aviary.
-- "Wild Copper" by Samantha Henderson can barely be labeled steampunk genre. It's more of a fairy story, in which a girl offers to serve Oberon to save her brother. Steampunk or not, this is still a great tale.
-- An lonely orphan builds himself a mechanical friend in "Tanglefoot (A Clockwork Century Story)" by Cherie Priest. But his souless begins to take on a life of its own.
-- "The Anachronist's Cookbook" by Catherynne Valente rails against the accepted politics of a steampowered era as it presents the exploits of an angry and vicious young woman.

While there were a couple of stories that I was not a fan of (i.e., "A Secret History of Steampunk" by The Mecha-Ostrich and "Flying Fish Prometheus" by Vilhelm Bergsøe), overall I enjoyed this collection of steampunk fiction and art. ( )
  andreablythe | Mar 29, 2011 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
VanderMeer, AnnEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
VanderMeer, JeffEditormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Abraham, DanielContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baxter, StephenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bergse, VilhelmContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Carriger, GailContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Falksen, G. D.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ford, JeffreyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gibson, WilliamContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Grant, James L.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Henderson, SamanthaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jones, DanCover artistsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kiernan, Caitlín R.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Knighton, AndrewContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Laidlaw, MarcContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lanagan, MargoContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lee, TanithContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mantchev, LisaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Monn, AnnCover designersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Narayan, ShwetaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nelson, David ErikContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nevins, JessContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Padua, SydneyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Priest, CherieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Roberson, ChrisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ronald, MargaretContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shehadeh, RamseyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
The Mecha-OstrichContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Valente, Catherynne M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
von Slatt, JakeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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An anthology of short stories by various authors set in alternate Victorian eras populated by steam-powered robots, mad scientists, and futuristic heroes.

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