Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantasically Rich and Strange Stories

CD - unabridged
Audio (12 discs)
Product Number: BN0377
Released: Oct 11, 2011
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781455822065
Narrator/s: Various
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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Imagine an alternate universe where romance and technology reign. Where tinkerers and dreamers craft and re-craft a world of automatons, ornate clockworks, calculating machines, and other marvels that never were. Where scientists and schoolgirls, fair folk and Romans, intergalactic bandits, Utopian revolutionaries, and intrepid orphans - decked out in corsets, clockwerk suits, and tall black boots - solve dastardly crimes, escape from monstrous predicaments, consult oracles, and hover over volcanoes in steam-powered airships. Here, in the first major steampunk anthology for young adults, fourteen masters of speculative fiction, including two graphic storytellers, embrace the genre's established blend of sci-fi and fantasy, action and adventure, history and romance, and refashion it in surprising ways and in settings as diverse as Canada, New Zealand, Appalachia, Wales, ancient Rome, future Australia, and alternate California. Visionaries Link and Grant have invited all-new interpretations, explorations, and expansions, taking a genre already rich, strange, and inventive in the extreme and challenging contributors to remake it from the ground up. The result is an anthology that defies even as it defines the genre.

Professional reviews

"Fourteen young adult authors push the envelope of steampunk to present tales that feature automatons, gadgets, dirigibles, brave teens, and all in fabulous, exotic locales (but never Victorian London). Listeners will be drawn deep into an alien frontier world, rural Virginia, Wales, ancient Rome, and more, and as each setting varies, so do the expert narrations. Listeners will enjoy hearing about the adventures of "Steam Girl," fairies who hold their keeper with trinkets that grant wishes, and thieves who are able to stop time to rob trains. The only disappointment is that listeners are not treated to the text of the two graphic tales contained in the printed collection. J.M. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"