Tuesday, August 12, 2008


Here's an anthology of stories representing the rapidly growing steampunk subgenre of science fiction. The stories are diverse and a mixed bag in terms of quality. Notables include a kabbalistic tale by popular author Michael Chabon, and some other big names (Ted Chiang, Paul Di Filippo). There's also a pretty good opening essay on just what steampunk means. It traces the roots to stories the author calls "Edisonades," in which the protagonist is typically an inventor who works to right some wrong or whatnot. Steampunk takes things farther by typically including a dystopic setting and including a world generally beyond the remedies proffered by a lone inventor, no matter how plucky.


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