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Steampunk

de Ann VanderMeer (Editor), Jeff VanderMeer (Editor)

Altres autors: Bill Baker (Col·laborador), James P. Blaylock (Col·laborador), Molly Brown (Col·laborador), Michael Chabon (Col·laborador), Stepan Chapman (Col·laborador)12 més, Ted Chiang (Col·laborador), Paul Di Filippo (Col·laborador), Mary Gentle (Col·laborador), Rick Klaw (Col·laborador), Jay Lake (Col·laborador), Joe R Lansdale (Col·laborador), Ian R MacLeod (Col·laborador), Ann Monn (Autor de la coberta), Michael Moorcock (Col·laborador), Jess Nevins (Introducció), Rachel E. Pollock (Col·laborador), Neal Stephenson (Col·laborador)

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Features stories in which the Victorian era is reimagined to include Martian technology, steam-powered robots, airships, alchemy, and various anachronistic technologies.
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    The Steampunk Trilogy de Paul Di Filippo (ShelfMonkey)
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    The Court of the Air de Stephen Hunt (graspingforthewind)
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    Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs Aliens de Patricia Bray (ShelfMonkey)
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    The New Weird de Ann VanderMeer (Dead_Dreamer)
    Dead_Dreamer: A few of THE NEW WEIRD's authors return for this steam-powered era that never was: Jay Lake, Paul Di Filippo and Michael Moorcock.
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I think for me two and a half stars would be more accurate, but that option is not available. A couple of the stories were good, but others were only so-so. A good thing in this anthology is the opening essay which provides a nice introduction to the genre. That was informational and useful. Compared to Extraordinary Engines, which I also read and which is often compared to this book, this one did not seem as good; the pacing seemed a bit slow for me. However, the stories are pretty rich in terms of detail, so if you are looking to immerse yourself in the steampunk genre, this works. Overall, it was ok. I liked the Lansdale story well enough, which gives a nice twist to H.G. Wells. I won't say more. ( )
  bloodravenlib | Aug 17, 2020 |
Average of 2.68 stars for all the items rounds up to 3, I suppose.
Overall, rather disappointing. There are two truly excellent stories; I'd read them both before.

*** Introduction - The 19th-Century Roots of Steampunk - Jess Nevins. Makes an interesting and informative connection between steampunk and 'Edisonades' - 19th-century boys' pulp fiction focusing on new technology.

** Benediction - Michael Moorcock. A quite random and inconclusive excerpt from the novel 'The Warlord of the Air.' Read the book instead. (or, possibly, the whole trilogy.)

** Lord Kelvin's Machine - James P. Blaylock. A stilted, faux-19th century writing style and a strange lack of tension make this tale strangely boring. Various characters are scheming to destroy and/or save the earth (by pushing us into the path of an asteroid, or not), but I could not bring myself to care about the planet's fate.

*** The Giving Mouth - Ian R. Macleod. Loved the setting and characters. The details were brilliantly, grotesquely original. The setup was great, working both as story and allegory, as an abused lord's son in a medieval-ish mining town seeks to come to terms with the empty, horrific world he sees around him and find meaning & beauty in life. However, the resolution didn't really come together for me.

*****A Sun in the Attic - Mary Gentle. A re-read. (It's in the Gentle collection 'Cartomancy.')I love this story. Both heartbreaking and satisfying, it challenges social expectations, portrays emotional conflicts that ring true, and creates one of the best scenarios I've ever read about intentionally turning away from technology and what technology brings with it.

*** The God-Clown is Near - Jay Lake. A couple of thugs pressure a man to create a bio-engineered golem to their specifications. The world is effectively horrific and filled with grotesquerie and depravation... but the plot was slight, and I felt like it was just going out of its way to be gratuitously shocking.

* The Steam Man of the Prairie and the Dark Rider Get Down - Joe R. Lansdale. I really don't have terribly delicate sensibilities. It's not the crudeness of this story I objected to, it was the lack of cleverness. There's no particular reason to make HG Wells' time traveler a blood sucking vampire obsessed with anal impalement. And what were those space shuttle people doing there? The story doesn't cohere, and says nothing.

*** The Selene Gardening Society - Molly Brown. A women's group decided to terraform the moon by sending our compostable garbage there. Mildly amusing.

*****Seventy-Two Letters - Ted Chiang. A re-read (included in his collection, Stories of Your Life and Others.) Ted Chiang is freakin' brilliant. However, this isn't steampunk at all, but idea-based, blow-your-mind science fiction. However, I have no objection to it being in this book, because the more people that read Chiang, the better. I'd be in favor of a proposal to add a Chiang story into every published anthology... romance, chicken-soup stories, sports fiction... you name it, stick in a Chiang. Fine, this does have a 19th-century setting and golems... but still.

*** The Martian Agent, A Planetary Romance - Michael Chabon. Like everything Michael Chabon puts out, this is brilliantly written, with spare, effective characterization and emotional drama that sucks you straight in... but this tale of two boys on an alt-history American Frontier, dragged into their parents' politics, cries out to be expanded into a novel. It doesn't feel like a complete work.

*** Victoria - Paul di Filippo. From the description I'd read of this story ("Queen Victoria is replaced by a newt.") I expected to hate it. However, it was actually fairly amusing.

*** Reflected Light - Rachel Pollock. Not bad. This story also has an 'unfinished' feel, but in this case, I think it works. Told in fragments, allegedly found on decaying wax cylinder recordings, it relates a factory worker's feelings of friendship and guilt regarding a missing co-worker. It speaks eloquently of the many 'lost voices' of history.

** Minutes of the Last Meeting - Stepan Chapman. An alternate history version of what happened to the last Tsar in 1918. Here, it wasn't just the end a family, but the end of much more. There are some good ideas here, but it gets a little muddled, as the author tries to jam a glut of elements into 30 pages.

*** Excerpt from the Third and Last Volume of Tribes of the Pacific Coast - Neal Stephenson. This one isn't actually an excerpt. (or steampunk, at all.) It's a story about future anthropologists being holed up in a glass elevator waiting for savage local tribes to attack. The story (written in 1995) presciently discussed the practical and ethical issues we're now facing regarding 3-D printers and their capabilities.

* The Steam Driven Time Machine: A Pop Culture Survey - Rick Klaw. This reads like it was written by someone with a very unclear idea of what steampunk actually is, who did a google search.

* The Essential Sequential Steampunk: A Modest Survey of the Genre Within the Comic Book Medium - Bill Baker. This author describes the plots of some comic books. I skimmed it - boring. ( )
1 vota AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |

The stories are a little uneven, but I really enjoyed this anthology overall, and it was a great introduction to the steampunk genre for me. I particularly enjoyed the Langdon St. Ives story and I was blown away by Joe R. Lansdale's "The Steam Man of the Prairie and the Dark Rider Get Down: A Dime Novel." ( )
  cvalin | Jan 24, 2016 |
This has been sitting on my shelf and Faye's fantasy discussion group finally got me to read it. The VanderMeers are among the BEST editors working in the field right now. This volume has articles/essays as well as short stories. By far the best short story was Ted Chiang's 72-Letters: brilliant style, brilliant story, neat premises. Similarly good was Chabon's The Martian Agent. Blaylock's Lord Kelvin's Machine was fun, ans The Selene Gardening Society by Molly Brown. I was annoyed with DiFilippo's premises in Victoria. More middling were Gentle's A Sun in the Attic, Lake's The God-Clown Is Near, Pollock's Reflected Light, Chapman's Minutes of the Last Meeting, and Stephenson's Excerpt from the Third and Last Volume. I avoided Lansdale's story, being of the squeamish sort . . . It was a bit odd to be reading these at the same time as I was reading Gilman's Herland, an authentic early 20th c./Edwardian work. ( )
  AmyMacEvilly | Jul 20, 2015 |
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What a great piece of work this is, from the fascinating triumvirate of essays that recount the history of steampunk in literature and describe its contemporary appeal to the top-notch works of fiction inside, from forgotten proto-steampunk gems by Michael Moorcock and James Blaylock to contemporary pieces from Neal Stephenson, Jay Lake, Ted Chiang and Paul Di Filippo.
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VanderMeer, AnnEditorautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
VanderMeer, JeffEditorautor principaltotes les edicionsconfirmat
Baker, BillCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Blaylock, James P.Col·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Brown, MollyCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Chabon, MichaelCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Chapman, StepanCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Chiang, TedCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Di Filippo, PaulCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Gentle, MaryCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Klaw, RickCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Lake, JayCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Lansdale, Joe RCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
MacLeod, Ian RCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Monn, AnnAutor de la cobertaautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Moorcock, MichaelCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Nevins, JessIntroduccióautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Pollock, Rachel E.Col·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Stephenson, NealCol·laboradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
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