(Rough of the cover)
Without further pomp or ceremony, we present our latest anthology’s full contents. We’re both extremely happy with how it turned out–including materials original to the book and some great reprints at its heart.
UPDATE: Can now confirm that Jacques Barcia’s story from a Brazilian steampunk antho last year, translated from the Portuguese, will appear as a web exclusive in October in connection with the publication of Steampunk Reloaded.
UPDATE 2/24: We’ve confirmed that we’ll also reproduce an installment of Sydney Padua’s Lovelace and Babbage comic in the anthology. – Ann & Jeff
STEAMPUNK RELOADED: Steampunk 2
Edited by Ann & Jeff VanderMeer, from Tachyon, Oct. 2010
Interior design by John Coulthart, the genius behind The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric & Discredited Diseases, et al.
This lavishly illustrated anthology edited by Ann & Jeff VanderMeer builds on the strengths of the World Fantasy Award nominated first volume, presenting 155,000 words of rich and varied Steampunk stories, nonfiction, and art that plays off the idea of Steampunk not just in the context of dirigibles and other antiquated technology but also as connected to the maker movement and other aspects of the Steampunk subculture that have begun to infiltrate the literature. It includes the William Gibson story that inspired the Steampunk offshoot of â€œRaygun Gothicâ€.
Original Art by:
Original nonfiction by:
Gail Carriger, author of Soulless (fashion and fiction)
Jake Von Slatt of the Steampunk Workshop (maker movement)
Along with thoughts on the future of Steampunk by Mike Perschon, the Steampunk Scholar, and others.
Original fiction by:
Ramsey Shehadeh, â€œThe Unbecoming of Virgil Smytheâ€ â€“ A fast-paced, riveting tale of time slips and the perils of colonialism, featuring the enigmatic Dromedons, rebellion, and a very strange train ride.
Vilhelm Bergsoe, â€œFlying Fish (Prometheus)â€, translated by Dwight R. Decker â€“ A novelette from 1869 previously unpublished in English, by a Danish writer. This progressive tale of the dirigible Flying Fish, written in the form of a letter from the future to the past, will dazzle you with its Steampunk stylings and its prescient knowledge of a genre that would not be named for more than another century!
â€œA Secret History of Steampunkâ€ featuring further originals by:
Ekaterina Sedia â€œTwo Short Excerpts from the Russian Book of the Improbableâ€ â€“ Eclipses and lunar seas collide with robots and airships in these delightful Russian clockwork concoctions presented in their original context as pages from the heretical (and possibly theoretical) Russian Book of the Improbable.
Jeffrey Ford, â€œDr. Lash Remembersâ€ â€“ A harrowing tale of Steampunk disease that will make you think twice about jumping into an airship. It was recently discovered by Dr. Ford in a trunk whilst cleaning out his attic, and most probably penned by one of his forebears. Its original context as an extended fold-out broadsheet from the 1800s will be represented by facsimile.
Matthew Cheney, “Confessions and Complaints of a True Man” – Incontrovertible evidence of Steampunk invention in the time of the American transcendentalists, including mechanized elephants.
As well as contributions by Fabio Fernandes, Brian Stableford, Jess Nevins, and the Steampunk heretic known only as “The Mecha-Ostrich.”
Amazing Reprint Stories Culled from Broadsheets Far and Wide:
Daniel Abraham, â€œBalfour and Meriwether in the Adventure of the Emperor’s Vengeanceâ€
Stephen Baxter, â€œThe Unblinking Eyeâ€
Winona Cookie, â€œThe Unlikely Career of Portia Dreadnought,â€ â€œArtemesiaâ€™s Absinthe,â€ and â€œObadiah Theremin, MDâ€
G.D. Falksen, â€œThe Strange Case of Mr. Salad Mondayâ€
William Gibson, â€œThe Gernsback Continuumâ€
Samantha Henderson, â€œWild Copperâ€
CaitlÃn R. Kiernan â€œThe Steam Dancer (1896)â€
Andrew Knighton, â€œThe Cast-Iron Kidâ€
Marc Laidlaw, â€œGreat Breakthroughs in Darknessâ€
Margo Lanagan, â€œMachine Maidâ€
Lisa Mantchev & James Grant, â€œAs Recorded on Brass Cylinders: Adagio for Two Dancersâ€
Shweta Narayan, â€œThe Mechanical Aviary of Emperor Jalal-ud-din Muhammad Akbarâ€
David Erik Nelson, â€œThe Bold Explorer in the Place Beyondâ€
Cherie Priest â€œTanglefootâ€
Chris Roberson, â€œO Oneâ€
Margaret Ronald, â€œA Serpent in the Gearsâ€
Catherynne M. Valente, â€œThe Anachronist’s Cookbookâ€