Writing/editing team Ann and Jeff VanderMeer are following up their insanely successful Steampunk Anthology (Tachyon Press) with a second book, Steampunk Reloaded, that focuses more on steampunk art and culture, including nonfiction essays and gorgeous illustrations. Here's what's in store.
The anthology comes out October of this year, and the VanderMeers have announced the lineup:
Original Art by:
Original nonfiction by:
Gail Carriger, author of Soulless (fashion and fiction)
Jake Von Slatt of the Steampunk Workshop (maker movement)
Mike Perschon, the Steampunk Scholar (the future)
Original fiction by:
Ramsey Shehadeh, "The Unbecoming of Virgil Smythe" – 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Vilhelm Bergsoe, "Flying Fish (Prometheus)", translated by Dwight R. Decker – A novelette from 1869 previously unpublished in English, by a Danish writer.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!
"A Secret History of Steampunk" featuring further originals by:
Ekaterina Sedia "Two Short Excerpts from the Russian Book of the Improbable" – 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, "Dr. Lash Remembers" – 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, "Balfour and Meriwether in the Adventure of the Emperor's Vengeance"
Stephen Baxter, "The Unblinking Eye"
Winona Cookie, "The Unlikely Career of Portia Dreadnought," "Artemesia's Absinthe," and "Obadiah Theremin, MD"
G.D. Falksen, "The Strange Case of Mr. Salad Monday"
William Gibson, "The Gernsback Continuum"
Samantha Henderson, "Wild Copper"
Caitlín R. Kiernan "The Steam Dancer (1896)"
Andrew Knighton, "The Cast-Iron Kid"
Marc Laidlaw, "Great Breakthroughs in Darkness"
Margo Lanagan, "Machine Maid"
Lisa Mantchev & James Grant, "As Recorded on Brass Cylinders: Adagio for Two Dancers"
Shweta Narayan, "The Mechanical Aviary of Emperor Jalal-ud-din Muhammad Akbar"
David Erik Nelson, "The Bold Explorer in the Place Beyond"
Cherie Priest "Tanglefoot"
Chris Roberson, "O One"
Margaret Ronald, "A Serpent in the Gears"
Catherynne M. Valente, "The Anachronist's Cookbook"
via Ecstatic Days