Steampunk Anthologies

Short story anthologies are awesome for a variety of reasons. To start with, they’re a great way to get into something new without having to commit to an entire novel. Then there’s the variety of stories, and the possibility of discovering new favorite authors. And finally, a story collection means you can sit down and read it in bite-sized pieces, which is perfect for the busy reader who might feel daunted by tackling a full length book. There are, of course, many amazing steampunk themed anthologies. Here’s a few titles that you should make sure to pick up in the near future.

Steampunk!

Steampunk BookAn Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories

This anthology is co-edited by Gavin J. Grant and Kelly Link. It includes stories by steampunk veteran Cassandra Clare (City of Bones, Clockwork Angel) fantasy author Garth Nix (Sabriniel) and even science fiction, cyberpunk author Cory Doctorow (Little Brother, Pirate Cinema.) The stories live up to both “fantastic” and “strange” covering everything from Roman super-computers to time travel to a plethora of automatons. There were lots, and lots of automatons. It is available in ebook, paperback, or hardcover format, and is highly recommended to both fans and newcomers to the genre alike.

Steampunk World

Steampunk-WorldSteampunk World is one of those anthologies you hear about once, and then spend months waiting to finally release. Edited by Jay Lake and multiple Hugo award winning Ken Liu (Paper Menagerie), there was no doubt that it would be sensational–and it is. Steampunk World was created with the idea that steampunk doesn’t have to be just Victorian, or set only in England. None of the stories contained in this anthology are set in that era, in fact, giving this anthology a very ethnic, diverse feel. There are 19 stories from authors as diverse as the worlds they create, including the International Steampunk Symposium’s 2015 guest of honor–Diana M. Pho (Ayleen the Peacemaker.) Steampunk World was created as the result of being a successful Kickstarter campaign–raising over twice their funding goal. It is now available on Amazon in paperback or kindle format.

(Bonus mention–Jay Lake also edited The Steampunk Megapack–a collection of novels and short stories from classical to contemporary authors. Many are titles you may have heard of or even read before, and it’s disputable how “steampunk” these public domain works really are, but for $0.99 it’s worth checking out the original content.)

Steaming Into a Victorian Future

Steaming Into a Victorian FutureThis anthology is different in that it isn’t a short story collection at all. It is, in fact, a collection of non-fiction essays on the different aspects of steampunk from aesthetic, to cultural, to societal or political. It is edited by Julie Ann Taddeo and Cynthia J. Miller, and includes an afterword by steampunk expert Jeff Vandermeer. The topics discussed cover everything from steampunk’s fascination with corsets to the effect that technology has and will have on relationships to the widespread appeal behind the visual aspects of the genre. If you’ve ever wanted to know more about steampunk, or felt you haven’t quite got a grasp about what it is, or just find yourself interested in the nitty-gritty academic side then this anthology is for you. After reading this you’ll be fully armed to answer anyone who tries to call steampunk “frivolous.”

And that’s all for now! Have you read any of the titles listed about? What did you think of them? What other steampunk anthologies have you read and enjoyed?


 

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