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Steampunk II : steampunk reloaded
Jeff VanderMeer and Ann VanderMeer
Adult Fiction STEAMPU

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From Publishers' Weekly:

The dynamic VanderMeers follow 2008's Steampunk with this engaging anthology of 23 stories (three original to this volume, including Jeffrey Ford's "Dr. Lash Remembers"), two essays (including one by Gail Carriger), and a roundtable interview, all of which define, deepen, and demonstrate the clockwork beauty of automaton-laden science fiction. Standouts include Tanith Lee's madness-inspired "The Persecution Machine"; Caitlin R. Kiernan's hauntingly beautiful tale of "The Steam Dancer (1896)"; Marc Laidlaw's photographic encyclopedia of "Great Breakthroughs in Darkness"; Sydney Padua's comic "Lovelace and Babbage: Origins, with Salamander"; the frightening Pinocchio of Cherie Priest's "Tanglefoot"; William Gibson's proto-steampunk tale "The Gernsback Continuum"; and "Flying Fish ¿Prometheus' (A Fantasy of the Future)" by Vilhelm Bergsoe, a Danish contemporary of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells. Fabulous interior design by John Coulthart completes this worthy sequel to its well-regarded predecessor. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

A photographer glimpses visions of potential alternate worlds in his photographic journeys in William Gibson's "The Gernsback Continuum," while newcomer Ramsey Shehadeh's "The Unbecoming of Vergil Smythe" pays Victorian-style homage to Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express. This follow-up to the best-selling Steampunk also includes stories by Steven Baxter, Tanith Lee, Jess Nevin, and other contemporary writers as well as essays by Gail Carriger and Jake von Slatt discussing the genre's past, present, and future. VERDICT Steampunk fans will want to add this to their personal collections; libraries owning the first volume should round out their holdings. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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