Ann VanderMeer
Steampunk III: Steampunk Revolution

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Playfully mashing up the romantic elegance of the Victorian era with whimsically modernized technology, the wildly popular steampunk genre is here to stay. Long live the revolution! This entertaining and edgy new anthology is the third installment in the bestselling steampunk series that includes Steampunk and Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded. Steampunk Revolution features a renegade collective of writers and artists—including steampunk legends, as well as hot, new talents—who are rebooting the steam-driven past and powering it into the future with originality, wit, and adventure. Lev Grossman's "Sir Ranulph Wykeham-Rackham, GBE, a.k.a. Roboticus the All-Knowing" is the Six-Million-Dollar Steampunk Man, possessing appendages and workings recycled from metal parts, yet also fully human, resilient, and determined. Bruce Sterling's "White Fungus" introduces steampunk's younger cousin, salvage-punk, speculation on how cities will be build in the future using pre-existing materials. Cat Valente's "Mother is a Machine" explores the merging of man and machine and a whole new form of parenting. In Jeff VanderMeer's anti-steampunk story "Fixing Hanover," a creator must turn his back on his creation because it is so utterly destructive. And Cherle Priest presents "The Clockroach," a new, unsettling mode of transportation. Going far beyond corsets and goggles, Steampunk Revolution is not just a ride in your great-great-granddad's zeppelin—now it's a much wilder ride!

"Steampunk isn't just about Victorians playing with cogs and gears; these stories (and a few essays) reveal some of the latest steps in this branch of speculative fiction's evolution."

"Demonstrates the power of a well-orchestrated collection.... A must-have for any fan of the subgenre."

"The 27 stories gathered here are therefore noteworthy both because of their subject matter as well as for the way they stretch the stylistics of Steampunk in new and different directions."

"This third edition is the best yet.... Steampunk III is a strong and sharp collection of writing. You don't have to be a fan of steampunk — or even really know what it is — to enjoy this work."
-January Magazine, Best Books of 2012

Length: 432 pages
Category: Anthology
Publication Date: Fall 2012

North American English rights, Tachyon Publications

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The founder of the award-winning Buzzcity Press, Ann VanderMeer currently serves as an acquiring fiction editor for Tor.com, Cheeky Frawg Books, and weirdfictionreview.com. She was the editor-in-chief for Weird Tales for five years, during which time she was nominated three times for the Hugo Award, winning one. Along with nominations for the Shirley Jackson Award, she also has won a World Fantasy Award and a British Fantasy Award for co-editing The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories. Other projects have included Best American Fantasy, three Steampunk anthologies, and a humor book, The Kosher Guide to Imaginary Animals. Her latest anthologies include Steampunk III: Steampunk Revolution, The Time Traveler's Almanac, and an as-yet anthology of feminist speculative fiction.