Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded, edited by Ann & Jeff VanderMeer
The VanderMeers have put together another fantastic compendium of steampunk stories. After 2008's steampunk anthology, the genre only got more popular, and this collection expands the boundaries of "steampunk" even further. There's a fiction and a nonfiction section this time around; the latter includes a "roundtable interview" of several online presences, which means that not only does the reader have the chance to read different viewpoints, but is also directed toward more reading material after the book is finished, huzzah!
Stories by Cherie Priest, Jess Nevins, Caitlin R. Kiernan, and William Gibson share space with amazing art by Eric Orchard, John Coulthart and Ramona Szczerba. One of my favorite entries is the "Secret History of Steampunk," which combines art, typography, and, perhaps, a mecha-ostrich.(Yes, truly.) Steampunk Reloaded is more fantastic, more artistic, and more inventive than its predecessor -- and its predecessor was quite the fun read, too.
We have an Advance Reading Copy of Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded to give away! There may be typographical errors, but the essence and the art are all present in their glory. To be included in the drawing, post a comment below and tell us of a steampunk author or artist (past, present, perhaps future?). The deadline for entries is Friday, December 17. Good luck!
(More information on Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded is available at the Tachyon Publications website.)