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TOC: ‘Steampunk III: Steampunk Revolution’ Edited by Ann VanderMeer

Ann VanderMeer has posted the table of contents for her upcoming anthology Steampunk III: Steampunk Revolution, forthcoming from Tachyon Publications later this year:

Playfully mashing-up the romantic elegance of the Victorian era with whimsically modernized technology, the wildly-popular steampunk genre is here to stay. Now…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, speculating on how cities will be built 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 Cherie Priest presents “The Clockroach” a new, unsettling mode of transportation.

Going far beyond corsets and goggles, Steampunk Revolution is not just your granddad’s zeppelin—it’s an even wilder ride.


  1. “Smoke City” by Christopher Barzak
  2. “On Wooden Wings” by Paolo Chikiamco
  3. “To Follow the Waves” by Amal El-Mohtar
  4. “The Seventh Expression of the Robot General” by Jeffrey Ford
  5. “Sir Ranulph Wykeham-Rackham” by Lev Grossman
  6. “Beside Calais” by Samantha Henderson
  7. “Ascencion” by Leow Hui Min Annabeth
  8. “The Effluent Engine” by N.K. Jemison
  9. “Goggles (c.1910)” by Caitlin R. Kiernan (original)
  10. “The Heart is the Matter” by Malissa Kent (original)
  11. “Urban Drift” by Andrew Knighton
  12. “Arbeitskraft” by Nick Mamatas
  13. “An Exhortation to Young Writers” by David Erik Nelson, Morgan Johnson, and Fritz Swanson
  14. “Peace in Our Time” by Garth Nix
  15. “Possession” by Ben Peek
  16. “Clockroach” by Cherie Priest (new expanded version)
  17. “Salvage” by Margaret Ronald
  18. “Nowhere Fast” by Christopher Rowe
  19. “A Handful of Rice” by Vandana Singh (original novelette)
  20. “White Fungus” by Bruce Sterling
  21. “Beatrice” by Karin Tidbeck (first time in English)
  22. “Abraham Stoker’s Journal” by Lavie Tidhar
  23. “Mother is a Machine” by Catherynne M. Valente
  24. “Study, for Solo Piano” by Genevieve Valentine
  25. “Fixing Hanover” by Jeff VanderMeer
  26. “Harry and Marlowe and the Talisman of the Cult of Egil” by Carrie Vaughn
  27. “Captain Bells & the Sovereign State of Discordia” by J.Y. Yang


  • “Towards a Steampunk Without Steam” by Amal El-Mohtar (new expanded version)
  • “From Airships of Imagination to Feet on the Ground” by Jaymee Goh (original)
  • “Steampunk Shapes Our Future” by Margaret Killjoy (original)
  • “The (R)Evolution of Steampunk” by Austin Sirkin (original)
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