Kelly Link & Gavin J. Grant, Editors  - published October 2013

9780763648435 · 10/11/2011 · Published by Candlewick Press in a beautiful trade cloth edition, audio, and ebook.
9780763657970 · 2/12/2013 · trade paper.

An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories

Orphans use the puppet of a dead man to take control of their lives. A girl confronts the Grand Technomancer, Most Mighty Mechanician and Highest of the High Artificier Adepts. Another girl, who might be from another universe, stuns everyone when she pulls out her handmade Reality Gun.

Welcome to a huge, beautiful anthology of fourteen steampunk visions of the past, the future, and the not-quite today.

Indies Choice finalist.
Locus Award finalist.
Los Angeles Times Best of the Year

Cover art by Yuko Shimizu.



“Veteran editors Link and Grant serve up a delicious mix of original stories from 14 skilled writers and artists…Chockful of gear-driven automatons, looming dirigibles, and wildly implausible time machines, these often baroque, intensely anachronistic tales should please steampunks of all ages.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“An excellent collection, full of unexpected delights.”
Kirkus Reviews (*starred review*)

“Within these pages, there’s a little something for everyone…This exceptional anthology does great service to the steampunk subgenre and will do much to further its audience.”
School Library Journal (starred review)

“Editors Link and Gavin treat fans, old and new, to an array of fantastically rich stories in this polished, outstanding collection…the result is an anthology that is almost impossible to put down… From rebellious motorists to girl bandits, the characters in this imaginative collection shine, and there isn’t a weak story in the mix; each one offers depth and delight.”
Booklist (starred review)

“It is about time that steampunk short stories really got a focused and creative exploration in YA lit, and this anthology of fourteen pieces is an excellent start.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

“In a genre based upon the re-imagining and reinvention of history, these authors manage to take their characters—and readers—to bold new frontiers, where, as contributor Dylan Horrocks writes, thanks to the “magic in technology,” things are “less drab, less logical, less straightforward. Everything’s a little more…possible.” ”
Horn Book

Table of Contents

Some Fortunate Future Day” by Cassandra Clare
“The Last Ride of the Glory Girls”* by Libba Bray
“Clockwork Fagin”** by Cory Doctorow
“Seven Days Beset by Demons” (comic) by Shawn Cheng
“Hand in Glove” by Ysabeau S. Wilce
The Ghost of Cwmlech Manor” by Delia Sherman
“Gethsemene” by Elizabeth Knox
“The Summer People”*** by Kelly Link
“Peace in Our Time”**** by Garth Nix
“Nowhere Fast”**** by Christopher Rowe
“Finishing School”***** (comic) by Kathleen Jennings
“Steam Girl”****** by Dylan Horrocks
“Everything Amiable and Obliging” by Holly Black

* Reprinted in The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Six, edited by Jonathan Strahan
** Reprinted in Imaginarium 2012: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing, edited by Halli Villegas & Sandra Kasturi
*** Shirley Jackson Award winner.
Locus Award finalist.
Reprinted in The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2012, edited by Rich Horton
**** Reprinted in Steampunk Revolution, edited by Ann VanderMeer
**** Reprinted in Steampunk Revolution, edited by Ann VanderMeer
***** Ditmar Award winner
****** Sir Julius Vogel Award winner.
Reprinted in The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Six, edited by Jonathan Strahan