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In 1995 Martin H. Greenberg was honored by the Mystery Writers of America with the Ellery Queen Award for lifetime achievement in mystery editing. He is also the recipient of two Anthony awards. Mystery Scene magazine called him "the best mystery anthologist since Ellery Queen." He has compiled more than 1,000 anthologies and is the president of TEKNO books. He lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: DAW (November 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756406439
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756406431
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,919,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Sally Pink Reviews on February 3, 2011
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Rabe and Greenburg compile an anthology filled with imagination and creativity with "Steampunk'd." Steampunk is set in the industrial age; approximately between 1830-1900. The one constant concept is that electricity has not been invented yet so everything runs on steam. Imagine grey colors, soot, brass and you've got steampunk.

The anthology has fourteen stories that take place in various setting ranging from the Americas to Africa. In "Chance Corrigan and the Tick-Tock King of the Nile," Chance pits wits against his foe Gavrilis. Who will win? In "Foggy Goggles," Gavin is a reporter who visits a famous inventor who has made snow in Arizona - but how bad will it ruin the environment? In "The Battle of Cumberland Gap," French forces threaten to make a stronghold in America by going through the Cumberland Gap. Can LT Landry stop them?

"Portrait of a Lady in a Monocle" is about a female inventor who is not highly regarded by her peers because she's a woman, but will she have the last laugh? In "Foretold" Maks is a seer who hunts down meteorites, but when he stops "seeing" will the competition get ahead?

"Echoer" is about an inventor, Brandon, who is building an airship. Can he convince the women he's in love with to help? In "Of a Feather," Kit and her crew find a prehistoric bird in South America, but will the competition steal the bird for themselves? In "Scourge of the Spoils," Constance has a chance to capture the elusive Dr. Ocularious, but can she haul him in?

"Edison Kinetic Light and Steam power" is a story about Thomas Edison. Will he blow himself up to find electricity? In "The Nubian Queen," Sahdi finds herself in the midst of international conflict on an African continent that flourished when Cleopatra and Mark Antony defeated Rome.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Panda on December 7, 2011
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(This review, by me, originally appeared on Doctor Fantastique's Show of Wonders.)

Steampunk'd is a collection of short stories edited by anthology veterans Jean Rabe and Martin H. Greenberg. With such prestigious editors, a beautiful cover design, and publisher DAW Books on the spine, I had high hopes for this anthology that promises "14 original stories of what might have been if steam tech took different paths in the Victorian era."

The book opens with a story by best-selling novelist Michael A Stackpole, "Chance Corrigan and the Tick-Tock King of the Nile." The tale is fairly typical steampunk fare about an American engineer persuaded by a Greek tycoon to speed the construction of a dam over the Nile. The story is a rollicking, Indiana Jones-esque adventure, complete with a hard-drinking protagonist, giant mechanical spiders, and a beautiful antiquities expert disguised as a bellydancer. It's a fun read, but the setting and characters will be very familiar to anyone who reads the genre regularly.

A number of the stories in the anthology, however, dare to go where steampunk stories rarely do, taking us outside the typical Western settings and Caucasian, male protagonists to give us a taste of something truly new and different. Bradley P. Beaulieau's story "Foretold" takes us to the Ural Mountains of alternate-history Russia, where miners crew enormous "walkers" and do battle over fallen meteorites. The story follows the psychic in charge of predicting the descent of meteorites for a walker called the Braga, a man who is struggling with his own fading abilities and the rising star of his apprentice. Beaulieau pulled me into the alternate setting with convincing characters and a compelling mystery.

"Of A Feather," by Stephen D.
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In some ways, steampunk is still in the childhood phase as a genre. It's like old SF back from the early days of the genre as a whole, when the idea was everything. Certain things were normal then that we wouldn't be fond of as readers now: characters and plots tended to be sacrificed in the name of exploring technologies and notions. Exposition was considered acceptable because ideas were primary to pacing and action. To some extent steampunk has bypassed much of this infancy because writers learned many lessons from other genre beginnings, but this book does reflect some of these deficiencies. Mind you, if you're in the mood to explore steampunk as an idea and aren't simply looking for some fun short stories in the genre, this might not be a negative for you.

Michael Stackpole is always an enjoyable writer, and his is one of my favorite stories in Steampunk'd. Excellent, then, that "Chance Corrigan and the Tick-Tock King" starts off the book. It definitely doesn't suffer from any of the aforementioned issues--it's got action and adventure, an exotic setting along the Nile, and plenty of interesting characters. This tale showcases the best side of steampunk.

While Donald J. Bingle's "Foggy Goggles" (fascinating how steampunk seems to be obsessed with goggles) captures the textual flavor of steampunk, as the second story in this anthology it does display some of those characteristics I mentioned earlier. As much as I enjoy reading about the nifty devices and technologies of steampunk, I'm not three pages of description interested in how a device works, especially out of a 13 page story.

The book swings back and forth between these types of stories: William C.
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