- Tackling the issues of classism, racism, and imperialism.
Recommended Steampunk Reading.
"Shanghai Steam is one of those anthologies you think will be one thing, but is surprisingly more…" — Bram Stoker Award-winner, Michael Knost.
"Just when we thought steampunk had run out of, well, steam, these daring editors have reinvigorated the whole genre." — Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author
"Asian literature has a rich tradition of what we would consider speculative poetry, from the Kojiki creation myths of Japan to the variations of the Ramayana epic found throughout Southeast Asia" — Bryan Thao Worra
A world with armies of terra-cotta warriors operated by steam power, Chinese Dragon Airships, Tesla-Oolong Tea, robot acupuncturists, weapons carved into dragon’s mouths, artificial limbs imbued with Chi, and schools of martial artists dedicated to cybernetic combat. Imagine a steampunk version of Shanghai or Hong Kong or an alternate history where Britain not only won the Opium War but conquered China, or vice versa. Imagine a completely new Chinese-inspired fantasy world with steampunk elements. These are just a few possible scenarios for SHANGHAI STEAM, a unique mashup of steampunk and the Chinese literary genre known as "wuxia" loosely translated to "martial hero".
From ancient China to a future Mars, from the British Empire to the Old West, 19 authors show you worlds with alcohol fuelled dragons, philosophical automatons, and Qi-powered machines both wondrous and strange in tales of vengeance, paper lantern revolutions and flying monks.
Shanghai Steam is a unique mashup of steampunk and the Chinese literary genre known as Wuxia (loosely translated as martial hero).
Shanghai Steam includes works by:
Camille Alexa, Shen Braun, Amanda Clark, Ray Dean, Tim Ford, Laurel Anne Hill, Minsoo Kang, William H. Keith, Crystal Koo, Frank Larnerd, Emily Mah, Derwin Mak, Brent Nichols, Frances Pauli, Jennifer Rahn, Tim Reynolds, Julia A. Rosenthal, Nick Tramdack, K. H. Vaughan.
ABOUT THE EDITORS:
Renée Bennett is a three-time Aurora Award nominee for editing. Her own fiction has appeared in places such as Year’s Best Fantasy, Realms of Fantasy, and on CBC Radio.
Calvin D. Jim is an Asian-Canadian writer and editor of Asian speculative fiction whose works have appeared in Rigor Amortis and Crossed Genre Quarterly. He lives in Calgary with his wife and two children, no pets and no garden gnomes.
Ace Jordyn is a YA fantasy and mystery author, editor and contest judge who believes in firing imaginations and empowering the dreams of children of all ages.
- "Fresh twist to Steam Punk sci-fi. Very fresh and enjoyable for the genre." — Peter L. Kennedy
Shanghai Steam is the first-of-its-kind must-read wuxia anthology!