Steam-Powered: Lesbian Steampunk Stories Paperback – January 26, 2011
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When the stories themselves sometimes contain short lines for emphasis, it makes it difficult to realize you've finished a story until you're staring the next one. It would take all of five minutes to insert page breaks and bolding, so this formatting glitch is sheer laziness. I'd suggest buying a physical copy instead of the kindle edition.
I really liked most of the early stories; they had a great steampunk base. I was less keen on many of the later stories; mostly the "steampunk" seemed irrelevant to the main focus of the plots; it would be straightforward to rewrite them with no steampunk whatsoever.
That in itself is OK; but I did not care for the narrative structures of several of the later stories.
Still, it's a good anthology, with several excellent stories. I definitely liked the fact that it was not all set in the British Empire! and that it did not focus on privileged white men (unlike a lot of steampunk).
The stories vary greatly in their romantic and sexual content: some are heart-shattering, some happy-ever-after, some smoking hot. They're all strong science fiction/fantasy first, though, rather than erotic romance with SF/F elements.
This is an absolutely wonderful anthology, and I'm looking forward to tracking down more work by the editors and authors.
In a nutshell: Talented writers. Awesome protagonists. Anti-racist perspectives. Well written societies. Blah, blah, blah love stories (love stories aren't particularly my thing).
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The very best short stories are those that we can fit in around our busy lives and when we tune back into reality afterwards it seems a little less dull and easier to live with because we were so completely transported to another world. We've walked a couple of miles in someone else's shoes and suddenly our own problems seem less insurmountable. This wonderful books does that.
I highly recommend it and thrill with anticipation to the news that Steam Powered 2 is on the way. It really doesn't matter that the protagonists are lesbian when the tales are so well told. This is a book that anyone should be able to enjoy if they love science fiction or steam punk. A good tale well told transcends genre and classification and just becomes a damn good read. I urge you to go out and buy it for that very reason. It's as close to perfection as you can get.