"Chockful of gear-driven automatons, looming dirigibles, and wildly fantastic time machines . . . should still please steampunks of all ages." — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Imagine an alternative universe the place tinkerers and dreamers craft and re-craft a global of automatons, clockworks, calculating machines, and different marvels that by no means have been. Visionaries Kelly hyperlink and Gavin J. furnish have taken a style already wealthy, unusual, and artistic and challenged fourteen masters of speculative fiction, together with picture storytellers, to include its demonstrated issues and refashion them in magnificent methods and settings. the result's an anthology that defies its style at the same time it defines it.
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