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Steampunk can be defined as a subgenre of science fiction that is typically set in an anachronistic Victorian or quasi-Victorian setting, where steam power is prevalent. Consider the slogan: "What the past would look like if the future had come along earlier." The stories in this all-original anthology explore alternate timelines and have been set all over the world, running the gamut from science fiction to mystery to horror to a melding of these genres.
lead had been transmogrified into gold. “But you can’t duplicate it, Mr. Barstow. You said your notes were destroyed.” Fulton looked up at the woman. His eyes flashed as he recorded her likeness. “Why don’t you call me Sir Francis? And let’s make a nice bed for my dog.” She looked at him as if he were quite mad, but he didn’t care. He had ten pounds of gold to replace his equipment—and a dog with a photographic eye that had winked at his lab notes the night before. And there was that second
Tekno Books and its predecessor companies, now the largest book developer of commercial fiction and non-fiction in the world, with over 2,250 published books that have been translated into 33 languages. He is the recipient of an unprecedented four Lifetime Achievement Awards in the Science Fiction, Mystery, and Supernatural Horror genres—the Milford Award in Science Fiction, the Solstice Award in science fiction, the Bram Stoker Award in Horror, and the Ellery Queen Award in Mystery—the only
cool over time, decreasing lift, there was no way to add ballast while in flight so as to be able to maneuver downward with any speed or efficiency whatsoever. Dumping hot air through an opening atop the balloon was an option, albeit often one with disastrous consequences. Doctor Pendleton Ambrose Merganser’s invention of the steam-powered sky-carriage had, of course, solved these difficulties. Two small modified steam engines—of the type typically used for small, narrow gauge mining railways,
said. Finbury smiled indulgently at her. Since she was on probation from the club of which he was president, her contact with the rest of the members was limited, and few outside would understand the details. “Sure, my dear, if you like, our fellows—and found that every single one of them felt the same way I did. Seems a lot of us have been working on parallel tracks this whole time, and never knew it. Well, we had some good conversations after that, I can tell you! It’s the synergy we have
of these gadgets. In the meantime, I need to send a telegram ahead to Vienna.” A few hours later, lights burned brightly in a hastily cleared storage area behind the factory. A few wooden shipping crates—each perhaps a meter square and about that high—stood in precise ranks. On three sides of each crate, every second plank had been pried loose, turning the container into a cage of sorts that housed a shaggy, wolfish canine. A few nervous guards carrying sidearms and rifles kept a wary eye on