One of my favorite things about Steampunk is that there is space for just about everyone within it. Since its foundations are built largely by geeks and nerds who have had more than our fair share of teasing and estrangement growing up, the culture of Steampunk is largely one that embraces people’s differences and encourages the expression of those differences in a safe environment.
Which is why the existence of Steam-Powered by Torquere Books makes me very happy. It’s an anthology of Steampunk Lesbian short stories.
Here’s the description of the book from their website:
The fifteen tantalizing, thrilling, and ingenious tales in Steam-Powered put a new spin on steampunk by putting women where they belong — in the captain’s chair, the laboratory, and one another’s arms. Here you’ll meet inventors, diamond thieves, lonely pawn brokers, clockwork empresses, brilliant asylum inmates, and privateers in the service of San Francisco’s eccentric empire. Though they hail from across the globe and universes far away, each character is driven to follow her own path to independence and to romance. The women of Steam-Powered push steampunk to its limits and beyond.
If you find yourself enthralled with Lesbian Steampunk fiction and love to write, there are two Steampunk oriented publications looking for fiction with lesbian identified protagonists, Femme Fatales and Steam-Powered 2, Steam-Powered’s sequel. I’m sure they’d love to receive your work for consideration.