Corsets and Clockwork: 13 Steampunk Romances

If you’ve got a teenager that’s into Steampunk just as much as you are, you’ll likely be interested in this relatively new publication of Steampunk romances geared towards young adult readers. Edited by Trisha Telep, this book is packed full of stories that your bookworm will enjoy.

Here’s the description of the book:

Dark, urban fantasies come to life in the newest collection of Steampunk stories, Corsets & Clockwork. Young heroes and heroines battle evils with the help of supernatural or super-technological powers, each individual story perfectly balancing historical and fantastical elements. Throw in epic romances that transcend time, and this trendy, engrossing anthology is sure to become another hit for the fast-growing Steampunk genre!

This collection features some of the hottest writers in the teen genre, including: Ann Aguirre, Jaclyn Dolamore, Tessa Gratton, Frewin Jones, Caitlin Kittredge, Adrienne Kress, Lesley Livingston, Dru Pagliassotti, Dia Reeves, Michael Scott, Maria V. Snyder, Tiffany Trent, and Kiersten White.

You can purchase the book from Running Press Books or Amazon.

20,001: A Steampunk Odyssey

Attention all Steampunk writers! Kindling Press has made a call for submissions to their latest anthology effort, 20,001: A Steampunk Odyssey, a collection of Steampunk short stories.

Check out the specifics of the call right here, straight from the Kindling Press site:

Preference will be given to stories involving the Sea and its mysterious Denizens; submarine travel and related Contrivances; transoceanic Escapades, mysterious Islands, &c.

The preferred length of submissions is 2000 to 6000 words, but longer or shorter works may be considered on a case by case basis.  All submissions must be original works and cannot have previously appeared in any form. Only submissions formatted in Microsoft Word and written for the Steampunk genre will be accepted.

Send all submissions as attachments to submissions@kindlingpress.com no later than July 31, 2011.  Accepted submissions will be paid a modest fee, with a further advance to be paid if sales are sufficient to cover it.  Authors will retain full rights to their work beyond this original publishing, which will extend to both e-formats and a small run of traditionally printed copies.

Paid work for writers and you get to keep the rights to what you create?! Don’t miss this opportunity to get your work read by many a Steampunk with Kindling Press.

Stories in the Ether

Attention all writers! Stories in the Ether, an upcoming anthology of fantasy, science fiction, and Steampunk flash fiction and short stories, is looking for submissions to be included in the seminal edition. Stories In The Ether will be published individually through Nevermet Press as a blog series, and will later be collected for a physical anthology to be published in early 2012.

Submissions will be open from now until the end of 2011, and will be accepted for inclusion in the anthology on a rolling basis. There is no deadline, but they will only publish one story a week until the end of 2011, so try to get those submissions in early!

Click here to see the full details for the call for submissions. Also, do be sure to thoroughly read their Submissions Guidelines before sending something in. Email your story to submissions@nevermetpress.com and in the subject line include “Stories in the Ether Submission: [TITLE]“.

Happy writing, and good luck!

Steampunk Literature the World Over

Steampunk’s popularity is catching on all around the world. It’s impossible to resist our fashion, culture, and literature. Brazil came out with their first Steampunk anthology back in 2009 (you can read excerpts here if you read Portuguese).

Now the Romanians have followed with their own Steampunk anthology, Steampunk – A Doua Revolute (Steampunk – The Second Revolution) edited by Adrian Crăciun and published by Millennium Books.

The collection is comprised the following authors and their tales:

  • Prefață (Introduction) by Ștefan Ghidoveanu
  • Plimbarea de dimineață a domnișoarei Vu (The Morning Walk of Miss Vu) by Ioana Vișan
  • Cetatea Neagră (The Black Citadel) by Costi Gurgu
  • De la țigani (From the Gypsies) by George Lazăr
  • Povestea lui Calistrat Hadîmbu din Vizireni, ucis mișelește de nenicul Raul Colentina într-un han de la marginea Bucureștilor (The Story of Calistrat Hadîmbu, Meanly Murdered by Nuncle Raul Colentina in an Inn at Bucharest Outskirts) by Michael Haulică
  • Suflete de plumb (Lead Souls) by Ștefana Cristina Czeller
  • Lungul drum din cer acasă (The Long Road from Sky to Home) by Marian Truță
  • Ultima clepsidră (The Last Hourglass) by Oliviu Crâznic
  • Alchimistul (The Alchemist) by Mircea Opriță
  • Profeții despre trecut (Prophecies about the Past) by Aron Biro
  • Nostalgia revoluției (The Nostalgia of the Revolution) by Florin Pîtea

Unfortunately, I’ve yet to find any information on purchasing the anthology in either Portuguese other than that it will be available some time in the Spring. I’ve also heard nothing about plans to have the collection translated into other languages. I’ll update accordingly if anything changes.

Steam-Powered

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.

Gatehouse Gazette 16 is Out

Our friends at Gatehouse Gazette have released issue 16 of their bimonthly publication. Although the Gatehouse Gazette usually has a more Dieselpunk focus, January’s issue is themed on the Weird West, which makes for perfect reading for those reflecting on Steamcon II or preparing for Wild West Con later this year.

Here’s the contents of this month’s publication:

  • Bennett, A., “The Falcon,” 20-23
  • Davia, L., “Review Magico Vento,” 17
  • Fagan, R., “Review: Nickel Children,” 10
  • Fagan, R., “Steampunk at Dickens on the Strand,” 6
  • Heyvaert, H., “Review: Dr Who Christmas Special,” 11
  • Heyvaert, H., “Review: Wild Wild West,” 17
  • Heyvaert, H., “Review: Sherlock,” 11
  • Heyvaert, H., “The Steampunk Wardrobe,” 14
  • McCleary, C., “Wilde’s West,” 18-20
  • Moffett, C., “Louis Brennan’s Monorail Car,” 15
  • Ottens, N., “Anarchocapitalism in the Old West,” 5
  • Ottens, N., “A History of the American Bison,” 12
  • Ottens, N., “Preview: BioShock Infinite,” 9
  • Worden, P.J., “The Great Airship Scare,” 7

In addition to the expected fiction collection, I’m particularly excited about the article on Anarchocapitalism in the Old West by N. Ottens. It promises to be an unique read on some of the lesser known historical elements of the American frontier.

If you are interested in writing for the Gatehouse Gazette in either a one off submission or in writing more regularly for the periodical. Contact them for more information, or join their message board community to get involved.

Parliament and Wake

Parliament and Wake is a website that features a series of incomplete books that explore the outer reaches of their Steampunk world. The stories are entertaining to read and accompanied with some fantastic Steampunk fashion photography. The website is updated often with new segments to ongoing sagas, so it’s worth visiting often.

Here’s the lead photo on Part Four of the Fenn Cycle, published on the 27th of December:

But what really attracts me to Parliament and Wake is their take on Steampunk philosophy. The believe, as I do, that the “punk” in Steampunk is more than just a powerless suffix. In their section entitled, “Are We Steampunk?” they have this to say about the political lens through which they view Steampunk. This is just a segment of a larger article on the topic, but this is the heart of their argument:

… we understand that people want to dress up as airship captains because it’s escapist and fun. Go for it, have your costume contests and carry around all your guns. We just want you not to stop there. Think, even if it’s just for thirty seconds while you’re adjusting your goggles, whether it might not be worthwhile to be a little bit “punk.” Go tear down a minor tyrant who tells you that you can’t wear a 20th century helmet and still be Steampunk. See how it feels. We bet you’ll like it. Maybe you’ll like it so much that you’ll decide you’d like to take on some bigger tyrants too. Maybe you’ll start wondering why we tolerate the existence of a company like BP, and whether tax cuts for bankers when 10% of the United States is unemployed are a good idea. Maybe you’ll want to tear a little bit at the belly of a social behemoth while you’re throwing your pageant for its grand, decrepit, so-called golden ages.

Any group that promotes the arts and political awareness is sure to get my vote of confidence, and I’m happy to say that Parliament and Wake definitely fits the bill. You can follow their every developing stories through their website, and connect to them through Facebook.