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"Chockful of gear-driven automatons, looming dirigibles, and wildly incredible 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. supply have taken a style already wealthy, unusual, and artistic and challenged fourteen masters of speculative fiction, together with photo storytellers, to embody its validated topics and refashion them in unbelievable methods and settings. the result's an anthology that defies its style whilst it defines it.

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I knew you'll see me. commencing to think like a window i used to be, and me the toast of 4 counties. In my day . . . ” She sighed. “Ah, however it isn't my day, is it? Of your kindness, wench — what 12 months is it? ” I pulled myself jointly. “1861, leave out. ” “1861? I had now not proposal it was once see you later. nonetheless, i'd anticipate a greater welcome from my very own descendent, glance you. ” unhappy she sounded, and maybe a bit worried. “The Sight isn't really given to every person, miss,” I stated lightly. “Sir Arthur is an effective guy, notwithstanding, and extremely shrewdpermanent. ” “He’s too shrewdpermanent to think in ghosts,” she stated, getting better. “There is pity he’s the single Cwmlech in upward of 2 hundred years with a necessity to listen to what i need to inform. ” I sat upright. “The Cwmlech Treasure? ” “What understand you of the Cwmlech Treasure, lady? ” “Only what legend says,” I admitted. “There’s romantic, pass over, to safeguard your house together with your grandfather’s sword. ” Mistress Angharad Cwmlech laughed, with damaged glass in it. “Romantic, is it? good, it used to be no longer romantic to pass though, i'll inform you lots for not anything. Not”— with a rueful look at her bloodstained skirts —“that I did pass though it. ” Shamed i used to be, and thrown into such confusion, that I provided her a cup of tea in addition to my apologies. She laughed, a true snort this time, and stated her mama have been an exceptional believer within the therapeutic estate of tea. So I informed her approximately Mam, and he or she acknowledged to name her Mistress Angharad, and that i was once feeling relatively effortless along with her until eventually she demanded to learn in regards to the mechanicals, which she referred to as “those foul and unnatural creatures infesting my stables. ” spotting an order, I did my top to obey. I defined approximately clockwork and sound waves, after which I known as Betty out of her pantry. a foul suggestion, that. For whilst Betty trundled into the kitchen, Mistress Angharad vanished suddenly, reappearing a few mins later in a light and tattered country. “Sorry,” I acknowledged, and piped Betty again to her pantry with “The Bishop of Bangor’s Jig. ” “Mark my words,” Mistress Angharad stated. “That soulless factor stands out as the destroy of the home of Cwmlech. ” “If Sir Arthur can't listen you,” I stated shyly. “Do you inform me the place the treasure is concealed, and that i will move the note directly to him. ” “And he may think you, of course,” she acknowledged, her scorn thick as paint. “And drop all his helpful experiments and perhaps knock holes within the partitions along with. ” I bristled. “He could, if I positioned it to him thoroughly. ” “Maybe,” the ghost stated, “and probably now not. as a minimum, i can't let you know the place I concealed the treasure, have been I ever so prepared. Your ears couldn't pay attention the phrases. ” “Show me, then. ” She shrugged mistily. “There are principles and regulations upon ghosts as there are upon younger girls of mild start. Given my selection, I’d be neither. ” prior 11 it was once, and Mam watching for me to come back in earlier than she locked the door. I racked my drained mind. “Can you now not invent a riddling rhyme, then? depart a path of clues? ” “No and no. simply to Sir Arthur may possibly I display the hiding position —” “And Sir Arthur doesn’t think in ghosts,” i stopped for her.

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