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Combining the timeless fairy tales that we all read as children with the out-of-time technological wizardry that is steampunk, this collection of stories blends the old and the new in ways sure to engage every fantasy reader.…
Inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Red Shoes,” New York Times bestselling author K. W. Jeter’s “La Valse” forges a fable about love, the decadence of technology, and a gala dance that becomes the obsession of a young engineer—and the doom of those who partake in it.…
In “You Will Attend Until Beauty Awakens,” national bestselling author and John W. Campbell Award winner Jay Lake tells the story of Sleeping Beauty—and how the princess was conceived in deception, raised in danger, and rescued by a prince who may be less than valiant.
The tale of “The Tinderbox” takes a turn into the surreal when a damaged young soldier comes into possession of an intricate, treacherous treasure and is drawn into a mission of mercy in national bestselling author Kat Richardson’s “The Hollow Hounds.”
In “The Kings of Mount Golden,” Hugo and World Fantasy Award nominee Paul Di Filippo tells the story of a young man’s search for his heritage and a mechanical marvel that lies at the heart of a sinister pact in this fascinating take on “The King of the Golden Mountain.”
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Nancy A. Collins
G. K. Hayes
Take a few of the Western world's best-known fairy tales, toss in a generous helping of gizmos and steam, and you get one of the most inspired mash-ups of the year. Steampunk originator K.W. Jeter offers the gruesome elegance of "La Valse," in which a fancy ball to celebrate the New Year encloses dancers in apparatuses that automate the dancing. Jay Lake's "You Will Attend Until Beauty Awakens" gives a neat and surprising twist to the story of Sleeping Beauty. In "The Steampiper, the Stovepiper, and the Pied Piper of New Hamelin, Texas," Gregory Nicoll concocts a Wild West version of the classic tale, though he never explains why Comanches would want to buy little blond children, or why a girl young enough to be lured by the Piper is old enough to join the hero in a hot tub. There are many thoughtful new spins on old favorites, with plenty of gory encounters between flesh and machines that recall fairy tales' gruesome pre-Disney days.