Steampunk: the future of the past

Forget spaceships and laser guns – steampunk says it’s the Industrial Revolution that shows us what we’ve got to look forward to. Dress code: polished brass.

While fans of speculative fiction are not known for their adherence to high fashion, the genre produces no end of trends to follow. In recent years paranormal romance has put vampires back on the catwalk, posthumanism has been inspiring the look of science fiction for some time and the New Weird is still the new black in fantasy. But of all speculative fiction’s sub-genres, steampunk is proving to be among the most popular and influential.

Read more on the Guardian book blog.

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TOC Year’s Best SF 26

Gardner Dozois has announced the table of contents for The Year’s Best Science Fiction, twenty sixth annual collection over at the Asimov’s forum. As IO9 observes, there are a very large number of original anthologies represented in the TOC. Are the digests dead? Did they fall or where they pushed? Interzone, Postscripts and Solaris hold up the British end of things, congrats deserved all around there. But a disappointing lack of material from the online ‘zines, with only one story from Clarkesworld, leaving Strange Horizons as the most notable abscence. Perhaps the ‘zines prefence for more literary and / or genre bending stories have put them out of the running. Continue reading TOC Year’s Best SF 26