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Finishing School : A Colonial Adventure single work   graphic novel   fantasy  
Issue Details: First known date: 2011... 2011 Finishing School : A Colonial Adventure
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'Two ladies, Gwendoline Byrne and her friend, Cecile, are growing up and trying to determine what their roles in life will be. Cecile favors the traditional roles and education that are given to her, but Gwendoline dreams of adventures in the clouds.'

Source: Wired review ( (Sighted: 13/01/2017)


  • Steampunk Note: This story is included in an anthology of steampunk fiction. Set in colonial Australia, it focuses on gender roles and ambitions of flight. In this instance, dirigibles are the primary mode of flight, but one of the protagonists has dreams that heavier-than-air flight is possible (thus bringing non-steampunk technology into a steampunk world, rather than vice versa).

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  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Steampunk! An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories Gavin J. Grant (editor), Kelly Link (editor), Somerville : Candlewick Press , 2011 7057361 2011 anthology short story

    'Imagine an alternate universe where tinkerers and dreamers craft and re-craft a world of automatons, clockworks, calculating machines, and other marvels that never were. Visionaries Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant have taken a genre already rich, strange, and inventive and challenged fourteen masters of speculative fiction, including two graphic storytellers, to embrace its established themes and refashion them in surprising ways and settings. The result is an anthology that defies its genre even as it defines it.'

    Source: Publisher's blurb.

    Somerville : Candlewick Press , 2011
    pg. 291-307
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