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Issue Details: First known date: 2012... 2012 Steamgothic
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'An entertaining novelette mashup of steampunk/Goth/Victoriana/aviation. An unfeasibly early steam-powered airplane is found, perfectly preserved, in a barn – if it had flown, the history of aviation, and the course of the last two centuries, would have been completely different.'

Source: Best SF ( (Sighted: 20/6/2014)


  • Steampunk note: This story is not typically steampunk (for example, it is set in the 'second decade of the twenty-first century'), yet plays into the style's common thematic fields by featuring an advanced anachronistic aircraft, drawing out notions of technologically advanced alternate histories. It also plays self-consciously with steampunk tropes: the mysterious visitors, for example, are 'dressed in matching brown ankle coats and wearing motoring goggles on their foreheads. [...] The woman gleamed with silver jewellery, mostly in the shape of electroplated cogs wheels, dials, and piping'.

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  • Appears in:
    y Interzone no. 241 July/August 2012 7506819 2012 periodical issue 2012 pg. 4-15
  • Appears in:
    y Ghosts of Engines Past Sean McMullen , United States of America (USA) : ReAnimus Press , 2013 7506599 2013 selected work short story science fiction fantasy

    A collection of Sean McMullen's previously published stories.

    United States of America (USA) : ReAnimus Press , 2013
    pg. 277-302
  • Appears in:
    y The Year's Best Science Fiction : Thirtieth Annual Collection Gardner Dozois (editor), United States of America (USA) : St. Martin's Griffin , 2013 10489329 2013 anthology short story science fiction

    'In the new millennium, what secrets lay beyond the far reaches of the universe? What mysteries belie the truths we once held to be self evident? The world of science fiction has long been a porthole into the realities of tomorrow, blurring the line between life and art. Now, in The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirtieth Annual Collection the very best SF authors explore ideas of a new world through their short stories. This venerable collection brings together award winning authors and masters of the field such as Robert Reed, Alastair Reynolds, Damien Broderick, Elizabeth Bear, Paul McAuley and John Barnes. And with an extensive recommended reading guide and a summation of the year in science fiction, this annual compilation has become the definitive must-read anthology for all science fiction fans and readers interested in breaking into the genre.'

    Source : Publisher's Blurb

    United States of America (USA) : St. Martin's Griffin , 2013
    pg. xlii+654
  • Appears in:
    y The Mammoth Book of Best New SF 26 Gardner Dozois (editor), United Kingdom (UK) : Robinson Publishing Ltd , 2013 10489402 2013 anthology short story science fiction

    'For nearly three decades, Gardner Dozois has been presenting his weighty and eclectic annual selection of short science fiction that deserves to be better known to a wider audience. It has consistently been voted Year's Best Anthology by the readers of Locus magazine, overwhelmingly more often than any other collection.

    Unfailingly, Dozois's selection offers the very best stories of the year, showcasing outstanding new talents alongside acknowledged masters of the genre.

    This year's collection is no exception, including the work of over 30 writers, including: Robert Reed, Alastair Reynolds, Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear, Paul McAuley, Linda Nagata, Indrapreamit Das, Pat Cadigan, Andy Duncan, Brit Mandelo, Carrie Vaughn and many more.

    It includes, as ever, Dozois's magisterial summation of 2012 in SF.'

    Source: Publisher's Blurb

    United Kingdom (UK) : Robinson Publishing Ltd , 2013
    pg. xliv+720
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