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Issue Details: First known date: 2014... 2014 Kisses by Clockwork
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'Putting the steamy back into steampunk. 105,000 words of steampunk romance, edited by the award-winning Liz Grzyb.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.


  • Contents indexed selectively.
  • The non-AustLit authors and their contributions are Marilag Angway ('Smuggler's Deal'), Cherith Bladry ('The Venetian Cat), Gio Clairval ('The Writing Cembalo'), M.L.D. Curelas ('Ironclad'), Ray Dean ('Practically Perfect'), Rebecca Harwell ('Love in the Time of Clockwork Horses'), and Katrina Nicholson, ('Lady Presto Magnifico and the Disappearing Glass Ceiling').
  • Steampunk Note: The stories in this anthology contain many common steampunk tropes, including advanced clockwork machinery and a Victorian-era aesthetic. Furthermore, the stories are included in this story self-consciously as examples of work understood by their readers and authors as steampunk.


* Contents derived from the Nedlands, Inner Perth, Perth, Western Australia,:Ticonderoga Publications , 2014 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
The Kiss of Reba Maul, Richard Harland , single work short story romance science fiction

A continuation of the story told in Song of the Slums, but with an adult focus. Verrol, now an adult and a successful musician, falls in with a young girl who is tied to his criminal past, and who exerts a dangerous fascination for him.

(p. 13-31)
Descension, Faith Mudge , single work short story science fiction romance

In the great city of an empire that has been at peace for fifty years, the Empress arrives and a rebellion begins.

(p. 33-52)
Siri and the Chaos-Maker, Carol Ryles , single work short story science fiction romance

In city that depends on highly trained singers to keep their clockwork machines in perfectly working order, one such singer, Siri, comes up against a chaos-maker, a man of power who despises the predictability of clockwork.

(p. 53-72)
A Clockwork Heart, Amanda Pillar , single work short story romance science fiction

A rich young woman, disgraced by an affair with a married man and a subsequent pregnancy, is sent by her uncle to the distant hilltop down of Mercury, accessible only by dirigible, where she is to marry a man with his own secrets.

(p. 73-92)
South, to Glory, D. C. White , single work short story romance science fiction

A romp rather in the style of the Raffles stories, P.G. Wodehouse, and the like: follows Preston Featherstone (All-England Monocle-Polishing Champion) and his reliable manservant Bunny, as they discover that Preston's fiancée is a spy.

(p. 131-146)
The Tic-Toc Boy of Constantinople, Anthony Panegyres , single work short story romance science fiction

In a Constantinople under siege, a man with a clockwork heart and steampowered lungs breaks away from his over-protective mother, only to fall into the hands of enemies who are determined to find out how he works.

(p. 203-222)
The Law of Love, Angela Rega , single work short story science fiction romance

A sentient doll, created from the skin of a mermaid and of the man who built her, as a token to a mermaid he once loved, is sold to a toyshop when her creator falls in love again. She is sold to a poet, with whom she falls desperately in love. But the poet uses her as a physical substitute for his distant lover, and is not capable of returning her affections–or even of recognising her sentience.

(p. 241-248)
The Wild Colonial Clockwork Boy, Nicole R. Murphy , single work short story science fiction romance

Kate Doolan works as an inventor in Sydney Town, creating and servicing extravagant mechanical creations for the rich. But things take a turn for the worse when her estranged husband, bushranger Jack Doolan, returns to town, asking her to repair the mechanical arm she once made him.

(p. 263-280)
Escapement, Stephanie Gunn , single work short story romance science fiction

Described by the author as a 'weird steampunk dystopia novelette'.

Source: Author's blog ( (Sighted: 10/01/2017)

(p. 281-304)

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