I’m really excited about the Shanghai Steam anthology, a collection on steampunk and wuxia mash-ups. You can tell from the cover that these will be unique and fantastic stories.
I was so excited that I bought two copies and am looking forward to reading it once the holiday crush is over. I offered a giveaway copy through my newsletter and asked what Chinese invention would make a great steampunk gadget. The answers I received were fabulous:
- Rocket powered trains or chairs, a la Wan Hu
- Robot dragons (There is a curious 3rd century BC account of Chinese automata. Neat, huh?)
- Gunpowder technology
- Iron ships
- Weaponized lanterns
- Mechanized wheelbarrows
I’m very curious now to see what sort of steampunk gadgetry will appear in these stories. But now for the winner of the giveaway:
Thank you everyone for entering. I will contact Jennifer by e-mail to send her a copy of Shanghai Steamed. Hopefully everyone else who found these ideas intriguing will go out and buy the anthology. We can read it together. 🙂
Dec 31, 2012 @ 19:55:19
Congratulations to Jennifer! 🙂
K. H. Vaughan
Apr 12, 2013 @ 08:14:10
Came across your post this morning and wanted to let you know that I appreciate you writing about the book and hope you enjoyed it.
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Apr 14, 2013 @ 14:32:59
Ken – My pleasure! I’ve started reading the antho, beginning with the last story first just because I’ve read Minsoo Kang’s work before and was excited for his installment in this anthology. So far every story I’ve read in the anthology is fantastic. I wasn’t able to comment on your blog to say so since you need to be logged in.