Those of you who aren’t thoroughly sick of steampunk may remember that “A Serpent in the Gears” was picked up by Jeff and Ann VanderMeer’s Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded anthology, and the release date for that anthology is at hand! Again, I’m honored and flattered to be part of this, and my inner geek — which has never been very inner to begin with — has been frothing at the mouth every time I see who else is in the anthology. Catherynne Valente! William Gibson! Cherie Priest! Sydney Padua! (And apparently there’s a Mecha-Ostrich…oh my.)
If I were feeling magnanimous, I’d arrange to give away a copy here on the blog. As it is, though, I’m letting someone else be magnanimous for me. Beneath Ceaseless Skies is giving away a signed copy, in conjunction with Genevieve Valentine’s story “Bread and Circuses.” To make things even better, today’s issue also features Anne Cross’ “The Popinjay’s Daughter.” Anne is a member of BRAWL, and it’s great to see her work out there in the world. Especially in BCS, which is a magazine I love.
I don’t yet have my contributor’s copy (though I can sense it on its way…’scuse me, gotta mop up the drool), but damn, this is a beautiful book. You want a copy, right? So go read the rules for the contest, then do whatever you have to so that you can have Steampunk Reloaded delivered straight to your door. I can’t promise that it will be hand-delivered by a goggle-eyed brass automaton who has just descended by jetpack from an airship that hovers ponderously above your house while from its many phonograph speakers thunder the strains of a jaunty melody of the sort that would make Charles Babbage develop a nasty twitch…but I can certainly imply it.
…Or you could, you know, buy a copy, if you want to do it the boring way. But that way, when you win the free copy from BCS, you’ll have two! And then you can put them in a box together and make them fight…hang on, I just remembered why I’m not supposed to post before coffee.
Today’s Magic District features Little Timmy, Little Grignr, and the Professor.
Well, actually, it leaves them behind early on, while I go on for a bit about technobabble and its fantasy counterpart, arcanababble. (Is there a better word for the fantasy equivalent of technobabble? I don’t think I’m the first to have come up with this, and I suspect there’s a more elegant term out there.)
Go on over and take a look at some ways to use technobabble to your advantage — and, as a bonus, there’s a short excerpt from a story that won’t be up in Beneath Ceaseless Skies till next year!