Edited by: Calvin D. Jim, Renee Bennett, and Ace Jordyn
Works by: Tim Ford, Amanda Clark, Laurel Anne Hill, K.H. Vaughan, Crystal Koo, Brent Nichols, Julia A. Rosenthal, William H. Keith, Shen Braun, Jennifer Rahn, Emily Mah, Frances Pauli, Camille Alexa, Tim Reynolds, Ray Dean, Frank Larnard, Derwin Mak, Nick Tramdack, and Minsoo Kang.
Publisher: Absolute XPress
Genre: Short Stories, Steampunk
Paperback: 168 pages
From ancient China to a future Mars, from the British Empire to the Old West, 19 authors show you worlds with alcohol fuelled dragons, philosophical automatons, and Qi-powered machines both wondrous and strange in tales of vengeance, paper lantern revolutions and flying monks. Shanghai Steam is a unique mashup of steampunk and the Chinese literary genre known as Wuxia (loosely translated as martial hero).
The variety and perspectives of China with the steam element in this set of short stories works well. I found this to be an entertaining collection of short stories that is a magical mesh of steampunk and wuxia.
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