Friday, August 26, 2011

Dreams of Steam II; Brass and Bolts

After the success of Dreams of Steam, the good editor Ms. Richardson told me there would be a sequel and asked if I would contribute. I agreed and the result is in this second DOS anthology. My story (novella really) is a continuation of the "Brass Africa" saga and worth taking a look at even if you don't normally care for steampunk. (Ironically, one of the early reviews of the anthology gives it 5 out of 5 stars and notes that there is only one story they did not like. I suspect it is mine.) The Brass Africa tales are not run-of-the-mill standard Victorian or American West steampunk. Rather than go where people like Cherie Priest have already gone, I have my own view of the genre and a unique approach. Yes, the story is set in Africa, earlier in time and tech than most steampunk stories, and with more than a touch of African history and myth. If you don't like that in your steampunk, I respect that and humbly say, the Brass Africa stories are not for you. I do, however, think that if you are a fan of the more conventional steampunk, you will absolutely love the rest of the anthology and still encourage you to pick it up.

Let me conclude by saying that, after you've read it, feel free to nominate "Grass Elephant" for every award and "Best of the Year" anthology collection you can think of. I normally don't hype my own stuff that strongly so, to answer the implied question: Yes, I think it's that good.

UPDATE: I forgot to mention, the book is not just available in trade paperback. It is also available as a hardback or ebook. If you local or internet book provider are not listing these two additional formats, you can order them directly from the publisher at


Jared Millet said...

"Black Rhino" was one of my favorite pieces in DoS1. I'm looking forward to the follow-up.

Anonymous said...

I'll agree that both books are good, though on Dreams of Steam II, I have a similar bias, having written "Dreams of Freedom."

That point aside, I have heard from several readers and they are quite pleased with all the stories featured.

What I find most interesting is that the new volume is noticeably darker than the first, going into more shadowy places than steampunk as a whole does. I think this is a good thing because it makes both of these volumes stand out from other steampunk anthologies.