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Steampunk! edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J Grant, reviewed by Mal Peet

The exclamation mark in the title of this collection suggests an announcement, a new arrival. In fact, the term was coined in 1987 to denote a burgeoning sub-genre of fantasy in which the principles of Gibsonian cyberpunk are projected backwards on to a wildly reimagined 19th century. I can only guess at what yearnings underlie this weird historical revisionism, but I find myself drawn to it. Perhaps this is because steampunk, despite its obsession with kit, boasts a great many feisty heroines who are handy with a wrench or a temporal displacement occulator. On the strength of this anthology, it is no boys-only genre. MAL PEET

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