Title: Steampunk: Looking to the Future Through the Lens of the Past
Author: Ekaterina Sedia
In: The Mammoth Book of Steampunk (Sean Wallace)
Rating Out of 5: 4 (Really good read!)
My Bookshelves: Non-fiction, Steampunk
Format: Short story
5th sentence, 74th page: And if it is, can we have progress without the horror that accompanies it?
An insightful look into the development of the steampunk genre.
I wasn’t expecting this as the beginning to an anthology of steampunk short stories. I thought that the collection would start with, well… an actual short story. Instead it started with a great insight into how the genre of steampunk has grown and expanded over the years. Mentions of some of the famous large names in the genre and just a great insight into some of the themes and messages that are carried throughout.
Although I’ve read a few steampunk stories throughout the last year (when I first discovered a steampunk novel), I didn’t really know much about the genre as a whole. I know that I enjoy it. It generally involves clockwork. And Victorian England. But that doesn’t really touch upon the rest of the themes that are present, and now that Sedia has given me a greater insight into this, I can’t wait to read the rest of this collection!
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