If this week proves anything, it’s two things: steampunk is still going strong as a trend, and it’s growing. And if this anthology proves anything, it’s that we really like lesbians. After Steam-Powered: Lesbian Steampunk Stories came out last year, Torquere Books realized it was pretty popular! And thus JoSelle Vanderhooft signed on again to bring us Steam-Powered 2: More Lesbian Steampunk Stories (with an implicit promise that she’ll bring us another, and another, and another…). Steam-Powered II: More Lesbian Steampunk Stories comes out October 26 from Torquere Books, and you can place pre-orders by emailing JoSelle directly. If you like lesbian fantasy anthologies in general, JoSelle has edited a whole lot of them.
So, what can we expect from this new anthology?
3 responses to “More Lesbian Steampunk Stories: A Roundtable with Steam-Powered II Authors by Jaymee Goh on Tor.com”
I haven’t read any of these, but I’m guessing it is a romance with a steampunk backdrop used as a unique twist to the lipstick romance genre. I could be wrong, but I see this as nothing more than marketing.
Has anyone on this list actually read any of these stories? Are they really steampunk or just marketed that way?
From my experience reading the first volume, those stories were steampunk by my definition of:
1) being retrofuturistic technofantasy
2) not having romance being the primary quality in all of them (though they are for some).
So while I can’t speak for the second volume, I can at least trust that JoSelle Vanderhooft’s editorial selections are quality.
Sounds great – thanks for the feedback. I’ll have to put both volumes on my to read list. I appreciate it!