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What I edited in 2017 aka my #AuntieEditor list

It’s that time of year for award nominations, and so, for your consideration, here is a list of all I edited in 2017.  Some books are steampunk, some are not, but all are simply fabulous!

I appreciate any support for my authors; several of them have made the 2017 Locus Recommended Reading List (huzzah!) This is also the first year that I qualify for Best Editor, Long Form, and hey, if you liked several of my titles,  little hat tip in this direction goes a long way. 🙂

After the jump, read more about these books, (listed in publication order) and, perhaps, check these out at the bookseller of your choice.

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Steampunk Hands Around the World 2018 – Master Link List

Boosting! For the fifth year, the Airship Ambassador is hosting Steampunk Hands Around the World.

Check out the link list & follow along on social media all month long!

Airship Ambassador

Welcome to the fifth year of sharing the unity, camaraderie, and amazing creativity of our global steampunk community!

This year, we’re taking to the roads and rails, the seas and the air as we head around the world on a steampunk road trip!

Follow along here for the daily link updates.

Follow on Twitter, using the hashtag #SteampunkHands

Follow on the Facebook Event page

We recommend using a translation service, such as Google or Bing (and several others), to access those pages not in your native language.

The Firefox and Chrome browsers have a built-in, right click menu option to translate selected text of a page using Google Translate.

Begin your travels here!

February 1

Airship Ambassador – Welcome!

The Countess – Steampunk Hands Around the World Eads Bridge (YouTube)

The Countess – Steampunk Hands Around the World, The Eads Bridge, St. Louis, MO

February 2

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Update: Arisia and Festival International de la Bande Dessinée in Angoulême & announcing The Salam Award for Imaginative Fiction

This January, I have the pleasure of attending two conventions I’ve never been to before. The first is Arisia in Boston,, where I’ll be on the following panels:

Diversity: Still Knows What We Did Last Summer
Marina 2 – Sat 1:00 PM
Last summer, Fireside Fiction found that of 2039 short stories published in the US in 2015, 38 were written by black authors. As we talk about diversity in SFF, what happens when good intentions on the part of major outlets fail so spectacularly? How does a POC author get their stories to the audience? Have things improved? Our panelists will be looking at how to get stories by diverse and representational authors to market, and what still needs to be done to address this ongoing problem in SFF.

SFF Relationship Goals
Bulfinch – Sat 4:00 PM
SFF doesn’t always have the best reputation when it comes to depicting romantic relationships, but that doesn’t mean that respectful, loving partnerships are nowhere to be found. In this panel, we will explore the good ones, where to find them, and what commonalities they might share. What can authors do to feature good relationships in their stories?

Policing Diverse Creators
Marina 1 – Sun 1:00 PM
Lately there have been many instances of diverse creators, both writing #ownvoices and not, who are subject to more scrutiny in things such as reviews and commentary about their works than white, non-#ownvoices authors who write about the same. What can we do to mitigate this? And how do we criticize problematic aspects while remaining aware of the power differential?

Beyond Metaphor: Explicit Representation in SFF
Faneuil – Sun 8:30 PM
There are many SFF works that talk around an issue, rather than facing it head-on. What works are there that directly talk about race, sexuality, gender identity, disability; things that have been addressed in the past mostly as metaphor? Are there any ways we are moving away from only being able to imagine ourselves in our protagonists in vague and subtle hints? What still has to happen before explicit representation works properly for everyone?



Next I’ll be attending the Festival International de la Bande Dessinée in Angoulême, France. The Festival is the third largest comics convention in Europe, and I’m there most scouting for new talent to US audiences and seeing what comics looks like on an international level.

Speaking of an international scope, I am also honored to be selected as the Editor Reviewer for the Salam Award for Imaginative Fiction for 2018. The goals of this award is best explained on their website:

The Salam Award for Imaginative Fiction is a tribute to Dr Abdus Salam, and an effort to promote science fiction writing in Pakistan.

Since inception Pakistan, as a nation, has struggled with conformity as a result of mass repression and suppression. Entrepreneurship, art, literature and innovation have all suffered from provincialism and orthodoxy. Challenging the boundaries of traditional thinking and ideologies is, we believe, one of the core competencies of any progressive society. The Salam Award is a small effort by a few concerned individuals to change that and encourage our populace to be more imaginative.

I’ll be joined by the Award Judges Elizabeth Hand, E. Lily Yu, and Anil Menon, and Agent Reviewer Jennie Goloboy of Red Sofa Literary.


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Steampunk Universe now on sale!

Steampunk Universe, edited by Sarah Hans

Steampunk Universe, edited by Sarah Hans. Click to purchase!

Happy 2018! Kicking off the new year to put in a good word for Steampunk Universe, the follow-up to Steampunk World that contains multicultural, global stories featuring disabled characters. I’m happy to provide the introduction for his title alongside SFF writer & disability advocate Elsa Sjunneson-Henry. Check out below for more information, the tables of contents underneath the jump, and check out the link to grab your own copy.

Book Description

We keep getting told that steampunk is not diverse.

We keep proving them wrong.

Several years ago, we brought you the award-winning anthology Steampunk World.

Since then, a number of prominent anthologies and other works of diverse steampunk fiction have sprung up.

But it is not enough.

We want to see characters like ALL our friends, like ALL the members of our families.

We want to see fully developed characters in steampunk who are disabled or aneurotypical. We want to see more than token characters and cliched plots.

We were told it would be too hard, especially in steampunk.

We are going to prove them wrong again – and we want you to join us.

Join editor Sarah Hans, our cover artist James Ng, and contributors Ken Liu, Jody Lynn Nye, Maurice Broaddus, Malon Edwards, Emily Cataneo, Pip Ballantine and nine others today.
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Signal-boost: Steampunk Connection, a feature-length documentary

Last year, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by French-Canadian steampunk François Bonneau for an upcoming steampunk documentary directed by Annie Deniel, called Steampunk Connection. A quick summary of their project can be found on their page:

Daniel, François, Adam and Clara are active members of the unique steampunk community whose aesthetics are inspired by science-fiction and the Victorian era. Their eccentric – and upcycled – creations force us to think about our own living and consumer habits in this digital age.

Their encounters and their own artistic journey calls us to reflect on the impact technology has on our own lives. Beyond the cosplay aspect (which is the practise of dressing up as characters), these artists are keen DIYers who believe that knowledge is better shared. They also draw on the romantic values of a bygone era and make etiquette and decorum cool again.

Featuring this passionate community is an original way to talk about human needs in the digital era.This film is for everyone as the themes it explores are universal.

Annie dropped a note requesting steampunks to submit footage and pictures that they can feature as part of the documentary’s promotions:

“‘Hey steampunks!

For a wonderful international documentary about the community steampunk, we are looking for images of incredible steampunk machines with their inventor.

We are looking more specific places (ex: cafe place) vehicles or practical inventions than costumes or accessories excepted if it reflects the cultural aspect.

The footage can be filmed with a simple iPhone and send by we transfer ( at this address : It’s free.

It’s an opportunity to show your work and of course your name will be credited! If you need more information, you can join us at the same e-mail address.

We are here to answer at your questions with pleasure!”

Hope folks will be able to help & boost this wonderful little film about the community.

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“Nevertheless, She Persisted” – a Short Fiction series on

For International Women’s Day, I’m pleased to publish the following anthology of short fiction on Below is my introduction, and hope you all enjoy the read today!
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Congrats! Like Clockwork wins the Ray & Pat Browne Award for Best Edited Collection in Popular Culture and American Culture


So very pleased to announce that Like Clockwork: Steampunk Pasts, Presents, & Futures, has been selected as a co-winner for the Ray & Pat Browne Award for Best Edited Collection in Popular Culture and American Culture.  I’m proud to have the hard work of all the contributors and the editors Rachel Bowser and Brian Croxall honored with this recognition.


Also happy that this collection shares this award with the other co-winners (who have overlapping interests with our followers!): Black Cowboys in the American West: On the Range, On the Stage, Behind the Badge, edited by Bruce A. Glasrud & Michael N. Searles, and The Age of Lovecraft by Carl H. Sederholm & Jeffrey Andrew Weinstock.



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Boosting Fleet of Fleece!



This February, the Airship Ashanti is organizing an event with other steampunk organizations to support Project Linus, which provides blankets for charity. Come and help those in need stay warm this winter and join the Fleet of Fleece, either by going to their event on February 11th, or reaching out to host one in your local community.


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Steampunk Retrospective: Airship Ambassador’s 100th Milestone Interview Series

Kevin Steil, Airship Ambassador

Photo Credit: Allison Stock Photography

To close out 2016, I’m boosting my steampunk comrade-in-arms Kevin Steil’s 100th interview on the Airship Ambassador (and here’s great snapshot of him from my wedding this year, where he served as the officiant!). He has been tirelessly tacking the steampunk community for the last six years, and has touched base with people he interviewed in the past (including yours truly) to see how their time in the community has been. Here’s the full ten part series, featuring Tee Morris and Pip Ballantine, Evan Butterfield, Gail Carriger, Jaymee Goh, James Ng, Mike Perschon, Richard Preston, Lev AC Rosen, Arthur Slade, Nick Valentino, and Jean-Christophe Valtat.

Cheers, and see you in 2017!

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What I wrote and edited in 2016

I haven’t done this in previous years, but since becoming more involved in the SF/F community (and because people have asked — thanks people!), here is a list of things I published & edited in 2016 when nomination season comes around for the Hugos.

I’m saying right off that I do not qualify for Best Editor for Long, simply because I haven’t have enough novels published this year, and I don’t qualify under Short, which applies to anthologies and magazines. But I will add that if you enjoyed any of the works by authors I have worked with, it would certainly not be amiss to support them!

For those curious whether Beyond Victoriana itself qualifies for anything, it could for Best Fanzine or Best Related Work. The blog celebrated 7 years online in October, and I figured that is an accomplishment in itself. 🙂

Things I Wrote

The Airship Ashanti in the 2015 Internationa Steampunk Symposium. They were that year's winners of the Airship Games.

On Crafting a Subcultural Lifestyle: Objects and the Search for Home in Steampunk – A 4-part series that was my contribution to Steampunk Hands Around the World for this year.

like-clockwork“Punking the Other: On the Performance of Racial and National Identities in Steampunk” in Like Clockwork: Steampunk Past, Presents and Futures.

Things I Edited

Short Story

9780765390509Everything that Isn’t Winter” by Margaret Killjoy
Does a renewed world still have a place for those who only know how to destroy? While defending a tea-growing commune in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest, one person seeks an answer.




9780765389442A Dead Djinn in Cairo” by P. Djeli Clark
Egypt, 1912. In an alternate Cairo infused with the otherworldly, the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities investigate disturbances between the mortal and the (possibly) divine. What starts off as an odd suicide case for Special Investigator Fatma el-Sha’arawi leads her through the city’s underbelly as she encounters rampaging ghouls, saucy assassins, clockwork angels, and plot that could unravel time itself, in P. Djèlí Clark’s Tor.Com Original, A Dead Djinn in Cairo.

9780765392022“Chains” by A. J. Hartley
Anglet Sutonga is more realistic than most teenagers, but still dreams of rising above the impoverished streets of Bar-Selehm. When an opportunity comes along, will she take it? And what does she risk in order not to throw away her shot? A novelette set before the events of A.J. Hartley’s Steeplejack.

9780765391964“The Three Lives of Sonata James” by Lettie Prell
In a cyber-enhanced, futuristic Chicago, Sonata knows near-immortality is achievable through downloading her mind into a cyborg body after death. But this young artist wants to prove that living forever isn’t the same as living a beautiful life. The Three Lives of Sonata James, a Original from science fiction author Lettie Prell.


9780765383426Steeplejack by A. J. Hartley
Thoughtfully imaginative and action-packed, Steeplejack is New York Times bestselling A. J. Hartley’s YA debut set in a 19th-century South African fantasy world

Seventeen-year-old Anglet Sutonga lives repairing the chimneys, towers, and spires of the city of Bar-Selehm. Dramatically different communities live and work alongside each other. The white Feldish command the nation’s higher echelons of society. The native Mahweni are divided between city life and the savannah. And then there’s Ang, part of the Lani community who immigrated over generations ago as servants and now mostly live in poverty on Bar-Selehm’s edges.

When Ang is supposed to meet her new apprentice Berrit, she finds him dead. That same night, the Beacon, an invaluable historical icon, is stolen. The Beacon’s theft commands the headlines, yet no one seems to care about Berrit’s murder—except for Josiah Willinghouse, an enigmatic young politician. When he offers her a job investigating his death, she plunges headlong into new and unexpected dangers.

Meanwhile, crowds gather in protests over the city’s mounting troubles. Rumors surrounding the Beacon’s theft grow. More suspicious deaths occur. With no one to help Ang except Josiah’s haughty younger sister, a savvy newspaper girl, and a kindhearted herder, Ang must rely on her intellect and strength to resolve the mysterious link between Berrit and the missing Beacon before the city descends into chaos.

“A richly realized world, an intensely likable character, and a mystery to die for.” — Cory Doctorow, New York Times-bestselling author

high-stakesHigh Stakes, edited by George R. R. Martin & Melinda Snodgrass
(In this case, I was the book’s in-house editor, since obviously GRRM is series editor for Wild Cards.)

Perfect for old fans and new readers alike, High Stakes (Wild Cards) delves deeper into the world of aces, jokers, and the hard-boiled men and women of the Fort Freak police precinct in a pulpy, page-turning novel of superheroics and Lovecraftian horror.

After the concluding events of Lowball, Officer Francis Black of Fort Freak, vigilante joker Marcus “The Infamous Black Tongue” Morgan, and ace thief Mollie “Tesseract” Steunenberg get stuck in Talas, Kazakhstan. There, the coldblooded Baba Yaga forces jokers into an illegal fighting ring, but her hidden agenda is much darker: her fighters’ deaths serve to placate a vicious monster from another dimension. When the last line of defense against this world weakens, all hell breaks loose, literally….

The Committee in New York sends a team of aces to investigate. One by one, each falls victim to evil forces–including the dark impulses within themselves. Only the perseverance of the most unlikely of heroes has a chance of saving the world before utter chaos erupts on Earth.

Edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author George R. R. Martin, High Stakes features the writing talents of Melinda M. Snodgrass, John Jos. Miller, David Anthony Durham, Caroline Spector, Stephen Leigh, and Ian Tregillis.

9780765376565Chapel of Ease by Alex Bledsoe

The latest installment in Alex Bledsoe’s critically-acclaimed Tufa series that Kirkus Reviews calls “powerful, character-driven drama…a sheer delight.” (starred review)

When Matt Johansson, a young New York actor, auditions for “Chapel of Ease,” an off-Broadway musical, he is instantly charmed by Ray Parrish, the show’s writer and composer. They soon become friends; Matt learns that Ray’s people call themselves the Tufa and that the musical is based on the history of his isolated home town. But there is one question in the show’s script that Ray refuses to answer: what is buried in the ruins of the chapel of ease?

As opening night approaches, strange things begin to happen. A dreadlocked girl follows Ray and spies on him. At the press preview, a strange Tufa woman warns him to stop the show. Then, as the rave reviews arrive, Ray dies in his sleep.

Matt and the cast are distraught, but there’s no question of shutting down: the run quickly sells out. They postpone opening night for a week and Matt volunteers to take Ray’s ashes back to Needsville. He also hopes, while he’s there, to find out more of the real story behind the play and discover the secret that Ray took to his grave.

Matt’s journey into the haunting Appalachian mountains of Cloud County sets him on a dangerous path, where some secrets deserve to stay buried.


9780765392824Patterns of the Wheel: Coloring Art Based on Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time,  Art by Amy Romanczuk

Let the Dragon be drawn again on the winds of time. Patterns of the Wheel is an adult coloring book suitable for all ages featuring original art drawn from The Wheel of Time ®.

Since its debut in 1990, The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan has captivated millions of readers around the globe with its scope, originality, and compelling characters. Over the course of fifteen books and millions of words, the world that Jordan created grew in depth and complexity.Now for the very first time, fans of this astounding saga can color in the hues and vibrant shades of Robert Jordan’s most beloved fantasy world. Adorn the symbols of the Ajah and the patterns on Gleeman’s Cloak.

Experience the peaks of Dragonmount, the depths of the Aryth Ocean, and other parts of the realm. Fill in evocative mandalas, depictions of Old Tongue, and an array of the Wheel of Time’s most well-known symbols and magical items. Designed by officially-licensed Wheel of Time artist Amy Romanczuk, Patterns of the Wheel features 40 drawings inspired by pysanky, a traditional Ukrainian folkart, to provide hours of delight for The Wheel of Time’s legions of fans.

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