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A diverse steampunk anthology from your favorite award-winning authors, including Jay Lake, Nisi Shawl, Ken Liu, and Lucy A. Snyder.

Alliteration Ink presents

Steampunk is fascinating. There's something compelling about the shine of clicking brass clockwork and hiss of steam-driven automatons. But until recently, there was something missing.

It was easy to find excellent stories of American and British citizens... but we rarely got to see steampunk from the point of view of the rest of the world.

Steampunk World is a showcase for nineteen authors to flip the levers and start the pistons and invite you to experience the entirety of steampunk.

With this Kickstarter project, we're asking for help to make Steampunk World a reality. We want to pay the authors, cover artist, and editor professional rates for their work and offer you the chance to get the book before anyone else. And we need your help to make this book happen.

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Edited by Sarah Hans, this anthology's nineteen authors bring us the very best steampunk stories from around the world. The full list of the award-winning authors - including the introduction from Diana M. Pho, founding editor of the oldest-running multicultural blog Beyond Victoriana - can be found below. The cover artwork is by James Ng.

The contributors have won a wide range of awards for their previous work, including the Hugo Award, Nebula Award, World Fantasy Award, Bram Stoker Award, John W. Campbell Award, Steampunk Chronicle Reader's Choice Awards, SteamCon Airship Award, Octavia E. Butler Scholarship Award, Goodreads Award, Parsec Award, and the Origins Award.


Stretch Goals

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We will commission a NEW cover painting from James Ng. All backers (at every level) receive a downloadable wallpaper background of the new cover.  This new cover will be only available for Kickstarter Backers.

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Interior illustrations for every story in the anthology by James, with downloadable wallpaper backgrounds for backers at every level!

This stretch goal will guarantee that there is a Steampunk World: Volume Two.  Sarah will reprise her role as anthologist, but this time with an open call for submissions to help broaden representation even further.  All backers will get at least an electronic copy of Volume Two.

This goal will provide for original commissioned (and again, exclusive to Kickstarter backers) cover for Steampunk World: Volume Two.

Getting the Books

Pledge $10 or more and receive the full eBook (in all three formats: PDF, ePub, and Kindle) automatically as part of the backer reward. Pledge $20 or more and receive a paperback copy and the eBook automatically as part of the backer rewards.

BUT WAIT. We'll also offer you the chance to receive additional copies of Steampunk World, in any preferred format, with your donation.

It's simple: to get additional copies with your donation, add a few extra dollars to quality to this reward bonus. Check out the details below:

Extra $10 = 1 additional ebook copy
Extra $20 = 1 additional copy of the paperback
Extra $50 = 1 additional copy of the hardcover

This deal works on ANY REWARD LEVEL.

For example, if you donate $40, you can qualify for any of the below combinations:

a. the $40 backer reward
b. the $20 backer reward and 2 additional copies of the ebook
c. the $20 backer reward and 1 additional copy of the paperback

It's your choice (and our great appreciation!) to get what you want. You can order as MANY extra copies as you like at this bonus donation rate. And we will contact you after the campaign end to make sure we get your preferred number of copies.

The Artist

James Ng (pronounced Ing) was born in Hong Kong, where he spent most of his childhood drawing monsters and robots, making his own elaborate cardboard toys, and playing soccer. Ever since, he has been on the move between Hong Kong, Vancouver, Chicago and New York. His travels have greatly influenced him, allowing him to combine Eastern and Western cultures in his artwork.

Currently James is enjoying the freedom of being a freelance concept artist and illustrator. After a sunny summer in Vancouver, and traveling to London, and then to New York for an award show and exhibition, he is back in his home of Hong Kong to continue his career.

Taking a break from exhibitions and shows in 2013, James has 2 shows and a few paintings lined up in 2014 and will be announced when press release is ready.

James would love to hear your comments and criticism regarding his artwork. Feel free to message him on facebook or twitter.

The Authors

Jay Lake is the award-winning author of ten novels, five collections, and over 300 short stories. He was the winner of the 2004 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. He has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards. He has been published by Tor Books, Night Shade Books, MonkeyBrain Books, Fairwood Press, Wheatland Press, and Subterranean Press. He is also a cancer survivor who blogs about politics, technology, and health.

Ken Liu is an author and translator of speculative fiction, as well as a lawyer and programmer. His fiction has appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Asimov's, Analog, Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Strange Horizons, among other places. He has won a Nebula, two Hugos, a World Fantasy Award, and a Science Fiction & Fantasy Translation Award, and been nominated for the Sturgeon and the Locus Awards. He lives with his family near Boston, Massachusetts.

Nisi Shawl’s collection Filter House was a 2009 James Tiptree, Jr., Award winner; her stories have been published at Strange Horizons, in Asimov’s SF Magazine, and in anthologies including The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. She was the 2011 Guest of Honor at the feminist SF convention WisCon and 2014 co-Guest of Honor for the Science Fiction Research Association.  She co-authored the renowned Writing the Other: A Practical Approach with Cynthia Ward.  Shawl’s Belgian Congo steampunk novel Everfair is forthcoming in 2015 from Tor Books.

Lucy A. Snyder is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of the novels Spellbent, Shotgun Sorceress, Switchblade Goddess, and the collections Orchid Carousals, Sparks and Shadows, Chimeric Machines, and Installing Linux on a Dead Badger. She will have two new books out in 2014: Shooting Yourself in the Head For Fun and Profit: A Writer's Guide will be released by Post Mortem Press, and her story collection Soft Apocalypses will be released by Raw Dog Screaming Press. Her writing has been translated into French, Russian, and Japanese editions and has appeared in publications such as What Fates Impose, Strange Horizons, Weird Tales, Hellbound Hearts, Dark Faith, Chiaroscuro, GUD, and Best Horror of the Year, Vol. 5.

S. J. Chambers is the Hugo and World Fantasy nominated co-author of the best-selling The Steampunk Bible and The Steampunk Bible 2014 Calendar (Abrams Image).  Her fiction has appeared in a variety of venues, including Mungbeing magazine (where her story “Of Parallel and Parcel" was nominated for a Pushcart prize), New Myths, Yankee Pot Roast, as well as in anthologies like the World Fantasy nominated Thackery T. Lambshead’s Cabinet Of Curiosities (HarperCollins),  Zombies: Shambling Through The Ages (Prime Books), and the Spanish steampunk anthology Planes B. She has stories forthcoming in  Starry Wisdom Library (PS Publishing), Acronos (Tyrannosaurus Books), and in The New Gothic (Stone Skin Press) the latter which features her collaboration with writer extarodinaire Jesse Bullington.  

Jaymee Goh is the postcolonial steampunk writer of Silver Goggles, a blog that focuses on postcoloniality, anti-racism and the meaningful participation of people of color in steampunk beyond tokenism. She has been seen on the Apex Book Company Blog, Racialicious.com, and Tor.com. Her non-fiction has been published in Steampunk III: Steampunk Revolution, The WisCon Chronicles, and Fashion Talks: Undressing the Power of Style. Her previously published short stories take place in the same steampunk 'verse as this one. Currently she is a Comparative Literature PhD student at UC Riverside.

Rochita Loenen-Ruiz is an essayist, a fictionist and a poet. A Filipino writer, now living in the Netherlands, she attended Clarion West in 2009 and was a recipient of the Octavia Butler scholarship. In 2013, her short fiction was shortlisted for the BSFA short fiction award. Most recently, her fiction has appeared in We See a Different Frontier, Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond, What Fates Impose, The End of the Road anthology, and as part of Redmond Radio’s Afrofuturism Event for the Amsterdam Museumnacht at FOAM museum. She also has upcoming work in Clarkesworld Magazine.

Lillian Cohen-Moore is an award winning editor (Indie RPG Awards, Origins Award, for Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple), and devotes her writing to fiction, journalism and game design. Influenced by the work of Jewish authors and horror movies, she draws on bubbe meises (grandmother’s tales) and horror classics for inspiration.  She loves exploring and photographing abandoned places. She is a member of  the Society of Professional Journalists and the Online News Association.

New Zealand born fantasy writer and podcaster Philippa (Pip) Ballantine is the author of the Books of the Order and the Shifted World series. She is also the co-author with her husband Tee Morris of the Locus best selling, Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences novels, which have all appeared in the top 10 science fiction titles of the Goodreads Awards for the year they were published. Her other awards include an Airship, two Parsecs, the Steampunk Chronicle Reader’s Choice, and a Sir Julius Vogel. She currently resides in Manassas, Virginia with her husband, daughter, and a furry clowder of cats.

Balogun Ojetade is author the Steamfunk novel Moses: The Chronicles of Harriet Tubman, the Sword and Soul novel Once Upon A Time in Afrika and the Urban Fantasy novel Redeemer. He is contributing co-editor of the anthologies, Steamfunk and Ki-Khanga: The Anthology. Finally, he is screenwriter and director of the action film, A Single Link and the Steamfunk film Rite of Passage.

Alex Bledsoe grew up in west Tennessee an hour north of Graceland (home of Elvis) and twenty minutes from Nutbush (birthplace of Tina Turner). He's been a reporter, editor, photographer and door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesman. He now lives in a Wisconsin town famous for trolls, writes before six in the morning and tries to teach his three kids to act like they’ve been to town before. He is the author of the Eddie LaCrosse series (most recently He Drank, and Saw the Spider), the Tufa novels (Wisp of a Thing and The Hum and the Shiver) and the Firefly Witch ebooks.

Indrapramit Das is a writer and artist from Kolkata, India. His fiction has appeared in publications including Clarkesworld Magazine, Asimov's Science Fiction and Apex Magazine, as well as anthologies such as The Year's Best Science Fiction: Thirtieth Annual Collection (St. Martin's Press), Aliens: Recent Encounters (Prime Books) and Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond(Rosarium Publishing). He has written reviews of film, books, comics and TV for Strange Horizons and Slant Magazine. He is a grateful graduate of the 2012 Clarion West Writers Workshop and a recipient of the Octavia E. Butler Scholarship Award to attend the former. He completed his MFA at the University of British Columbia and is currently in Vancouver working as a freelance writer, artist, editor, critic, TV extra, game tester, tutor, would-be novelist, and aspirant to adulthood.

Emily Cataneo is a dark fantasy and horror writer based in Boston, Mass. Her short fiction is forthcoming from the Chiral Mad 2 anthology and from the online magazine Kaleidotrope. She is a 2013 graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop and a member of the online Codex Writers Group. Her stories usually involve winter, bones, female friendships, the Victorian occult, anxious characters, and the darkly beautiful. When she's not writing fiction, she's a freelance journalist for the paper of record in the Greater Boston area.

Malon Edwards was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, but now lives in the Greater Toronto Area, where he was lured by his beautiful Canadian wife. Many of his short stories are set in an alternate Chicago and feature people of color. Currently, he serves as Managing Director and Grants Administrator for the Speculative Literature Foundation, which provides a number of grants for writers of speculative literature.

Tade Thompson’s roots are in Western Nigeria and South London. His short stories have been published in small press, webzines and anthologies. Most recently, his story "Notes from Gethsemane" appeared in The Afro SF Anthology, and  "Shadow" appeared in The Apex Book of World SF 2, and "120 Days of Sunlight" appeared in Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond. He lives and works in South England. He creates under a unified influence field comprised of books, music, theatre, comics, art, movies, gourmet coffee, and amala. He has been known to haunt coffee shops, jazz bars, bookshops, and libraries. He is an occasional visual artist and tortures his family with his attempts to play the guitar.

Nayad A. Monroe is an editor and short-story writer. She read over 5,000 submissions for the Hugo Award-winning semiprozine,Clarkesworld Magazine, before she became an editor with her anthology of divination stories, What Fates Impose. Several of her short stories have been published in various anthologies, such as Space Grunts: Full-Throttle Space Tales #3; Space Tramps: Full-Throttle Space Tales #5; The Crimson Pact: Volume Two; and Sidekicks!. Her sidekick story, "Quintuple-A," is scheduled to be made into a short film by Wild Hawk Entertainment. Nayad has also contributed an interview with Tim Powers to Writers Workshop of Science Fiction and Fantasy. You can find her making odd remarks on Twitter as @Nayad.

Lucien Moussa Shukri Soulban is an author from Montreal, Canada. He was born in Saudi Arabia, but grew up in Houston, Texas. He has lived in Montreal for 16 years. Lucien Soulban is his real name.As well as numerous credits, both role-playing and fiction, with White Wolf, he has written for Dream Pod 9, AEG, WizKids and Guardians of Order, and has also worked on video games with Relic and Artificial Mind and Movement, among others.

Benjanun Sriduangkaew's short fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, GigaNotoSaurus and anthologies from Solaris Books and Mythic Delirium.

Diana M. Pho (Ay-leen the Peacemaker) is a scholar, activist, blogger, and general rabble-rouser.  She earned her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and her M.A. from New York University. Awards given for her work include the Steampunk Chronicle Reader's Choice Awards for "Best Politically-Minded Steampunk" and "Best Multicultural Steampunk" in 2012 and 2013 as well as "Best Blog" and "Best Feminist Steampunk" in 2012; the SteamCon Airship Award for "Community Contributor"  in 2013; the Last Drink Bird Head Award for "Gentle Advocacy" in 2010. About her work, New York Times bestselling author of the Leviathan trilogy, Scott Westerfeld has said, "I always point to her to rebut the genre’s haters." Diana currently lives and works in New York City for Tor Books & blogs for Tor.com. You can follow her academic work on Academia.edu.

About the Rewards

Steampunk Vignette: Rochita Loenin-Ruiz will write a short character sketch (or vignette) in which YOU, the backer, are turned into a steampunk creature or machine, and turn it into a physical book and send it to you, complete with illustrations! Check out a sample vignette here: http://rcloenen-ruiz.livejournal.com/130564.html

 2007 Think GalactiCon Discussion Primer:  Featuring China Miéville’s “Jack” and Nisi Shawl’s “Deep End”, the Primer offers up political commentary on the stories as well as advice on forming your very own SF reading/discussion group. This chapbook was part of the 2007 GalactiCon convention packet distributed to all attendees and supporting members.

Sparks and Shadows: Fans of Lucy A. Snyder's Jessie Shimmer series won't want to miss this book, which includes a trio of stories featuring Miko, Sara, and Charlie: characters who appear in her urban fantasy novel Shotgun Sorceress. The fiction, poetry, and humor in these pages will appeal to any reader of the dark fantastic. By turns touching, chilling, surreal, wryly satiric, seductive, thrilling and laugh-out-loud funny, this collection will take you from adventures in the far reaches of outer space to the dark magic hidden beneath the surface of modern America. Sparks and Shadows won the 2008 Editors' Choice Black Quill Award for Best Dark Genre Collection.

What Fates Impose: Life is uncertain. The chance to get a peek into the future is so tempting... but is it a good idea to look? Edited by Nayad Monroe, this anthology brings together stories from a diverse group of speculative fiction writers who provide insight into the possibilities. The book includes cover artwork by Steven C. Gilberts, and an introduction by Alasdair Stuart. Between the contributors, they have won the Bram Stoker Award, a Nebula Award, an AU Shadows Award, an Origins "Cleo" Award, a silver ENnie Award, the Authorlink! New Authors Award, a Octavia Butler Scholarship, and multiple other recognitions across the industry.

The Steampunk Bible: Steampunk—a grafting of Victorian aesthetic and punk rock attitude onto various forms of science-fiction culture—is a phenomenon that has come to influence film, literature, art, music, fashion, and more. The Steampunk Bible is the first compendium about the movement, tracing its roots in the works of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells through its most recent expression in movies such as Sherlock Holmes. Its adherents celebrate the inventor as an artist and hero, re-envisioning and crafting retro technologies including antiquated airships and robots. A burgeoning DIY community has brought a distinctive Victorian-fantasy style to their crafts and art. Steampunk evokes a sense of adventure and discovery, and embraces extinct technologies as a way of talking about the future. This ultimate manual will appeal to aficionados and novices alike as author Jeff VanderMeer takes the reader on a wild ride through the clockwork corridors of Steampunk history.

Kicking the Habit (and other works from Steven Saus): From the introduction: "If you’re looking for unyieldingly bleak stories, this collection might not suit your needs. As a member of Steven’s writing group, I’ve had the privilege of reading many of these pieces as they grew from nascent drafts through publication. In his stories, as in his life, Steven wants the weird, strange, even the horrifying, to be shot through with a thread of hope. Though the stories evolved across revisions, one constant was that his stories never lost their fundamentally optimistic undercurrents–even the Sophie’s choice of "Broken." That doesn’t mean Steven’s work isn’t darkly thought-provoking as in the alternate history of Sherman’s march to the sea in "The Burning Servant" or off-beat, as with the love-struck zombies of "Kicking the Habit"–it is. Yet without being preachy or saccharine, these stories manage to discomfit readers before ultimately leaving us a little more hopeful, a little more alive than before. At his desk, Steven has a sign that says "get excited and make stuff." He does, and he has.

What happens if we get full funding?

Our initial goal is enough to pay everyone involved a professional rate. - the authors, the editor, and the cover artist - a professional rate. Once the authors get paid, we would love to add value to the book by including interior artwork, or even setting up a volume two! That's up to you!

We will deeply appreciate all pledges and efforts to tell your friends about this anthology.

What about the holidays?

I understand - the holidays are coming up. And you want to have something to present as a gift.

Then I remembered one time when my parents got me a bicycle. Or rather, I got a *picture* of a bicycle - it was still on layaway and it was snowing outside. And that gave me an idea.

I have a whole mess of postcards for Steampunk World. When you make your pledge at the $10 level and above, send me a message via Kickstarter with your address, and I'll send you a postcard the next business day (while supplies last).

Who we are

Alliteration Ink is run by Steven Saus (member SFWA/HWA), focusing on anthologies and single-author collections, with over a dozen published titles, including the previously crowdfunded What Fates Impose and NYT Bestseller Alethea Kontis' collection Wild & Wishful, Dark & Dreaming

Sarah Hans is a Buddhist steampunk horror writer and editor. She enjoys long walks on the beach, crocheting blasphemies, and dressing anachronistically. Her work has appeared in Still Hungry for Your Love, What Fates Impose, Heroes!, Time Traveled Tales, Historical Lovecraft, and more.  She previously edited Sidekicks! with Alliteration Ink.  When not writing, blogging, or seeking enlightenment through crafting, she can be found traveling the aether aboard The Airship Archon, which frequently docks at science fiction conventions across the Midwest.

Note:  Icons used in the stretch goals are from this Creative-Commons licensed icon set.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

In all projects that involve contributions from multiple people and companies, there's the possibility of an unexpected delay here or there.

That said, we're stacking the odds in our favor. We already have the cover art and all of the listed stories in our hands, but there are details, revisions, and production schedules to consider. We will do our best to get this book to you on schedule.

Alliteration Ink has a robust crowdfunding policy at https://github.com/uriel1998/ainkpolicies/blob/master/kickstarter.md

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