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Steampunk'd, an anthology from DAW Books, is being released today. It contained my story, "Foretold," which tells the tale of a Russian augurist and his apprentice. As they travel with their kapitan in their land walkers, it is not the threats from the pirates or the rival miners that worries them most, but the two very different futures that they see before them.

Friend and fellow author Paul Genesse has a story in Steampunk'd as well. He's recorded an introduction to his story, and it's a good introduction for what the stories in the anthology will be like. He recorded it with Annie O'Connell-Torgersen, who is an acclaimed voice over artist and a friend. She's married to Brad Torgersen, a sci-fi writer and a Writers of the Future winner.

Back Cover Copy:

Science fiction is the literature of what if, and steampunk takes the what if along a particular time stream. What if steam power was the prime force in the Victorian era? How would that era change, and how would it change the future?

From a Franco-British race for Kentucky coal to one woman’s determination to let no man come between her and her inventions . . . from an attempt to turn lead into gold which has far-reaching implications to a reporter’s cross-country airship journey to cover the story of a scientist out to tame the desert’s heat . . . from the hunt for a near-extinct creature to an attempt to rid Europe of the fey . . . from “machine whispers” to a Thomas Edison experiment gone awry, here are fourteen original tales of what might have been had steam powered the world in an earlier age.

Stories by:

Bradley P. Beaulieu * Michael A. Stackpole
William C. Dietz * Jody Lynn Nye
Donald J. Bingle * Dean Leggett
Stephen D. Sullivan * Matthew P. Mayo
C.A. Verstraete * Paul Genesse
Mary Louise Eklund* Marc Tassin
Skip & Penny Williams * Robert Vardeman


  1. Brad R. Torgersen

    November 2, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Paul is too generous.  Annie is very good, but acclaimed?  (blush)  Again, too kind on Paul's part.  We had fun helping him put the audio together for this story.  Looks like one heck of an anthology.  I hope it does well for all involved — which is a formidable list of names.

  2. Brad

    November 2, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    Thanks, Brad. Good to talk to you, though I think we've crossed paths once or twice on Codex. And congrats on your recent WotF success. It was definitely something that affected me greatly, both in terms of acceptance and in my craft.

  3. Brad R. Torgersen

    November 3, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Yup, Codex.  That's quite a nexus, that forum.  I honestly can't say enough good about the Contest, really.  17 years with no sales.  That's how long I went as an unpiblished, struggling aspirant.  Then, last year, everything changed.  Winning Writers of the Future was a literal dream come true, and with successive sales to Analog Science Fiction & Fact, the dream continues!  I am sure you understand. (grin)