Just hours ago the word came from Editor Chuck Zaglanis, the long awaited AIRSHIPS & AUTOMATONS (see February 5, et al.) is out on Kindle.  Hopefully the print edition will be quick to follow.  Published by White Cat, the book is blurbed as “Tales from a world that should have been. . .  Fifteen stories spanning the ages from ancient Greece to a far-flung dying future,” and now can be obtained in the here and present by pressing here.

For a broader description from the original guidelines, “[w]e seek steampunk stories featuring strong characters, exciting plotlines, and automatons and/or airships.  We don’t want the latter to be mentioned in passing; they should be central to the plot.  We aren’t shooting for any particular mood with this book.  Dystopian, humorous, pulp, Lovecraftian, upbeat or dark — all have a place here.”

My own piece in this is of the airship persuasion and, set in my far-future dying-Earth universe of the “Tombs” (more than a dozen tales of which have been published in various magazines and books including my current collection, THE TEARS OF ISIS), marks the “far-flung future” that ends the anthology.  Titled “Raising the Dead,” along with airships (and tombs) it touches on souls and love, mourning and ghouls, corpse-gas and ballonnets, and Necromancers.

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