“The SEA is Ours,” or, “is the proper term ‘biopunk’ or ‘genopunk’?”
That’s actually a nice little wordplay in the title there – it’s a steampunk anthology centered around Southeast Asia. From the introduction:
… if in the larger English-language science fiction world straight white men call the shots, then our anthology presents a range of authors and characters that is predominantly women, and hella queer.
“On the Consequence of Sound”
Man, I’d have been more attentive in violin lessons if being able to play well was going to enable me to fly, dang.
Post-apocalyptic landscapes are usually made that way by nuclear weapons, but this time it was just a ton of volcanoes. Still unclear on what, exactly, they’re trying to extract from the volcanoes, though.
Something about clockwork and holy places just doesn’t mesh in my head; I blame the Luddites.
“The Last Aswang”
Oh, now that is a story. I like it, and I might have to do a bit more research on the myths behind it, they seem interesting.
“Life Under Glass”
I was expecting a very different ending, but I guess that works.
“Between Severed Souls”
There’s a trend through all of these – more respect and acknowledgement of ancient things than you get in the mainstream of steampunk. It’s different, and it’s a good contrast.
“The Unmaking of the Cuadro Amoroso”
A tragedy, and a tale of revenge. Sad and sweet and wonderful.
I wasn’t really expecting to laugh at a story this grim, but dang was it ever funny towards the end.
Less ‘steampunk’ than it is ‘biopunk,’ and it’s cool.
“The Chamber of Souls”
There’s a lot going on in this one, and I’m a bit at sea. Which apparently doesn’t exist here?
It’s like a superhero team, I’m digging it.
“The Insects and Women Sing Together”
A strong ending to the anthology.
I liked the whole thing- a lot of good stories, and authors that are well worth supporting. Give it a read.