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Clockwork Canada: Steampunk Fiction

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Welcome to an alternate Canada, where steam technology and the wonders and horrors of the mechanical age have reshaped the past into something both wholly familiar yet compellingly different. These fifteen supercharged all-new tales reimagine Canadian historical events, explore other Canadas, and gather inspiration from the northern landscape to make us wonder: what if his ...more
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Published May 1st 2016 by Exile Editions
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Mike Perschon
Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: steampunk
I'm going to update this review as I read through each story in Clockwork Canada, a (so far!) outstanding steampunk anthology from Exile Editions. Exile publishes themed anthologies with a Canadian focus - I own their zombie and apocalyptic anthos as well, and will review that later this year. I was sent Clockwork Canada for review, and I'm so glad it was.

I really enjoyed Editor Dominik Parisien's introduction: it's short, sweet, and doesn't make any grandiose claims for steampunk, as many stea
David H.
Editor Dominik Parisien put together a really interesting anthology of Canadian steampunk stories. I think some of the stories will resonate more with Canadians, if only because some historical figures and locations are mentioned or alluded to, though it may depend on region.

The best written story was probably "The Seven O'Clock Man" but it was a bit too horrifying for me in the end to declare it a favorite, which probably goes to Michal Wojcik's "Strange Things Done" or Tony Pi's "Our Chemical
Canadian authored short stories featuring inclusion of a variety of nationalities along with creative and imaginative steampunk fiction. Unique.

#CanadianBookChallenge10 - canadian located + authored
Caroline C
Oct 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm greatly enjoying this collection of short stories which have Canadian and steampunk elements! Very readable, and it's wonderful to be introduced to some interesting and new (to me) writers. ...more
Clay Davis
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
A mostly good book of short stories.
Seizure Romero
Some good stories here, but several felt like they weren't quite finished or were rushed and needed more work to round them out. There's also one story which, while well-written and interesting, seems the odd-one-out in this collection because it has no noticeable steampunk element.

My favorites:

La Clochemar - Charlotte Ashley
East Wind in Carrall Street - Holly Schofield
The Harpoonist - Brent Nichols
Crew 255 - Claire Humphrey
Strange Things Done - Michal Wojcik
Buffalo Gals - Colleen Anderson
The Se
Chris Patrick Carolan
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic collection of steampunk stories, each wildly different from the next. I always enjoy finding a steampunk story set anywhere other than London, so to discover an anthology of tales set in various Canadian locations was a true breath of fresh air. There are some absolute gems in here - 'The Seven O'Clock Man' by Kate Heartfield, 'The Harpoonist' by Brent Nichols, 'Crew 255' by Claire Humphrey, and 'East Wind in Carrall Street' by Holly Schofield were among my favorites. Absolutely reco ...more
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Steampunk is not a genre I've spent much time on, but I couldn't resist giving this a try. And I'm glad I did. This was a book just full of surprises, and some of the stories were downright brilliant. For me, at least, Clockwork Canada was a wonderful breath of fresh, cold Canadian air. ...more
May 26, 2022 rated it really liked it
A brilliant collection of fifteen Steampunk stories set in Canada. The variety of authors provides a rich variety of style, technique, theme and approach. Most of the stories are excellent, with only two or three that miss the mark, but most are superlative.
Brian Gaston
Jan 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I really liked the first half of these short stories. The second half of the stories were more social commentary with the steampunk factor seeming to be only a second thought which is not what I expected in a collection like this.
Paula Sullivan
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
An excellent collection of short fiction, really brings the rough aspect of Canada in the wild in some of the stories. Creativity and imagination shine forth!
Devika Chudy
Jul 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Interesting collection of Canadian short stories in the steam punk genre. Appreciated the variety of voices and perspectives.
Alex Denby
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I originally picked this up on Kobo because it was on sale or I had some deal. Either way, it was a very interesting collection of Canadian Steampunk stories.
Derek Newman-Stille
Steampunk has often struck me as a genre that has tended toward overly rosey views of the Edwardian and Victorian Eras. The steampunk tales I have read have often uncritically represented colonialism as adventure, portrayed technology divorced from the horrible conditions of the factories, ignored massive wealth disparity and troubling social conditions. It is a genre that is ripe with neo-futurist possibilities to invite critical engagements with ideas of historicity and presentness, but often ...more
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Anthologies are always hit-and-miss, but this one has way more hits than misses. Great collection of stories!
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Dominik Parisien is an editor, poet, and writer. He is the co-editor, along with Navah Wolfe, of The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, Robots vs Fairies, and The Mythic Dream. With Elsa Sjnunneson-Henry, he is the co-editor of Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction.

His work has appeared in The Fiddlehead, The Humber Literary Review, Arc Poetry Magazine, Quill & Quire, Uncanny Magazine, Strange Hori

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