In these astonishingly forward-thinking science-fiction stories from the steam-shrouded, technology-obsessed Victorian age, the characters look forward to the wonders that new innovations might bring, from chess-playing robots to gravity-defying aerocars, as well as the catastrophic dangers that might ensue. This amazing fiction collection, edited by prolific anthologist Mike Ashley, brings you 14 classic steampunk tales -- with perceptive introductions offering biographical, cultural, and critical insights -- from the days when everything seemed not only possible, but inevitable. -- Goodreads.com Pages are creatively printed on heavyweight paper, with the prose framed on every page (see reviewer photos). Each story is accompanied by colorful illustration(s). Book has a sturdy sewn binding, to complete both the feel and appearance of this fantastic and solid work of fiction.