By Sean Wallace
This is steampunk with a latest, post-colonial sensibility. participants comprise: Jeff VanderMeer, Caitlin Kiernan Paul Di Filippo, Mary Robinette Kowal, Jay Lake, Cherie Priest, Cat Rambo, Ekaterina Sedia, Catherynne M. Valente, Genevieve Valentine and plenty of more
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