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Think an altrnate universe the place romance and expertise reign. the place tinkerers and dreamers craft and re-craft a global of automatons, clockworks, calculating machines, and different marvels that by no means have been. the place scientists and schoolgirls, reasonable people and Romans, intergalactic bandits, utopian revolutionaries, and intrepid orphans remedy crimes, get away from substantial predicaments, seek advice oracles, and hover over volcanoes in steam-powered airships. right here, fourteen masters of speculative fiction, together with image storytellers, include the genre's validated subject matters and refashion them in fantastic methods and settings as assorted as Appalachia, old Rome, destiny Australia, and exchange California. Visionaries Kelly hyperlink and Gavin J. supply have invited all-new explorations and expansions, taking a style already wealthy, unusual, and creative within the severe and not easy participants to remake it from the floor up. the result's an anthology that defies the style whilst it defines it.

With beautifully unusual tales by means of:

M. T. Anderson

Holly Black

Libba Bray

Shawn Cheng

Cassandra Clare

Cory Doctorow

Dylan Horrocks

Kathleen Jennings

Elizabeth Knox

Kelly hyperlink

Garth Nix

Christopher Rowe

Delia Sherman

Ysabeau S. Wilce

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In fact, fate had played an atrocious trick on Stefano who, mature and weary, had married (as we said) out of desperation and as a kind of challenge. His wife’s womb announced a new and undesirable be­ ing right at the start, whom the woman (who on the contrary awaited it in a mood of exaltation) had already baptized Andrea. He too de­ manded Stefano’s attention. In truth his marriage had been the best possible, yet for this very reason seemed inconvenient. His wife was little more than a child, alone in the world, poor, loving, and, what’s more, physically small, and she leaned on him with all the faith of which precisely an eighteen-year-old is capable: how could one abandon her in that moment of grave travail?

It is ridiculous, absurd if you wish, but it is so: one does something one does not know how to do. Shouldn’t it be enough, I say, that one does not know how to do it, for that something not to take place? But not at all: so what must we think then? We could dis­ cern in this the intervention of some blind and adverse or supremely beneficent force, provided, however, the necessity of death were proven. And who, what unworthy believer or devout person would go so far ? To gulp it down is all that is left him.

I did not know what that internal fioritura was, and yet the anguish of not knowing did not take away that strange peaceful­ ness, that sort of happiness which had sprung up with it in my soul. What could it be if not a mystical answer to my desperate questions, to my unarmed desire? A moment before there had been nothing within me but arid and desolate emptiness, a void: now it was an allness which had only to be given a name. But to do so grew more ur­ gent from one instant to the next, and this anxiety was rapidly sweep­ ing away all peace.

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