What I like about SteamPunk stories is that clockwork rules.
The devices are semi-magical using this thing called aether which is harvested by air-ships. Aether was considered to be a Greek Deity but in most it is a source of magical power which is very dangerous to handle and to collect, and thus is very valuable – hence pirates.
The women in these stories – at least the ones I read and have been ‘directed’ towards are always daring, fighting ‘Victorian’ convention and feisty. All this despite wearing Victorian costumes and corsets! Not sure why the corsets except that is the convention.
So the women are not meek and mild but well educated and undertaking jobs that convention says are not their usual employment opportunities.
So there are 24 stories – short – and novella length – within this book and I have read the first 4: and the 1st three are definitely 4 star, not so sure about number 4 – maybe 3.5?
Of Love and Leviathans
Margo Bond Collins
The Lady Fugitive
Rebekah R Ganiere
Damn the Consequences