“Thirty Days Later” Edited by AJ Sikes, BJ Sikes


AJ Sikes, BJ Sikes, Editors
Thinking Ink Press (2016)
ISBN 9781942480105
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (6/19)

“Thirty Days Later: Steaming Forward: 30 Adventures in Time,” is a collection of steampunk tales created by writers from Authors Row at the Clockwork Alchemy Convention that takes place every Memorial Day in San Jose, CA. It is the sequel to “Twelve Hours Later.” Sectioned into two parts, this masterpiece contains fifteen pairs of short stories that take place thirty days apart. As someone who often finds myself getting hooked on a short story, and then being disappointed that it ended too soon, this book is perfect for me because I get to see what happens later. 

The steampunk stories center around a variety of themes, including alternative histories, medicine, political intrigue, greed, romance, magic, revenge, mechanical plagues and of course the mechanical machines that help make everything happen. One of the steampunk devices sounded a lot like our modern-day Roomba! The tales incorporate a lot of new ideas into the plots, which included using a Sasquatch and a Yeti in a political story, a netsuke from Japanese folklore in another, and even a genie got to work his magic to make a gifted young lady’s dreams come true. The adventures take place in exotic locales such as the Nile River, New York, London, and even on the moon. 

While I enjoyed the works of authors whom I already recognized, such as AJ Sikes, Harry Turtledove, Katherine Morse and David Drake, I was really pleased to have the chance to discover some new ones. As a matter of fact, I added a lot of books to my wish list on Amazon. As I was making my list, I was happy to discover that “Some Time Later: Fantastic Voyages Through Alternate Worlds,” was also released by these creators. I look forward to reading that very soon.  I hope that the creators have more books planned in the works.  And maybe someday, I will actually be able to fly my airship to the Clockwork Alchemy convention. These stories are amazing, and I don’t want them to end! 

I highly recommend “Thirty Days Later: Steaming Forward: 30 Adventures in Time,” to fans of Steampunk fiction. Readers will not be disappointed!

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