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Poe Von Page, "Mutiny on the Danika Blue" (from Carnal Machines: Steampunk Erotica) - Elf M. Sternberg
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Poe Von Page, "Mutiny on the Danika Blue" (from Carnal Machines: Steampunk Erotica)
Carnal Machines: Steampunk Erotica is a collection of erotic short stories with steampunk settings.

Poe Von Pages's "Mutiny on the Danika Blue" is a curious story. The setting is Space: 1889, the idea of steampunk in space, powered by philostigon or flubber or whatever. The sex is fun and unexpected, although the sensibilities of the main characters are so late 20th century it's hard to take the setting seriously, and the main conflict of the story, the reason for the "mutiny" of the title, is never very clearly explicated. This is a writer's habit story with more used furniture: the writer knows how to write this kind of story, and borrowed someone else's set.

That's been the problem of at least two of the stories so far. Steampunk is more than a setting; Victoriana has its own ways of thinking, it's own ideology of men and women. Some writers get it, some make a pass at it, and some just give up and sneak onto another's stage in the middle of the night for some illicit hanky-panky.

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