The Shadow Conspiracy: Tales of the Steam Age Vol. I by Laura Anne Gilman
Approx. 114,710 words.
Published on January 4, 2010 by
Book View Cafe.
Set in a world of ensouled machines and soulless humans, dirigibles, and steam-powered miracles, these tales follow the adventures dreamers, experimenters and engineers who work their mechanical and metaphysical magic for good...and evil. But all are driven by the consequences of a gathering of poets on Lake Geneva in 1816 that changed everything we thought we knew about science, and ourselves.