Airship Shape and Bristol Fashion

Airship Shape and Bristol Fashion

Joanne Hall and Roz Clarke (ed)

Wizards Tower Press, 2014

Paperback: 978-1-908039-29-3
Harcover: 978-1-908039-34-7
EPUB: 978-1-908039-27-9
MOBI: 978-1-908039-28-6

Airship cover by Andy Bigwood

Airship cover by Andy Bigwood

Take a walk around Bristol, and history seeps from the walls. The city can claim more than its fair share of firsts, including the first iron-hulled steamship, the first female doctor, the first chocolate bar and the first use of nitrous oxide as an anaesthetic, the invention of the Plimsoll line, the first undersea telegraph cable, the world’s first test tube baby and the first transplant organ grown from stem cells, and a large share of the world’s first supersonic airliner. Now, from this fertile ground comes an anthology charting other realities and alternate histories, in a collection as rich and varied as the true history of this great British city.

— Gareth L. Powell


  • Case of the Vapours, by Ken Shinn
  • Brassworth, by Christine Morgan
  • The Lesser Men Have No Language, by Deborah Walker
  • Brass and Bone, by Joanne Hall
  • The Girl with Red Hair, by Myfanwy Rodman
  • Artifice Perdu, by Pete Sutton
  • Miss Butler and the Handlander Process, by John Hawkes-Reed
  • Something In The Water, by Cheryl Morgan
  • The Chronicles of Montague and Dalton: The Hunt for Alleyway Agnes, by Scott Lewis
  • The Sound of Gyroscopes, by Jonathan L. Howard
  • Flight of Daedalus, by Piotr Świetlik
  • The Traveller’s Apprentice, by Ian Millsted
  • Lord Craddock: Ascension, by Stephen Blake
  • The Lanterns of Death Affair, by Andy Bigwood

Produced in collaboration with the BristolCon Foundation, a charitable organisation responsible for running the BristolCon SF & Fantasy convention, which takes place in Bristol every October, as well as the BristolCon Fringe, set up to promote local genre writers and artists. Airship Shape & Bristol Fashion is the Foundation’s first short-story anthology supporting this mission.

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“The stories are meaty, and thought provoking while at the same time put across their messages with wit and humour…. This collection has also created in me a powerful desire to visit this extraordinary city that has played such an important role in creating the world we live in today.”

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From The Cult Den :

“… The great thing about Airship Shape and Bristol Fashion is the uniformly high quality of the stories… It’s also good to see that the newly published authors work stands up happily next to the more established writers. Given the quality of all the stories it’s tough to pick a favourite. 9/10”

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From Farsight Blogger :

“… Plenty of stories covering plenty of different ideas, styles and moods so there’s a lot of material that’ll suit most fans of the steampunk genre. I can easily recommend it.”

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From Crinoline Robot :

“…One thing all the stories have in common is a good, focussed engagement with Bristol and its history, including its role as a slave port, and a city which was home to prominent pro-emancipation campaigners. Many characters have African heritage. Steampunk is often criticised for not engaging enough with the reality of 19th century history, with slavery and Empire, with the treatment of women and the working classes. These things are not ignored in this volume…”

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From Ephemeral Digest (as part of the Bristol Novel World Cup, in a combined review with Eye Contact by Fergus McNeill) :

“…Airship Shape and Bristol Fashion doesn’t shy away from the less glamorous aspects of the city such as its slavery connections and the tobacco industry but all is included in a rich Bristol setting.

Two excellent stories from its collection are Joanne Hall’s Brass and Bone which is based in Clifton and touches on the use of the Suspension Bridge in both folklore and local awareness.

The Girl with Red Hair, by Myfanwy Rodman is written so beautifully and hauntingly while making sure to use Bristol to its most picturesque best, never losing sight of its story. Not all the stories are as strong but all are true to their setting…”

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