Catastrophone Orchestra reviewed by Seams & Story
In my favorite story, “Pearls Before a Sandhog,” Catastrophone turns the Horatio Alger-style, rags-to-riches trope on its head. In it, a young boy from the tenements has been given an incredible educational opportunity, which is threatened when he is called to help his family and community.
For readers interested in anarchist/radical fiction, The Catastrophone Orchestra is worth a read. By blending steam punk genre fiction with anarchist themes, the writers push what it means to tell an ‘anarchist’ story. To borrow a phrase I recently learned and love, this book is anachro-anarcho at its finest.