I wrote a story for Beyond the Gate, a short story anthology set in the steampunk world of The Dream Engine. I wanted to write a light-hearted tale with some of the spirit of a Pixar short film, and I had the urge to combine steampunk with the unusual characters who worked at my family’s business, a gas station. My story’s called Bobby Bigsby and the Sky Shaw. I spent many hot summers growing up in Bobby’s position, washing windows, pumping gas, and collecting auto parts for my uncle in a beat-up old car they called ‘the Limo.’ And dreaming of ice pops and Star Wars, of course.
You can read Bobby Bigsby and the Sky Shaw, along with 22 other stories, here.
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