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Pagliassotti, Dru

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1966-    ) US academic, publisher and author who is of sf interest for her Steampunk Clockwork sequence beginning with Clockwork Heart (2008), set in a world seemingly governed by a Computer-controlled Great Engine. The protagonist is a young woman in a guild of messengers who accomplish their missions with the aid of artificial wings (see Flying) made of ondinium, the lighter-than-air metal that gives her land its dominance over the world. Romance ensues, and threatening new Technologies from abroad. The protagonist, and her high-caste husband, become in defending their world while plumbing its secrets. It is not possible to determine, three volumes into the continuing saga, if Clockwork is set in an Alternate Cosmos or, more simply, an unargued fantasy world. [JC]

Dru Pagliassotti

born 29 November 1966

works (selected)



  • Clockwork Heart (Rockville, Maryland: Wildside Press/Juno Books, 2008) [Clockwork: pb/Timothy Lantz]
  • Clockwork Lies: Iron Wind (Calgary, Alberta: Hades Publications, 2014) [Clockwork: pb/Timothy Lantz]
  • Clockwork Secrets: Heavy Fire (Calgary, Alberta: Hades Publications/Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing, 2014) [Clockwork: pb/Timothy Lantz]

individual titles


works as editor

works as editor

  • Day Terrors (no place given: The Harrow Press, 2011) with Kifir Luzzatto [anth: pb/Michael Luzzatto]


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