Anthology: Clockwork Phoenix 1
Writers with elaborate descriptive skills tend to earn more writerly praise within the genre. Valentine is no exception. While her ability does impress--"graffiti-barnacled leviathan" for a train--certain readers will be put off. Mike Allen clearly wanted to establish a certain tone for his anthology. He isn't going to let it be easy on you, but the view will be worth it.
The story opens with speculative philosophizing: A train exists that traverses the world, all train stations. Gris, a business man, unknowingly steps aboard and enters the station for the City of Blind Delight, where you either work as a dancer or a prostitute. Dancers decorate the walls and ceiling. And a prostitute greets Gris, shows she is both a woman and a machine, and he returns home. The story closes again on its speculative philosophy.