Peter S. Beagle (photo: Rina Weisman) and Jacob Weisman
This excellent anthology showcases up-and-coming speculative fiction writers, many of whom have received award nominations and critical attention to support their status as future influencers of the genre.
Fantasy legend Beagle and Tachyon publisher Weisman have provided a valuable snapshot of SF/F’s newest generation of writers.
William Grabowski at SEE THE ELEPHANT praises the book.
The key word in this anthology’s title is new, and if that doesn’t quicken your heart, a sampling of the impressively diverse voices will. Editors Beagle and Weisman, both top-tier in their own right, seem to have absorbed the generous reach and flexible sensibility of Ellen Datlow who—like them—knows that a writer’s name and/or present level of accomplishment have little to do with storytelling. No one needs to be reminded that common expectations of plot and originality crumble into ash when handled by masterful writers.
For B&N SCI-FI & FANTASY BLOG, Nicole Hill highlights the anthology in A New Fantasy Book for Every Week This Summer.
If there’s someone whose taste in fantasy novels you can trust, it’s probably the author of The Last Unicorn. Here, he has compiled 19 breathtaking fantasy stories that highlight the immense range of the genre and showcase the talent of rising-star authors, including:
- Maria Dahvana Headley (author of the YA breakout Magonia)
- Max Gladstone (author of the Craft Sequence)
- Sofia Samatar (World Fantasy Award winner for A Stranger in Olondria)
- Lily Yu (Hugo Award and World Fantasy Award winner for best short story)
- Usman T. Malik (Bram Stoker Award winner for short fiction)
With those minds, and several others, at work, this anthology brims with wonder, horror, and all the eccentricities you would expect from this collection of imaginations. It’s a wonderful sampler platter of the best and brightest fantasy has to offer.
At the Hungarian MANDINER.SCI-FI, Bence Pintér recommends THE NEW VOICES OF FANTASY.
The best-of-anthology of the year will be released in summer, for example, Gardner Dozois’s sci-fi anthology or Ellen Datlow’s horror-anthology, but we would now recommend this fantasy volume of fresh young fantasy authors.
(Translation from Hungarian courtesy of Google)
For more info about THE NEW VOICES OF FANTASY, visit the Tachyon page.
Cover art by Camille André
Cover design by Elizabeth Story