In superb THE NEW VOICES OF SCIENCE FICTION every story is excellent
Hannu Rajaniemi and Jacob Weisman‘s recently released THE NEW VOICES OF SCIENCE FICTION continues to garner abundant praise.
At NEW SCIENTIST, Helen Marshall enjoys the anthology.
In this superb collection, the radical freedom of the
digital realm typically contrasts the resource-depleted landscape beyond. Space
exploration is limited to resource extraction with the greatest changes
happening at home. Reinventions of the body meet backlashes and resistance as
often as love. Guided by nostalgia, characters tend to look to the past,
fearing the wave of changes the future may bring. Ultimately these new generation
of writers have very human stories to tell, necessarily complicated by
compromises and failures as much as heroics.
FAIRY BOOK MOTHER feels much the same way.
One of the things I loved most about this was that the writers included
in this collection are so diverse, elevating a lot of different
cultures, ideas, ways of looking at the world, and storytelling styles,
and that is exactly what I hope for when I read any anthology, and this one ticked all of the boxes for me.
As does Pamela Scott of THE BOOK LOVER’S BOUDOIR.
I was surprised by the excellent quality of the stories. I enjoyed every
one. I read a lot of anthologies and the trend seems to be that at
least one or two fall short of the mark. That wasn’t the case here.
Every story worked and some a bit more than others.
I DON’T MEAN TO NITPICK, TOM, BUT IS THIS REALLY YOUR PLAN? continues the trend.
Overall, delivers on its promise.
For more info about THE NEW VOICES OF SCIENCE FICTION, visit the Tachyon page.
Cover art by Matt Dixon
Cover design by Elizabeth Story