Reviews for Jacob Weisman’s anthology INVADERS: 22 TALES FROM THE OUTER LIMITS OF LITERATURE are flooding in.
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At FANTASY LITERATURE, Bill Capossere found the book easy to recommend.
As with most collections, whether they be of stories, poems, or essays, I found INVADERS: 22 TALES FROM THE OUTER LIMITS OF LITERATURE, edited by Jacob Wesiman, to be a mixed bag overall, with some weak stories, some solidly good ones, some very good ones, and several absolutely great ones, more in fact than I typically find in an anthology, making this an easy collection to recommend.
INVADERS has 22 stories. A quarter of them are out-and-out great. Another quarter or so are very good. And most of the rest are solid, enjoyable pieces told in skillful prose. Which makes INVADERS one of the better anthologies I’ve read lately.
Zoe Brooks of MAGIC REALISM praises INVADERS.
Whilst these stories are science fiction and not magic realism, many of the writers contributing to the anthology are already authors of magic-realist fiction, who have been invited to try their hands at speculative fiction. The resulting stories are remarkable and fascinating. One of the consequences of asking these literary authors to write sci-fi was there was generally a strong focus on the human element in the stories – relationships, sexual relations and indeed the nature of being human (something particularly appropriate to the sci-fi genre).
This collection really explores the outer limits of literature as it claims. I recommend it to you.
For LIT REACTOR, Leah Dearborn gives the anthology the Bookshots treatment.
INVADERS seems to be a collection designed with the task of subverting and upending stereotypes about “genre” fiction in mind. Its authors weave complex speculative fiction within the short spaces alloted them. Whether a conscious effort or not, it does an admirable job of showcasing how seamlessly science fiction themes can be blended with a more traditionally literary voice. The stories are smart and balanced, with a dark side but highly readable.
INVADERS covers a lot of ground between its 22 short stories. Sometimes the invaders are interpreted as evil metal giants, sometimes they’re adults in a land of children. It’s an interesting theme that the various authors clearly enjoy toying with. The stories range from ostensibly serious to comedy—oh, never-mind-that’s-actually-really-serious-and-you-waited-until-the-last-page-to-sucker-punch-the-reader. There’s some darkness, a few laughs, and a lot of expertly crafted hooks.
John O’Neill of BLACK GATE is excited about the book.
When I was at the Nebula Awards weekend I had a chance to catch up with my friend Jacob Weisman, publisher of Tachyon Books, and I asked him about his upcoming anthology INVADERS: 22 TALES FROM THE OUTER LIMITS OF LITERATURE. I had assumed it was a collection of alien invasion tales but, as he patiently explained to me, that’s not it at all. Jacob has gathered a superb batch of stories by literary authors who have invaded science fiction — and left distinct footprints behind.
For more info about INVADERS: 22 TALES FROM THE OUTER LIMITS OF LITERATURE, visit the Tachyon page.
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