Peter S. Beagle and Jacob Weisman’s THE NEW VOICES OF FANTASY ranks as one of the best books of the week.
Peter S. Beagle (photo: Rina Weisman) and Jacob Weisman
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY mentions the invaluable collection among their PW Picks: Books of the Week, August 28, 2017.
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. The anthology opens with Alyssa Wong’s Nebula-winning “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers,” a gripping story of creatures who walk among humans and feed on ugliness. The stories vary in tone: Amal El-Mohtar’s “Wing” is lyrical, A.C. Wise’s “The Practical Witch’s Guide to Acquiring Real Estate” is gently humorous, and Carmen Maria Machado’s “The Husband Stitch” is haunting. Some, such as E. Lily Yu’s beautiful “The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees,” eschew the well-worn Western setting that is the English-language-fantasy default; others, such as Brooke Bolander’s “Tornado’s Siren,” thoughtfully embrace their American and European settings. Fantasy legend Beagle and Tachyon publisher Weisman have provided a valuable snapshot of SF/F’s newest generation of writers.
BOOKISH includes the incredible book in This Week’s Hottest Releases: August 20 — August 26.
Admit it: It’s fun finding out about great new authors before any of your friends know about them. You get to look in-the-know, and you get to smile smugly every time one of your friends picks up a book you’ve recommended. If you’re with us, then THE NEW VOICES OF FANTASY, with stories chosen by Peter S. Beagle and Jacob Weisman, is sure to set you on the right course. There’s an incredible range of subgenres in this volume, with stories from authors like Alyssa Wong and Carmen Maria Machado, and it’s sure to whet your appetite for a fall full of fantasy.
Joel Cunningham at B&N SCI-FI & FANTASY BLOG features the collection as part of This Week’s New Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books: 10,000 Chances, Superhumans, and Giant Space Bugs.
Celebrating the new voices in fantasy that will define the future of the genre, Beagle assembles an impressive roster of 19 authors who will introduce the unaware to the Next Big Things. The list of authors includes many you’ll recognize from awards ballots over the past few years: Max Gladstone, Alyssa Wong, Usman T. Malik, Ursula Vernon, and many others. The tone, subject matter, and precise sub-genres change from story to story, and the end result is a varied and entertaining anthology with something for every reader—and one that will likely introduce every reader to at least one great new voice.
Denise Harwood discusses THE NEW VOICES OF FANTASY on her video Review of New Releases in August 2017.
For more info about THE NEW VOICES OF FANTASY, visit the Tachyon page.
Cover art by Camille André
Cover design by Elizabeth Story