More effusive praise for Peter S. Beagle and Jacob Weisman’s enjoyable THE NEW VOICES OF FANTASY.
Photo by Jill Roberts
In a starred review, PUBLISHERS WEEKLY praises the anthology.
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.
THE CURIOUS SFF READER enjoys the collection.
This anthology is composed of very different types of fantasy and all the authors here have their own style and stories to tell but, even each short was different from one another, I really enjoyed how well THE NEW VOICES OF FANTASY flowed . I enjoyed most of the stories which is not always an easy feat for me and I discovered or re-discovered amazing stories. If you think fantasy is only about elves, trolls and witches, you will be impressed to see how extraordinary diversed this collection of stories is. If the future of the genre is sampled in this book, we are in for a treat!
The Polish site WYSZNUPANE lauds the stories in an English-language review.
This is not fantasy in the sense of “imaginary adventures in secondary worlds”. This is fantasy in the broader sense of “writing about impossible things”. A lot of the stories in the collection take place in the real world and combine pressing personal/social issues with strange, fantastic occurences. At worst, they are brief flights of fancy or allegories where you think “oh, right, X stands for Y” – but that’s only a handful. At best, they create complex knots of meaning that cannot be reduced to a simple moral, ones that you’ll be able to tease out over many evenings, while feeling them instantaneously on a gut level. The anthology as a whole goes to the very limits of what fantasy can do.
In short: this is 100% the sort of anthology that you would expect Peter S. Beagle to put together. If you know and love his writing, read it. If you want to broaden your understanding of what fantasy can do, read it.
Andrew Wheeler on THE ANTICK MUSINGS OF G.B.H., HORNSWOGGLER, GENT. recommends the book.
There are nineteen stories in THE NEW VOICES OF FANTASY – nineteen entirely separate fictional worlds to lose yourself in – which is a bargain. This is a reprint anthology, containing stories from 2012 through 2016, by (as the title implies) newer writers, selected and edited by Peter S. Beagle and Jacob Weisman. Some of the authors included are Ursula Vernon, Sofia Samatar, Amal El-Mohtar, Sarah Pinsker. E. Lily Yu, Hannu Rajaniemi, and Max Gladstone. (And, yes, if you’ve been away for a while, Fantasy has gotten more multi-cultural, which is entirely a good thing.)
For more info about THE NEW VOICES OF FANTASY, visit the Tachyon page.
Cover art by Camille André
Cover design by Elizabeth Story