Anthems Outside Time and Other Strange Voices

Fairwood. Jul. 2020. 372p. ISBN 9781933846927. pap. $18.99. SF
This second collection by Schneyer (after The Law & the Heart) features the author’s somewhat sideways view of the world, as exemplified in his Nebula–nominated Selected Program Notes from the Retrospective Exhibition of Theresa Rosenberg Latimer. Most of the stories here are sf, but the kind that dives deeply into the human side of the equation. It’s not about the technology but how people react to the technology, and the human costs to applying that technology. The fantasies, even when they feature a monster or a dragon, depict the humans affected by those fantasy creatures. All are from the darker corners of the imagination, whether pain or grief or just plain evil, all are compellingly readable. This is a strong collection, with fascinating viewpoints on the ways humans exhibit both humanity and inhumanity no matter the circumstances or the century.
VERDICT By turns prescient, heartbreaking, and provocative. Highly recommended for readers who want their speculative fiction to make them think—and think hard.
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