The New Voices of Science Fiction

Tachyon. Nov. 2019. 432p. ed. by ed. by Hannu Rajaniemi & Jacob Weisman. ISBN 9781616962913. pap. $16.95; ebk. ISBN 9781616962920. SF
Rajaniemi and Weisman have curated 20 stories from the last five years, by newer writers who have already started to make their names known for their prose. Sarah Pinsker’s “Our Lady of the Open Road” is the genesis of Pinsker’s first novel, Song for a New Day. The Hugo and Nebula Award–winning “Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience™” from Rebecca Roanhorse juxtaposes authenticity and cultural experience against virtual reality, showing how easy it is to lose oneself. In Suzanne Palmer’s “The Secret Life of Bots,” rebellion and autonomy come in the form of tiny worker bots, and S. Qiouyi Lu’s “Mother Tongues” gives—and gives up—the literal voice of language, its importance in immigrant families, and what they will sacrifice for their children’s future.
VERDICT While readers may be familiar with many of the names and individual works here, having them together in one volume creates a stunning set of sf shorts. Highly recommended for all collections.
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