Seasons Between Us: Tales of Identities and Memories

Laksa Media Groups. (Laksa Anthology Series: Speculative Fiction, Bk. 4). Aug. 2021. 360p. ed. by ed. by Susan Forest & Lucas K. Law. ISBN 9781988140162. $28. FANTASY
What among your memories and decisions will be valued? What will you leave behind? What do you hope you’ll have time for? These questions and more are central to the latest entry in the “Laksa Anthology” series, where SFF authors explore what growing up and growing older mean to their characters. Jane Yolen tells of a life spent traveling beyond the ground in her poem “The Astronaut’s Four Seasons.” Rich Larson’s “Robocare” shows that what annoys you the most may be just what you need, as an elderly man deals with grief, a solicitous robot, and some teenagers across the street. Filial duty and the future crash together when a Japanese father and daughter face off over her android boyfriend in “Clear Waters,” by J. C. Cheng. The anthology’s 23 authors present stories and poetry that stroll at leisure through lifetimes, with delightful notes to their younger selves at the end of each piece.
VERDICT This collection is at turns haunting, yearning, and hopeful. An excellent volume of varied voices, both familiar and new.
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