The New Voices of Science Fiction collects today’s best and brightest science fiction writers in one extremely entertaining tome. There are names I’d definitely heard of like Rebecca Roanhorse and Sam J. Miller, and others I wish I’d gotten to know sooner. Each of these stories provide a prime example of strong writing and character work, sending you throughout space and time to discover compelling futures. I was excited to discover a few new authors whose careers I’ll be watching closely.
A couple of my favorites:
Utopia, LOL?, by Jamie Wahls
I hadn’t heard of Jamie Wahls and, after reading this story, I want to devour everything he’s written. It’s a hilarious look at a future centuries from ours, following a man from our time who is thawed out and must come to terms with a mile-a-minute society. The dialogue is witty, the speedy personality of the tour guide is infectious, and the overall concept is extremely entertaining.
Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience™, by Rebecca Roanhorse
I read this story as a part of the 2018 Hugo voting process and it’s as compelling today as it was then. Roanhorse dives deep into this future of entertainment-based alternate realities, featuring a man whose life gets gradually stolen from him until he’s left with nothing. It’s heartbreaking, unbelievable at times, and indicative of the many injustices perpetrated against Native Americans.
Robo-Liopleurodon!, by Darcie Little Badger
This quick bit of flash fiction packs a punch in its few short paragraphs. We see a future where scientists have turned into pirates in order to save the planet from itself. The concept of a robot dinosaur roaming the seas in demand of microscopes and chemicals is hilarious and extremely imaginative.
NOTE: I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.