FOP: Fear of Pages. It’s real. I swear! My time is precious, and I find it necessary to vet every one of my reads very carefully. The best cure? An anthology like New Suns. This book gives you new genres and POC authors in bite-sized portions. The commitment level is low, but the rewards are many.
I’m going to honest and say that I wasn’t enthralled by every story in this anthology, but that’s ok because twenty pages later is a new trip. Seventeen stories that range from the comical to the scary to the deep philosophical dives.
Here are a couple that got me:
Rebecca Roanhorse’s Harvest: I just like anything she writes and am really looking forward to the next installment of her series. This story is bloody and quick, and full of a couple serious threads.
Andrea Hairston’s Dumb House: Two very forward salesmen show up to try to upgrade a woman’s house. Great dialogue and a strangely realistic setting make for fun scene.
Tobias Buckell’s The Galactic Tourist Industrial Complex: A cab driver is just trying to make it in a New York that is now infested with alien tourists. After a fare throws itself out of the car from 2,000 feet, Tavi is pulled into an intergalactic incident.
There are some excellent SFF novellas being released these days, along with impressive anthologies like this one. Try something new!
3.5 out of 5 stars.
Releases on March 12th.
Thank you to NetGalley, Rebellion Publishing, and all the authors for the advanced copy for review.