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About the Author
Editor Tobias S. Buckell is a Caribbean-born professional blogger and SF/F author who grew up in Grenada, the British Virgin Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He is a Clarion graduate, Writers of the Future winner, and Campbell Award for Best New SF Writer Finalist, and he has been nominated for a Nebula Award. His work on Halo has been selected as a Best Book for Young Adults (BBYA). Buckell lives in Ohio with his wife and two children.
Editor Joe Monti has worn several hats in publishing--from bookstore clerk to buyer, sales to editorial, to literary agent. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and son.
Tobias Buckell is a Caribbean-born professional blogger and science fiction/fantasy author who grew up in Grenada, the British Virgin Islands, and the US Virgin Islands. He is a Clarion graduate, Writers of the Future winner, and Campbell Award for Best New SF Writer Finalist, and he has been nominated for a Nebula Award. His work on Halo books has been selected as a Best Book for Young Adults (BBYA). Buckell lives in Ohio with his wife and two children.
Joe Monti has worn several hats in publishing--from bookstore clerk to buyer, sales to editorial, to literary agent. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and son. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- File size : 6215 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publication date : October 14, 2012
- Publisher : Lee & Low Books (October 14, 2012)
- Print length : 368 pages
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B009R9XFP2
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #957,397 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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"The Last Day" by Ellen Oh is the first short story seen in Diverse Energies. This is a story about love and loyalty and survival and sacrifice in the face of war and it’s beautiful. There are such dynamic characters and relationships here in such a visually stunning world and I loved every moment of it.
“Freshee’s Frogurt” by Daniel H. Wilson was so much fun to read. It was funny, I loved the action – the pacing was perfect, and everything about this robot story made for one of the most entertaining and memorable stories in this anthology. Also, if you’ve worked in the food industry, you’ll appreciate this story for the accuracy of the behind the scenes happenings. I’d say this entire anthology is pretty dark but this story is light in tone if you’re looking for a lighter short story.
Other standout stories for me include “Uncertainty Principle” by K. Tempest Bradford because this is time travel/alternate reality not only done right but executed so uniquely! I would totally read a full length novel of this story.
“Gods of the Dimming Night” by Greg van Eekhout was a great take on medical testing. “Good Girl” by Malinda Lo gives a thought provoking look at class, trust, not so hidden prejudices and hidden agendas. There are many great stories here dealing with deception, control, and corruption. All of them are about the fight for survival in one way or another and explored in so many different world realities (all of which could easily be our own in the future)…it’s quite the anthology!
If you’re not a fan of bugs, “Next Door” by Rahul Kanakia may leave you feeling tingly. But if you can get past this factor, it is a great story. There were two stories that I’m mixed about and three short stories that I didn’t connect with in this anthology but with eleven stories total that means there were eight stories that I did connect with (including the two I was mixed on but can appreciate in some way) and that is pretty awesome.
This anthology introduced me to new ideas and authors, and scary visions of the future that could very well exist. I skipped around a little, and there are a couple of stories I didn't finish. A few stories I didn't like at first but once I gave them ten pages I was deeply drawn into them. I definitely enjoyed the book as a whole, not just for the statement it's making, but because it's good sci-fi/dystopian fiction. If you like your science fiction heavy on science and technology, this won't be the book for you. But if you're looking for good fiction about strange worlds and cultures, or what race and class conflicts might look like in the future, you'll enjoy this.
Some of my favorites:
"The Last Day" by Ellen Oh. Set in Japan, this story is the closest thing I've ever seen to what it might feel like to be around when a nuclear bomb goes off. I won't forget this story any time soon.
"Good Girl" by Malinda Lo. About a dystopian future where mixed-ethnicity people are considered to have terminal illnesses and forced to live underground. And there's an outside world that nobody's seen.
"A Pocket Full of Dharma" by Paolo Bacigalupi. If you've read Pump Six, Bacigalupi's book of short stories, you'll be disappointed because this story comes from that book. A fascinating story though and one of the best in this collection. Bacigalupi's writing really stands out here, and if you haven't read anything by him, this is a great place to start.
"Blue Skies" by Cindy Pon. A story of the futuristic divide between haves and have-nots. In this story, the "haves" (ten percent of the population) breathe through oxygen tanks and have all kinds of futuristic technology where the "have nots" are lucky if they live till thirty. But the real story here is about a brief human interaction between the two classes.
"Solitude" by Ursula LeGuin. I've had trouble reading LeGuin, having started two of her books and put them both down. This story was different. It's about a woman who is a field ethnologist, someone who studies different cultures. She finds a culture that is extremely difficult to communicate with, and the only way to learn about them is to reside in their village with her two young children. During the time she stays there, her children become so integrated into the culture it becomes impossible to take them from it.
I also enjoyed stories by Ken Liu, Rahul Kanakia, and Rajan Khanna. There were just a few I didn't care for - a couple were too action-oriented for my tastes, and one started out really interesting but lost me after a while.