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Diverse Energies

by Tobias S. Buckell, editor and Joe Monti, editor

Published by Tu Books, 2012
314 pages
ISBN: 978𢴔00608872

Age 12 and older

A stimulating collection of science fiction stories has the welcome and successful intent of celebrating the 揹iverse energies of writers today and the futures they imagine, although a number of those are decidedly bleak. Many of the contributors are writers of color and most of the stories feature characters that are racially and ethnically diverse. It is our world today, projected on a future in which divisions of economics and the possibilities and pitfalls of technology are even more profound. Daniel H. Wilson describes the first days of a robot revolt in the unsettlingly entertaining 揊reshee抯 Frogurt. In K. Tempest Bradford抯 揢ncertainty Principle, reality constantly shapeshifts for Iliana, whose past keeps changing because the time/space continuum is being manipulated. Two teenage boys, young lovers, seek a place to call their own in Rahul Kanakia抯 bleak Los Angeles of 揘ext Door. Paolo Bacigalupi抯 揂 Pocket Full of Dharma imagines current political tensions and technology spinning into a future where a homeless boy in the slums of a Chinese city finds himself in possession of the mind and soul of the young Dali Llama, which has been downloaded to a data cube. And Ursula LeGuin抯 揝olitude, about a girl raised among a species on another planet who can抰 adjust to human ways of relating, is incredibly original while still reflecting the feel of old-school science fiction. These and other contributions to this mind-expanding work will satisfy science fiction enthusiasts and newcomers to the genre.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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