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“No one can doubt that the wave of the future is not the conquest of the world by a single dogmatic creed but the liberation of the diverse energies of free nations and free men. No one can doubt that cooperation in the pursuit of knowledge must lead to freedom of the mind and freedom of the soul.”
—President John F. Kennedy, from a speech at University of California, March...more
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Published November 20th 2012 by Tu Books (first published October 1st 2012)
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3 1/2 stars

I like the idea of this anthology way more that I liked the anthology itself. This world is by no means populated by a white majority, so I think it’s ridiculous that so much of young adult literature is. One of the main things that can make me interested in reading a YA fantasy these days is a non-western setting - perhaps because I’ve read so much western-centric YA. I was really looking forward to reading this anthology, but after finishing it I found it to be mostly forgettable. H...more
Rachel Brown
An anthology of dystopian YA short stories with a focus on diversity, ie, most of the protagonists are not white.

As a whole, this anthology is not much like most current YA dystopian novels, which are generally about naïve privileged white girls slowly coming to realize that their “the government controls everything” society actually sucks, while navigating a love triangle. The characters in this anthology are often aware from the get-go that everything sucks, and the central problem is generall...more
Ruby  Tombstone [Uncensored or Else]
This is a great idea for a YA anthology: A collection of dystopian stories featuring a culturally diverse range of characters reflecting the real world in which we live. I'm not usually a fan of short stories, since I tend to think that most of the good ones would be better explored in a full-length format, but this collection is of higher quality than most. There's a good sense of momentum to the book, and some really unique and exciting ideas behind each story, so for once I didn't get that dr...more
I was grabbed by the mention of three of these authors who have either written books I enjoyed or have written books I hope to read soon (those three being Ellen Oh, Malinda Lo, and Cindy Pon). Its stated intention is to provide more diversity in our YA fiction, whether race, gender, culture, sexual-orientation, etc. These stories mix dystopia, science-fiction, and fantasy. Like many short story collections, it's a definite mixed bag with some stories working well for me and some not clicking wi...more
Tanya Patrice
A dark collection of dystopian short stories, with diverse settings & characters - one I loved!
The Last Day, Ellen Oh. What a way to start off this collection of short stories. This dystopian society is damn dreary and depressing ... kind of the tone of the entire collection. It's an alternate history of WWII set in Japan. The World has been divided into 2 super-powers - The President of the West and The Emperor of the East - and they are at war. Nobody is winning, and The Emperor has resor...more
Non amo in genere le raccolte di racconti, e anche meno le antologie di autori vari , ma il tema alla base di Diverse energies mi intrigava: in una letteratura YA dominata dai protagonisti di razza bianca (recentissima la polemica su Goodreads per i protagonisti di altre razze “sbiancati” o modificati nelle copertine…) questa raccolta vuole raccogliere racconti che diversifichino, presentando distopie con protagonista, in realtà, la diversità razziale che è realtà non tanto in Europa, quanto neg...more
Katja Weinert

No one can doubt that the wave of the future is not the conquest of the world by a single dogmatic creed but the liberation of the diverse energies of free nations and free men. No one can doubt that cooperation in the pursuit of knowledge must lead to freedom of the mind and freedom of the soul.”
—President John F. Kennedy, from a speech at University of California, March 23, 1962

In a world gone wrong, heroes and villains are not always easy to distinguish and every individual has the ability to...more
Great mix of dystopic/sci-fi stories. I especially loved Malinda Lo's story "The Good Girl."
I picked this up on a spur not knowing how diverse this anthology would be. I was surprised that it featured young adults of different ethnicities. It felt very refreshing. I think the reason why I was interested was because the anthology centred on Dystopia. I loved the preface and the afterword. Honestly I have never heard of any of these authors before but am interested to be introduced to them.

The Last Day by Ellen Oh
4/5 stars

As this is the first story I do not really have a benchmark to com...more
This was really good; one of those rare collections where I enjoyed every story. Published as a specific intervention into the whitewashing/racism of YA sf/fantasy, with a portion of the proceeds going to The Carl Brandon Society's Octavia Butler Memorial Scholarship, which funds emerging POC sf/fantasy writers' attendance at the famed Clarion writing workshops. WIN.
I read an advanced reader's copy of this book that I picked up at the ALA conference in Anaheim earlier this year and I can't wait to get my hands on more works by some of the authors included in this collection. I particularly enjoyed Malinda Lo's 'Good Girl' and Cindy Pon's 'Blue Skies.' I love works by authors that celebrate sexual and multiethnic diversity.
A fascinating glimpse of futuristic heroes, villains in the future; gripping, insightful, grim yet hopeful. I'm in awe of the skillful, talented writers, including Ursula K. Le Guin, who contributed to this science fiction YA collection. Librarians and teachers will appreciate the unique viewpoints and find this a Must-Have for their teen readers.
Holly Kench
I was really excited about the theme of this anthology, as well as the authors involved.

There are some real stand out stories. In particular, I loved "Uncertainty Principle" by K. Tempest Bradford and "Pattern Recognition" by Ken Liu - both beautifully written stories with interesting characters and very thought provoking concepts. I loved these two stories equally, despite the fact that they are very different.

K. Tempest Bradford's story is about a young girl, Iliana, who can see the massive...more
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Mandy W.
Cover Story: The Future Is Bleak
The Best: "Pattern Recognition" by Ken Liu, "Next Door" by Rahul Kanakia, "Blue Skies" by Cindy Pon
The Worst: "What Arms to Hold Us" by Raja Khanna
The Weird: "Uncertainty Principle" by K. Tempest Bradford, "A Pocket Full of Dharma" by Paolo Bacigalupi
Bonus Factors: Diversity, LGBTQ, Skynet, Time Travel, Vikings
Break Glass In Case Of: Dystopia Fatigue

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I'm not usually a fan of short stories, but I requested this one from NetGalley because I like some of the authors mentioned and I love supporting books about diverse characters. The stories are all interesting, but there are definitely some that I enjoyed more than others. My favorites were "Uncertainty Principle" by K. Tempest Bradford (a girl discovers that she's the only person who can detect temporal anomalies), "Gods of the Dimming Light" by Greg van Eekhout (a modernization of Ragnarok -...more
Wow! What a strong collection. A few felt like great concepts that really needed more space to breathe, but I think that's difficult to avoid in a short form dystopia.

I was initially a little turned off by the first two stories, which are incredibly gruesome (view spoiler), but none of the other were nearly as grisly. I particularly loved the stories by K Tempest Bradford, Malinda Lo...more
Today's post is on Diverse Energies edited by Tobias S. Buckell and Joe Monti. It is a short story collection of eleven stories; is 314 pages long including a preface, an afterword, and information about the authors, and is published by Tu Books. The cover has a city landscape in orange with the title and the author’s names in white. As that this is a short story collection the point of view changes from piece to piece, giving the reader a little bit of everything. The intended reader is young a...more
Worth reading for nothing else than the stunning Solitude by Ursula K. Le Guin, an absolutely fantastic meditation on cultural relativity that I could not put down. I also enjoyed Next Door by Rahul Kanakia, about a world in which the rich people are basically plugged into the internet all day and ignore the "street people," who are everyone else (and the world is falling apart as a result of the rich people doing jack shit all day while hogging all the resources). I also liked Cindy Pon's Blue...more
Fangs for the Fantasy
This is a book of several YA dystopian short stories that aims for diversity. Much of YA, of speculative fiction and definitely dystopia is extremely white washed and made up entirely of straight people. GBLT people are, largely, dead and POC and women frequently take a back seat to the noble straight, male lead. It’s refreshing to see an anthology of short stories that focus on minorities.

I’m going to sound all kinds of fluffy but I have to say I would have appreciated a happy ending or two. I...more
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley. It's a science fiction anthology that includes stories from Paolo Bacigalupi and Ursula LeGuin. While I don't read a lot of anthologies, I like the idea of finding new authors to read. The theme of this anthology is diversity. Its editor, Tobias S. Buckell, who is Caribbean and British, explains that he wants science fiction to represent many races and cultures, not just one.

This anthology introduced me to new ideas and authors, and scary visio...more
Mrs. S
I've mentioned before that I'm not usually crazy about short-story collections, but this is a really great one. These stories represent a wide variety of dystopian/post-apocalyptic/just plain creepy or messed up settings, with characters that are similarly varied. The editors' goal was to take some of the frustration of many writers with the sameness of protagonists (in speculative fiction especially, but this is not a phenomenon unique to genre fiction) and turn it in a productive direction. Th...more
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The problem with reviewing anthologies is that usually the stories are extremely inconsistent and uneven. Diverse Energies' stories range from excellent page turners to absolutely terrible stories that I could barely read. All of the stories feature people of diverse ethnicities, it was definitely nice to read about POCs for a change.

My Favorites:

Freshee's Frogurt by Daniel H. Wilson - This short story is actually an excerpt from Robop...more
The Good

The characters. The majority of the characters in this story were compelling, tragic, and well-developed. Their endings weren't always happy, but they did feel honest, and the way the characters accepted their fates was noble. (I'm a fan of unhappy endings anyway. They're more realistic.)
The plots. The stories themselves, while not always the most well-written, were interesting, intense, and suspenseful. The only story that was the absolute exception to this rule was the final one, whic...more
Seriously, Goodreads needs a save button, this is at least the third time I lost my review. Oh and a way to do half stars.

I don't even know how to review this type of book.

Well, I'll just my two favorite stories first.

My favorite one was Freshee's Frogurt. It wasn't sugarcoated, it isn't for little kids. I already said it in another couple reviews, but it really frustrates me when the author sugarcoats the book. I'm not saying make your book seem bloody, make your book seem depressing, and I'm...more
Many truly depressing futures are showcased in Diverse Energies. From violent wars to exploitation to impossible-to-bridge gaps between the rich and poor...Wait, doesn't this sound familiar? Doesn't this sound precisely like what's in the news today?

That's what makes these futures so believable, I think. Every single story in this compilation deals with a future that's all too easy to see happening. This isn't science fiction taking place on other planets, with people and situations that are too...more
Jennifer Ellision
Posted to Almost Grown-up:

Oh, anthologies… you are so difficult to review. Diverse Energies was an anthology that appealed to me because I usually do enjoy dystopian stories, but have been a little burnt out on them and it focused on stories from underrepresented cultures.

But the thing about reviewing anthologies is that I feel differently about all of the stories in them. In this one thought that some were very strong and some seemed very weak. The anthology opened on a strong note with Ellen...more
Liberty Gilmore
I'm not the hugest fan of short stories. I think there's a really fine balance between a story not worth telling and a story worth giving a novel's worth of words to develop. Balanced on the knife edge between those two things are the really successful short stories.

That doesn't mean to say I don't enjoy a lot of short stories I read - it's just generally I enjoy them with a pinch of resentment, wishing that I had 300 pages, not 15. Most of the stories in Diverse Energies are no exception.

The pr...more
If you, like me, are tired of the same old thing, the dystopian futures, the fights against zombies or authoritarian governments waged by white teenaged girls, then this book is for you.

Diverse Energies features stories where the characters are as diverse as the worlds they inhabit. The plots are engaging and absorbing, the writers are superb, and the only problem is that they end too soon, they leave the reader wanting more.

Some of these worlds took place in the far future, some in a world only...more
Steph Su
DIVERSE ENERGIES is like a Halloween trick-or-treat bag: you get some real good ‘uns, but you also get some duds that you always kind of throw back into the bag and hope that you don’t pull out again in your next swipe. It’s definitely a worthwhile read for those interested in the intersection of SFF with POC (hah, so many acronyms), particularly if you enjoy or don’t mind short stories. However, I’m not sure it had the comprehensive punch required for it to break out of its niche for the time b...more
Jessica Strider
Pros: wide variety of dystopian worlds, protagonists of diverse races and sexual orientations

Cons: in several of the stories the characters are in lower class/servile roles to white people,

For Parents: no language, minimal violence, one story hints at sex but there are no descriptions, three of the stories have positive GLTBQ content

This is a great collection of stories. Not only do they feature people of colour in lead roles, there are also several positive portrayals of gay/lesbian teens in...more
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Born in the Caribbean, Tobias S. Buckell is a New York Times Bestselling author. His novels and over 50 short stories have been translated into 17 languages and he has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, Prometheus and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Science Fiction Author. He currently lives in Ohio.
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