Futuredaze: An Anthology of YA Science Fiction
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Futuredaze: An Anthology of YA Science Fiction

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Futuredaze: An Anthology of YA Science Fiction includes 33 original short stories and poems that spark the imagination, twist the heart, and make us yearn for the possibilities of a world yet to come. Futuredaze includes pieces by Jack McDevitt, Nancy Holder, Gregory Frost, Lavie Tidhar, Sandra McDonald, Brittany Warman, Stephen Covey, E. Kristin Anderson, Alex Dally MacFa...more
Paperback, 290 pages
Published February 12th 2013 by Underwords Press
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I wasn't actually sure whether I should give this book 3 or 4 stars, I rather wish I could give half stars! I did thoroughly enjoy reading this, I simply think I might be a bit too old already and the actual target group might like it even more.

Let me just start by saying that the cover of the book is absolutely gorgeous, and vain as it may be, sometimes I do want to own books simply based on how pretty they are! I've also never read science fiction poetry and since this book's got quite a lot o...more
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In their introduction to Futurdaze: An Anthology of YA Science Fiction, editors Hannah Strom-Martin and Erin Underwood offer up their motivation for the collection:

We hope to inject the short-fiction market . . . with an extra serving of undisguised wonder at the possibilities the future may hold [and] give the next generation of speculative readers and writers a taste . . . of the infinite possibilities inherent in both the science fiction genre and the short story form [and to] represent a wid...more
I truly enjoyed this collection of stories in a host of sub-genres: military tech, space opera, alien invasions and encounters, colonization, etc. And the stories are TRULY short - none longer than 10 pages making this a real delight to read. The poetry didn't do much for me and some stories better than others but all enjoyable. Wonderful for giving teens a taste of SF other than dystopian!
Steve Alguire
Mar 02, 2013 Steve Alguire added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Full disclosure; I have a story in this collection. But read it anyway. But have your security blanky nearby, because you will be scared. Prepare your eyebrows to meet the roots of your hair, because you will be amazed. Have the tissues ready, because you will cry. And laugh.
Out of a field of diamonds, in no particular order,my favourites were- 1)Leah Thomas's touching and beautiful 'Powerless'. I had dates this traumatic in my younger days, but none with such a wonderful ending. 2)Lavie Tidhar...more
Richard Jones
Interesting collection of short SF fiction for young adult readers. Or for those of us readers who feel like they're too young to be considered old. Or something like that.

Some nice stories, but nothing seriously groundbreaking. For me, that is. For the younger readers who are only now being introduced to SF that's actually good as opposed to most of the ghosty vampire baloney sandwich that's out now. . . Totally different story. I think they're going to like this one.
H.M. Jones
Futuredaze is a compelling snapshot of some wonderfully talented authors and their fantastical, but believable worlds. I loved the distinct voices in each story, and was left wanting more of each world, which makes the short stories, in my book, successful. Read it!
Apr 14, 2013 Liz rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Overall a good anthology. I definitely liked some stories better than others, but I think most readers will find something to enjoy in here.
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Erin Underwood’s fiction, non-fiction, and interviews have appeared online and in print. She is the co-author of “The Bag of Holding,” a regular column published by the SFWA Bulletin. Erin is also the founder and editor of the popular fiction literary blog UNDERWORDS and co-edited the Pop Fic Review with Hannah Strom-Martin. She is a graduate of the Stonec...more
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