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New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color showcases emerging and seasoned writers of many races telling stories filled with shocking delights, powerful visions of the familiar made strange.  Between this book’s covers burn tales of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and their indefinable overlappings.   These are authors aware of our many possible pasts and ...more
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Published March 12th 2019 by Solaris
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Monica
An anthology of speculative fiction written by people of color. This was one of my kindle sale random adds. I knew nothing about the book prior to purchasing it and it was not on my tbr. It's a mixed bag with some stories capturing my attention more than others. I appreciated the varying points of view and a few of these stories were brilliant.

Impressions on the stories were as follows:(view spoiler)
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Hannah
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
I have read quite a few anthologies published by this publishing house and while short story anthologies are nearly always a mixed bag, I have always found some brilliant authors to follow. This book though did not work for me. I found most of the short stories disappointing and I did not finish reading all of them. I think I would have liked this more if there had been some kind of theme here. While I appreciate the idea of publishing short stories by authors of colour, I do think more cohesion ...more
Lou
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We all know that short story anthologies can be a somewhat hit and miss affair, so I tend to go into them with much trepidation as well as anticipation. That said, it is one of the best ways to discover new authors and genres you may have been missing out on. Fortunately, this turned out to be one of the best and most enjoyable collections I've read in many moons, and I feel strongly that diversity is definitely a key player in that. The seventeen stories presented are from a wide range of genre ...more
Dana Kenedy (Dana and the Books)
Review also found at: https://danaandthebooks.com/2019/03/1...

A few months back I posted about the cover release for New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color.  Rebellion Publishing was kind enough to also send over an advance reading copy for review.

Fantastic anthology with a wonderful range of stories.

While all seventeen stories brought something special to the anthology, the selection below are the ones that stood out to me during my read through. Now excuse me while I go loo
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Denise
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I generally find anthologies tricky depending, as they do, on an editor’s goal for inclusion which may not match what I am hoping for. I also have an up and down affair with short stories as they take real skill to develop a world and characters in virtually no time at all- like magic!

I choose to read New Suns with the hope that I would walk away with a few new names of authors to keep in mind. Finding a new author is such a joy and I found several! My guess is that other readers may enjoy diffe
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Debbie Notkin
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
All anthologies are uneven, but Nisi Shawl (who is a friend) is a superior editor, and there are many fine stories in this one. I want to single out Minsoo Kang's "The Virtue of Unfaithful Translations" which is pure comedy (and comedy is especially hard to write). I don't know if Kang was drawing on the old Doonesbury cartoons of Honey translating for Duke or not, but that's certainly what the story made me think of. Other favorites: Jaymee Goh's "The Freedom of the Shifting Sea," which re-envi ...more
Mike Finn
I'm always hungry for voices in Speculative Fiction who have the gift of seeing the world - past, present and future - differently and who can help me step out of my world and into theirs.


I bought Nisi Shawl's 'New Suns - Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color' because I was already a fan of two of the writers, Karin Lowachee and Rebecca Roanhorse,

I'm happy that, from the seventeen stories in 'New Suns', I've found another seven new-to-me writers whose work I'd like to see more of.

I
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ONYX Pages
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 Really enjoyed all the new speculative fiction! Great concept - great variety - interesting themes!
Lukasz
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: anthology, netgalley
ARC through NetGalley

Actual rating: 2.5/5

New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Colour, edited by Nishi Shawl, assembles science fiction, fantasy and horror stories by new and veteran authors. I'm in the mood for more Sci-fi. And I appreciate good covers and this one looks stunning. Yoshi Yoshitani's art rocks. I wonder why more authors don't get their art from him.

I have a love/hate relationship with anthologies. Let's face it - each anthology is a grab bag. In a batch of stories,
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Kirsty
May 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a massive spec fic fan (both reading and writing it), but I find some of the popular stuff gets samey: either in a cod-medieval, Game of Thrones, doorstop series way; or in a only-this-straight-white-spaceman-can-save-the-world way. So I'm glad this book exists.

I didn't love all the stories – not because they're bad, they're just not my personal taste. Quite a few of them left me unsatisfied, asking more questions than were answered. Not necessarily a problem if you want a thought-provoking
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Jess
I plan to review this in a more detailed/helpful way from a computer, but for now I'll just say that this is a wonderful and wide-ranging collection. Aha! More review follows:

Galactic Tourist Industrial Complex by Tobias S. Buckell - I saw this recommended several places and getting a lot of love, and it was nice but didn't wow me. ★★½☆☆
Deer Dancer by Kathleen Alcalá - beautiful, understated, light on detail in a way that worked ★★★☆☆
The Virtue of Unfaithful Translations by Minsoo Kang - clever
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Alexandra
Octavia Butler once said, "There's nothing new under the sun, but there are new suns." And thus, New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Colour, edited by Nisi Shawl. It's a remarkable set of stories: varieties in genre and tone and settings and characters. Some of the authors are people whose work I've come across a bit (E. Lily Yu, Andrea Hairston) while many others I was only vaguely familiar with - and several whom I'd not heard of before. Which is generally a good sign, in an an ...more
Anna Tan
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copy
I'm thinking really hard about what I want to say in this review because I do want to be supportive about spec fic by POC but I also want to be real. And honestly, either my expectations were too high (most likely) or I don't know what I want (I never know what I want), because I finished the book with a slight sense of discontent.

I guess as anthologies go, this is a proper mixed bag. There were 5 that I really liked and 4 that I liked but had some reservations about? So that’s already 9/17, whi
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Jocelyn
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, sci-five, arc-s
Even though I’m not the biggest reader of short story collections, I was really looking forward to this one. Speculative and science fiction are two of my most beloved genres and as a Latinx reader I was thrilled to see that this collection is exclusively written by people of color. And Levar Burton wrote the introduction- sign me up! As science fiction, fantasy, and the like become increasingly popular, these are the voices that we need to be hearing from now more than ever.

Like any other shor
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Claudia ✨
Jun 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've really started getting into reading anthologies, and to be honest, I'm quite picky with them - I basically one read ones that are queer or PoC, as those are the themes I'm most interested in. Therefor, reading New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color was an absolute must.

Nisi Shawl has done an amazing job collection stories, but as always with these collection, the quality does vary. I did find overall that even though the cover, at least to me, gives the impression that th
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Jacqie
Aug 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Netgalley for providing a copy of this book for review.

This is a really good anthology. It highlights speculative fiction of all sorts from people of color. Here's a list of the authors included: Kathleen Alcala, Minsoo Kang, Anil Menon, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Alex Jennings, Alberto Yanez, Steven Barnes, Jaymee Goh, Karin Lowachee, E. Lily Yu, Andrea Hairston, Tobias Buckell, Hiromi Goto, Rebecca Roanhorse, Indrapramit Das, Chinelo Onwualu and Darcie Little Badger.

Tobias Buckell kicks
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S. Barker
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great anthology, really heterogeneous in the best sense: there is a story for everyone.

The best SFF is, in my opinion, the one that extrapolates from a real world issue. There is a lot of that here, from exploitative tourism to the erasure of women in History, along some stories purely for fun.

I loved Darcie Little Badger's story: "Kelsey and the Burdened Breath". Great idea and worldbuilding, wonderful writing. "Come Home to Atropos", by Steven Barnes, was BRUTAL, absolutely amazing. But my fa
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Devann
I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley

actual rating: 2.5

I hate to give this such a low rating, but I apparently was just not in the mood to focus on an anthology because I found this to be kind of difficult to get through. There were a few stories in here that I definitely enjoyed, but there were also several that I didn't even finish. Of course in any anthology there is going to be a difference in quality between stories, but I found my attention wandering more than usual here. It m
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Michaela (Journey into Books)
May 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
*I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review*

This is an amazing anthology of stories by POC. I'm also was weary of short story collections but I loved this ones. It spans a variety of genres from horror to fantasy to sci-fi, each story was well written and there wasn't one that I didn't like. Some of my favourites were The Virtue of Unfaithful Translations, The Freedom of the Shifting Sea and Harvest.

I gave this 4 out of 5 star
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Story
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Some of these stories left me breathless, like Indrapramit Das's and Rebecca Roanhorse's contributions. Others washed over me like a slow wave, where their impact didn't seem big, but then I turned the story over in my mind again and again, like E. Lily Yu's. Normally, an anthology contains at least a story or two that I just feel "meh" about, but in this collection, the bar was higher. Even the stories I felt more neutrally about lingered. This is really an excellent collection, and I want to j ...more
Avery Delany
"For centuries we have been this brilliant. Now, though, our numbers have grown. And we shine together. Would you like more of what you've read here? Wider constellations, greater galaxies of original speculative fiction by People of Color? Then seek us out. Spread the word. Wish on us, reach for us, and yes, let us gather together in the deep, dark nurseries of stars. Let us congregate. This is how new suns are born." ...more
Neveah
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Whilst I’m giving all of these five stars before the results are out, let’s just say that I don’t usually like short stories as a medium and this book is head and shoulders above all but one of the other entries...
Suzanne Rooyen
Oct 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Like in every anthology, there were hits and misses for me in this collection, but overall I highly recommend this collection to anyone looking to diversify their SFF reading list and possibly discover new authors.

The stories by Rebecca Roanhorse and Darcie Little Badger (right at the end of the antho!) were absolute stand-outs for me. I loved them! I also really enjoyed the story by Alberto Yáñez and hope to read more of his work in the future!
ByronReadsNow
Sep 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
“This is not the first such anthology, as I note in the book’s dedication, and these are not the first authors of color writing imaginative fiction, as many students of the genre’s history are aware. For centuries we have been this brilliant.” - Nisi Shawl, editor

INDEED!

New Suns is a smart, endlessly inventive collection of stories. So many new ideas, so many brilliantly envisioned worlds, so much diversity.

Some stories were a tad too odd even for me, but even those that weren’t my favorites off
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David Harris
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
New Suns contains seventeen stories by writers of colour, raging across many genres - including science fiction, fantasy, horror, retold fairy stories, alternate history, religion, crime and romance - indeed often more than one, almost all with a speculative tinge but with no intention to pursue an overall theme. I have seen some reviews that lament that, but while I love a themed anthology as much as anyone, it really isn't necessary (in my view) for at least three reasons.

First, reading these
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Asha - A Cat, A Book, And A Cup Of Tea
It's always so hard to review anthologies, as there are bound to be some stories that work and some that don't. Overall, this is an anthology that is strong on the dystopia and bleak side of science-fantasy, which isn't my favourite thing, but there are some great pieces in here.

Stand outs for me are:

Minsoo Kang's The Virtue of Unfaithful Translations - a clever psuedo-historical text on the ways in which translation can be as crucial as the original texts.
Rebecca Roanhorse's Harvest - creepy
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Runalong
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loved the variety of genres and tales in this anthology - several I will be on the lookout for in future

Full review - https://www.runalongtheshelves.net/bl...
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Jen Hoskins
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sff, fiction, queer-lit
New Suns is a collection, drawn together and edited by the legendary author and editor Nisi Shawl, of stories by authors of colour. It opens with an epigraph from Octavia E. Butler:

"There's nothing new under the sun, but there are new suns."

This collection is a journey into different worlds under different suns—worlds drawing from, to some degree or other, the histories of peoples other than the western WASPish hegemony.

The short stories here are as varied as their authors, from 'Burn The Ships'
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Leticia
This was a very original and interesting anthology and I'm happy that it won the Locus Award 2020!

My favorite stories were The Galactic Tourist Industrial Complex - Tobias Buckell, The Fine Print by Chinelo Onwualu, Burn the Ships by Alberto Yáñez, The Freedom of the Shifting Sea by Jaymee Goh, Blood and Bells Karin Lowachee and The Robots of Eden by Anil Menon and are indicated in bold text.

✔️The Galactic Tourist Industrial Complex - Tobias Buckell- very entertaining short-story-5 stars!

✔️Deer
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Yvonne Davies
As soon as I read the blurb for this anthology, I knew that I wanted to read it. It ticks all the boxes when I look for an anthology, horror, sci-fi and fantasy. With any anthology I go in with an open mind, I know I won’t love every story but I can guarantee I can find some new authors who I will go onto purchase their work.
New Sun has 17 short stories that will introduce you to various cultures and religions, creatures from other realms and so much more. Each story was completely different an
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Nisi Shawl is a founder of the diversity-in-speculative-fiction nonprofit the Carl Brandon Society and serves on the Board of Directors of the Clarion West Writers’ Workshop. Her story collection Filter House was a winner of the 2009 Tiptree/Otherwise Award, and her debut novel, Everfair, was a 2016 Nebula finalist. Shawl edited Bloodchildren: Stories by the Octavia E. Butler Scholars (2013). She ...more

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