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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
Paperback, 279 pages
Published March 12th 2019 by Solaris
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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
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)
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)
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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
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
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.

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
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Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 Really enjoyed all the new speculative fiction! Great concept - great variety - interesting themes!
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,
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
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-five, arc-s, ebooks
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
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
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
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
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
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."
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
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
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
Jen Hoskins
May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: queer-lit, sff, fiction
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'
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!

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
Chrysten Lofton
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.0⭐ “This couldn’t be happening. Not to him. Not in his broken down old cab he’d been just keeping going and with a re-up on the Manhattan license due soon.”


If you’re following my reviews, thanks for rolling with me ♡

We’re on season four of Stitcher’s LeVar Burton Reads, and we’re gifted with "The Galactic Tourist Industrial Complex” by Tobias S. Buckell


This was way too much fun. I constantly find myself thinking about how miracles become monotonous. How creatives draw up gra
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
News Suns is a book of collected short speculative fiction stories by people of colour. It's quite an open description and so the stories here are varied in style, linking them is that they all have elements of something unusual, something not quite of this world.

Normally I find short story collections difficult to read because I find myself stopping after every story but with this one I just couldn't stop reading. The stories are all a bit odd, a bit different and full of atmosphere. I very mu
Ashwini Abhyankar
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Anthologies are great, sometimes they work out well and sometimes they don’t quite reach that potential we see in them. With many of them, I have found, it’s almost always a mixed bag and this one is no different.

New Suns is filled with fiction from people of colour and this diversity made way for some truly good content, if I am being honest but I wish there was a loose theme to them all, a sort of connection that I felt lacking while I was reading them one after the other.

Overall, I gave this
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The long overdue move from nearly exclusively white, male authors in the speculative fiction genre to one that includes female authors and now both male and female authors of color is one that any serious reader of the genre should be ecstatic about. This book, edited by, and with an afterward by, Nisi Shawl with a forward by LeVar Burton, features short stories by seventeen different authors. As Burton explains, the inclusion of voices of color are finally being paid much overdue attention. Or ...more
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I got an ARC of this book.

I got this book because an author friend of mine kept saying speculative fiction and recommending short stories that she said were speculative fiction. I had no idea what it was and why she would be so excited by it. So I did my research. This book came up as an option for an ARC and I had to have it. 

I loved this book. I have never really loved an anthology before. Most anthologies are so all over the place that I can't eve
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I listened to The Galactic Tourist Industrial Complex by Tobias S. Buckell, found in the collection New Suns, on LeVar Burton Reads and found this tongue-in-cheek short story delightful. Sometime in the future, Earth has become a tourist playground for wealthy aliens, with Manhattan being the favored location. While aliens are looking for authentic experiences in the city, life for humans actually living on Earth has become anything but, as the entire economy is based on the service industry and ...more
Maria Haskins
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this anthology. A wide variety of voices and tales, with impressive stories from excellent writers. Also worth it for the stirring foreword by LeVar Burton, a love letter to speculative fiction and short stories.

Editor Nisi Shawl brings together seventeen stories, showcasing work by both newer and more seasoned authors from marginalized backgrounds. Rather than reign in her contributors by asking them to conform to a theme or confine themselves to a single genre, Shawl allows thei
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Nisi Shawl's story "Cruel Sistah" was included in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror #19. Her work has also appeared in So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction & Fantasy and both Dark Matter anthologies. Recently she perpetrated "The Snooted One: The Historicity of Origin" at the Farrago's Wainscot website. With Cynthia Ward, she co-authored "Writing the Other: Bridging Cultural Differ ...more

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