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New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  66 ratings  ·  50 reviews
Anthology of contemporary stories by emerging and seasoned writers of many races

There’s nothing new under the sun, but there are new suns,” proclaimed Octavia E Butler.

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. B
Paperback, 384 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
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
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
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
I would like to thank Rebellion Publishing and Netgalley for giving me an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I was initially excited to be given the chance to review this diverse anthology by diverse authors. But as I went on to read the first story of the collection, I was instantly discouraged to continue on. It has potential, but I wasn't sold by it. The transition and pacing were abrupt, the characters aren't memorable nor do they have depth, and most importantly, I just didn
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,
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."
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s, ebooks, sci-five
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
This anthology contains 17 original speculative fiction stories by authors of color. This isn't a light read; many of the stories verge on horror and they often handle difficult topics, such as colonialism. The stories tend to be rooted in a particular historical and cultural context. For instance, "Burn the Ships" by Alberto Yáñez appears to be an alt-history (with sci-fi and fantasy elements) about the Aztecs under colonial rule. "The Freedom of the Shifting Sea" by Jaymee Goh features a Malay ...more
Sarah (CoolCurryBooks)
I was excited about the anthology New Suns, but I ended up disappointed. This anthology has so many great authors. Unfortunately, the stories never reached the level of “great.” It’s a risk you run with every anthology since not even wonderful authors hit it out of the ballpark every single time.

My favorite stories of the collection were by two authors whose work I usually enjoy — Rebecca Roanhorse and Darcie Little Badger. Rebecca Roanhorse’s story, “Harvest,” was delightfully creepy and macabr
Cait Hutsell
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent collection. Great mix of horror, fantasy, sci fi elements! Not for general teen consumption but I’ll be buying for my personal collection.
Received via Netgalley for review

Unfortunately, while I was looking forward to reading this, I didn't end up liking it that much. It seemed very long (17 stories, which doesn't seem like much when I see the number, but really dragged on when I was reading them) and the stories themselves seemed to drag on.

Normally, in a short story collection, I expect there to be a fair amount of variation in the quality of the stories and some that I like better than others, but none of the stories in this co
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was thrilled to read a free eARC of New Suns. Speculative fiction is one of my favourite things, the cover looks great, and the mix of authors promised an eclectic mix of fantasy, horror, hard sci-fi and magical realism.
Unfortunately many of the stories felt unfinished and the desire to tell a clever story often came at the cost of creating memorable characters. I enjoyed the writing of the short stories by Karin Lowachee, Andrea Hairston, Hiromi Goto, and Rebecca Roanhorse and will check out
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Note: I received an Advance Reading Copy of this book through NetGalley for an honest review.

Because of my love for SFF literature, I keep up with a few blogs, twitter accounts, newsletters and sites. I would have to have lived under a rock not to have been aware of the fight of women and POC (and women POC) writers to be read. I have to admit, I struggle with this a lot. Not to give them their time, but with the problem of how to select the works I read. On the one hand, I don’t want to think a
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
1.5 stars rounded up to 2

I felt great anticipation in reading New Suns; Original Speculative Fiction by POC, bring it on! We definitely need more of that! However, this anthology of short stories was disappointing and somewhat puzzling. I couldn't fathom how the editor had picked some of the writers included which was supposed to showcase POC Science Fiction and Fantasy. In reading the foreword and then background of some of the 'writers', it becomes clear. Nisi Shawl is a board member of a writ
An anthology of short stories, which, like any anthology, has its highs and lows. Some of my favorite stories:

Galactic Tourist Industrial Complex by Tobias S. Buckell. In a New York City that has become a backwater tourist-trap for aliens, a taxi driver accidentally ends up with a dead alien in his cab and has to deal with the intergalactic consequences. There's a sharp sense of humor here (like aliens asking to go somewhere that has "real human food", not that commercialized stuff) that really
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This speculative fiction anthology focuses on many different authors of color, both new and well-known. The stories in this anthology range from sci-fi to fantasy to creepy horror stories, but all are versions of our world, subtly turned on its edges. I really enjoyed reading this anthology and loved the overall idea and concept. There were a few stories that completely wowed me, some that
Kirsty Stanley
As with any short story collection there will be stories that you love, many that you like and a couple that just don’t quite hit the spot (at the time of initial reading at least). When the former two outweigh the latter you are onto a winner and that was the case here.

Speculative fiction is always as much about the here and now as it is about visions of the future. A number of the stories provide such good political commentary that Trump will want their authors federally investigated! Three V
Rachel Bridgeman
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Following on from the spectacular ‘Outcast Hours’ anthology, I literally bit Tracy’s hand off when she said she was organising a blogtour for ‘New Suns’.

It heralds not only a new day in speculative fiction, it heralds a new dawn of own voices, inclusivity and sheer, brilliant talent.

Introduced by LeVar Burton, whose love for speculative fiction extends beyond his recognisable cult role as Geordie LaForge in Star Trek-The Next Generation.

There is so much joy to be found in this book, bite sized p
Cassandra MADEUP BookBlog
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed getting stuck into this book, and found myself frequently surprised by just how much I loved the Characters in the stories.

This was the first time I read an anthology of short stories, and I must admit I was a bit nervous. Short stories can often feel rushed or unfinished, but I found that I enjoyed reading about each person, and I loved the very different approaches and considerations of each Author.

There were obviously some I loved more than others, some that appealed to me t
I was sent am advance reader copy of this by the publisher. There was no expectation upon me to write a review.

New Suns is an anthology of 17 short stories that range through, science fiction, fantasy and horror, and places inbetween. I was pleased to see that Steven Barnes was the only author I was aware of.

I thoroughly enjoy short stories, but do find that anthologies tend to be a mixed bag. There were a couple of stories that passed me by, but overall this collection was above average, testam
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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 Di ...more