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The New Voices of Science Fiction

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  191 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Your future is bright! After all, your mother is a robot, your father has joined the alien hive-mind, and your dinner will be counterfeit 3D-printed steak. Even though your worker bots have staged a mutiny, and your tour guide speaks only in memes, you can always sell your native language if you need some extra cash.

The avant-garde of science fiction have arrived in this s
Paperback, 414 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Tachyon Publications
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Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-shelf, sci-fi
This short story collection caught my eye primarily because Hannu Rajaniemi's name was on the cover, but I wasn't fooled. Not really. This just happens to be a collection of the best SF stories to come out in the last five-ish years, as selected by him and Jacob Weisman.

Was I still interested? Yeah! After all, those guys have good taste. :) And when it comes to good tales as a whole, I enjoyed this entire book.

I've read a number of these stories already, and if I have, I'm lightly skimming over
New Voices of Science Fiction is a brand new anthology showing us where the future of science fiction is going. Compare this collection to an anthology from thirty or forty years ago and you'll find that time travel has been reimagined. No more time machines. Just a creepy fog that takes over everything and makes it impossible to get from one skyscraper to another.

Telepathy has gone places where barely would have expected and forget surfing with a computer. What's a relationship without knowing
Joe Karpierz
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Depending on who you talk to, short form science fiction is either dead or thriving. Those who espouse the theory that it is dead must be basing their opinion on the fact that the print magazine appears to be dying, or at least hanging by a thread. Circulation figures for the big three - Asimov's, Analog, and Fantasy and Science Fiction - are either dropping annually or staying level. However, there is a huge online presence for short fiction. I won't list all the online magazines here, mostly b ...more
Zoe's Human
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best of science fiction uses the tools of the future to examine the complexities of the now. This anthology is most certainly the best. The New Voices of Science Fiction contains an exceptional collection of stories set in diverse and fascinating worlds, where the eternal dramas of the human experience are acted out in new and interesting ways as each author explores the mysteries of identity, relationships, and the human condition in their own unique style. While there is an overall tone of ...more
Natalie aka Tannat
3.5 stars
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm sure the other stories are good, too, but honestly I only got the book so I could read Suzanne Palmer's The Secret Life of Bots. It was worth it. 😊
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, anthology
Sometimes, you read a short story and you come away feeling that you've just been part of something important. It's a powerful feeling. Like an author has shared a secret with you, whispered into your ear something profound. A truth you didn't know that you were holding in your heart, an idea you hadn't yet polished into belief. Well, this collection managed to give me that sensation multiple times. Rajaniemi and Weisman have curated something beautiful here.
The title is a bold claim, "The New
Doug Cornelius
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
With any collection, you’re going to like some stories, not like some, and hate a few. With a collection of sci-fi, stories are going to be all over the place within the genre.

That is all true of this collection. There is time travel, cyberpunk, alien worlds, future earths and more.

I had two favorites:

Strange Waters by Samantha Mills
The Secret Life of Bots by Suzanne Palmer

I’m going to look for more by these authors.
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley-read
Book Review: The New Voices of Science Fiction
Edited by: Hannu Rajaniem and Jacob Weismann
Publishler: Tachyon Publications
Publication Date: November 23, 2019
Review Date: December 22, 2019

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This is a extraordinary collection of new science fiction stories. Creative beyond imagination. Some of the best writing of the year. If you like science fiction, this is a must-read. You will not want to miss these stories. Wide
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Twenty first century SF. Classic forms with modern topics ranging from gender fluid characters and time travel that is family oriented.

Bullying and urban loneliness play roles in story lines as well.

Good collection from newer and very talented voices in the field!

Recommended for S-F readers and short story fans!
Aug 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
One of the stronger short story collections I've read in a while. I particularly liked "The Secret Life of Bots" (Suzanne Palmer) and "Strange Waters" (Samantha Mills).

Among the others, I'd perhaps single out "Toppers" (James Sanford) for an unexpected turn and "Mother Tongues" (S. Qiouyi Lu) for a simply observed, mournful meditation.
If these are the voices of the future of science fiction, then the future is bright!

It's rare that I find a collection where I enjoy every single story but this one brought it, and then some. Diverse, challenging, creative, heartfelt, wondrous. Most of the stories are small-scale, character-driven pieces that get to the heart of why science fiction is so immensely flexible and has so much potential to be truly inclusive and wide-ranging. When we let these voices tell their stories, everyone wins
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Originally published on my blog Nonstop Reader.

The New Voices of Science Fiction is an anthology of new SF short fiction expertly curated and introduced by Hannu Rajaniemi & Jacob Weisman. Released 13th Nov 2019 by Tachyon, it's 432 pages and available in paperback and ebook formats. These stories (20 by my count), were originally published between 2015 and 2019 and are gathered here for the first time.

This is top shelf fiction. One of the reasons I like anthologies and collections is that t
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I thoroughly recommend this collection of recent sci-fi stories. This collection represents a diverse set of new and upcoming authors who I hope to read more of in the near future. Even the stories that I only marked as "2/5" were still decent efforts, they just didn't provide me with much personal pleasure. While most stories in this colleciton stick to a "hard" science perspective some stories offer room for a dash of magic along with the "science-y" elements. Nothing felt "out of place" among ...more
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full disclosure: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

This collection of previously published short stories highlights authors that Rajaniemi and Weisman believe are rising stars in the genre. As with any anthology, the stories can be hit-or-miss, although the editors picked many award-winning stories for this collection. You may recognize some of them. As a whole, I thought this was a fun and thoughtful collection with some really love
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
4.5 stars!!

It started off meh with "openness": 3/5 stars ~ what's the point of this story?? I don't understand what it's trying to tell us

"The shape of my name": 4/5 stars

"Utopia, LOL?": 4/5

"Mother tongues": 5/5! Important story, it almost made me cry.

"In the sharing place": 4.5/5 ~ this was so weird and creepy, but I loved it?!

"A series of steaks": 4/5 ~ sometimes hard to understand, but a sweet read

"The secret life of bots": 3/5

"Ice": 2.5/5 ~ whales terrify me

"One hour, every seven years" 2.5/
Elaine Aldred
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An anthology from well-established science fiction writers, never mind new authors, can be a very mixed bag. Not so The New Voices of Science Fiction. They are superb examples of very engrossing and affecting storytelling.

These writers demonstrate the breadth of concepts and worlds with which science fiction writers can create a delicious buffet of stories for readers to gorge themselves on and that, for emerging writers in the genre, there will always be plenty of room for stunning originality.
Ben Truong
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The New Voices of Science Fiction is an anthology of twenty short stories, which was collected and edited by Hannu Rajaniemi and Jacob Weisman. It is a collection of twenty short stories from twenty recent award-winning or award-nominated science fiction stories.

For the most part, I rather like most if not all of these contributions. The New Voices of Science Fiction is an anthology of superlative twenty short stories from the science fiction genre. There are various perspectives within the anth
Dan Trefethen
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This intelligently-edited anthology showcases a number of new voices in science fiction, many of whom are already becoming Big Names in the field: Kelly Robson, Rebecca Roanhorse, Sam Miller, Rich Larson, Sarah Pinsker. They all have signature stories here. What's interesting are the newcomers that the editors profile, some of whom I've never read: Nino Cipri, Jamie Wahls, Lettie Prell, and others.

But do you know what I miss? Funny science fiction, like what Connie Willis does. There is lots of
Pamela Scott
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it

ARC from @TachyonPub and voluntarily reviewed

So I don’t read a lot of science fiction. I know. It’s a flaw I have and I’m working on it. I decided to give this a shot because I tend to be impressed by the quality of books from Tachyon Publications so I knew I was in good hands. I also don’t like very hardcore science fiction or too much AI. So, I was a bit nervous about reading this. I needn’t have worried. I was surprised by the excellent quality of the s
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Look, I'm no judge of short stories, but this is a really, really great anthology. It's hard to review it without spoiling much, but here's a quick idea.

Short stories are hard to write. So much information, so little space. But with fantasy, it's easy to imagine the task becomes even harder (or at least presents different challenges). You not only have to establish a plot and characters, but you have to establish some kind of supernatural element or even a whole setting. That's a lot to condense
Translator Monkey
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There's frankly nothing NOT to like in this excellent collection of perfectly-written short stories. They all brought me back to my childhood days of reading the brilliant works of some of the best science fiction authors of the late 1950s and 1960s - in particular, Dick, Ellison, Asimov, Norton, and Ray Bradbury, whose excellent "All Summer in a Day" is heavily lifted but expanded broadly with a time-travel twist. I felt compelled to read this in a few weeks' time, as I was reading against the ...more
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really was not sure what to expect from this anthology, but I was totally surprised and happy. This collection of stories is VERY good. These are really wonderful writers, that even if a story didn't hit me like a sledgehammer, or like a soft caress, they were all innovative, well-written, intriguing and thought-provoking.

It is rare that anthologies manage to keep my interest throughout all the stories. This one did. I didn't necessarily think EVERY story was amazing, but I must say, this is a
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss, fiction
The New Voices of Science Fiction is a brilliant anthology of cutting-edge short stories hand-selected by award-winning author Hannu Rajaniemi. ⁠

The stories come from the new wave of science fiction authors from a diverse range of countries, ethnicities, sexualities, and gender identities - all of which is reflected in their works. ⁠

This is a genre spanning collection covering space, aliens, time travel, post-apocalypse, technology, medicine, parallel worlds, and more, and as with all such com
MJ VanGompel
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really liked this anthology of SF short stories! Edited by Hannu Rajaniemi & Jacob Weisman, & published in 2019, the stories were written between 2015 and 2018. The book contains 20 short stories ranging from 4 to 44 pages in length and a wide variety of topics from parenting, death, robots, time travel and 3D printing. Many of the stories received award(s).

My favorite stories were:
* Openess by Alexander Weinstein
* Tender Loving Plastics by Amman Sabet
*The Need for Air by Letie Prell
*The Sec
An excellent collection of 20 short stories by new authors. Every one was good, and now I have many new authors to explore the works of!

My favorites:
The Shape of My Name by Nino Cipri: A trans man from a family of female time-travelers
Mother Tongues by S Qiouyi Lu: A woman sells her fluent Mandarin to send her daughter to college
A Series of Steaks by Vina Jie-Min Prasad: Helena and Lily, steak forgers
The Secret Life of Bots by Suzanne Palma: an old retired bot is brought back into use due to de
Jul 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: short-fiction
This anthology contains 20 stories, eight of which I had previously read. As with any such anthology, there were ups and downs and overall this is just an ok selection. My favourite stories were Utopia, LOL? by Jamie Wahls, A Series of Steaks by Vina Jie-Min Prasad, The Secret Life of Bots by Suzanne Palmer, and Strange Waters by Samatha Mills.

The greatest appeal of anthologies and the primary reason I may opt to read one is to be exposed to and discover new-to-me writers who are doing interesti
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent collection with a number of award-winning stories, including Suzanne Palmer’s The Secret Life of Bots (service and heroism even when you’re considered outdated), S. Qiouyi Lu’s Mother Tongues (when you can sell your knowledge of your basic language to buy your child’s future, what should you do?), Rebecca Roanhorse’s Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience TM (also about selling your culture to survive, though very differently), Kelly Robson’s A Study in Oils (surviving the doing o ...more
Dec 19, 2019 rated it liked it
The stories were enjoyable and fun to read, but nothing really stood up and grabbed me. I wouldn't mind reading more from these authors, but I probably won't go looking for them. Sometimes you have to read a lot of good (and, unfortunately, some bad) before you find that great story or book that's going to grab you and make you think about things. There are better things to follow up on, such as the remainder of the Lady Astronaut stories, more Murderbot, and more Chinese SF beyond the Three Bod ...more
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a great collection of SFF by relatively new writers. While many of them have become well-established by now, getting major awards and big publishing deals, this is still a good introduction to the work of Rebecca Roanhorse, Amal El-Mohtar, Alice Sola Kim, Sam J. Miller, E. Lily Yu, Rich Larson, Vina Jie-Min Prasad, Sarah Pinsker, Darcie Little Badger, S. Qiouyi Lu, Kelly Robson, and others. I love the diverse viewpoints and characters created by this group of writers and recommend this h ...more
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EN: Hannu Rajaniemi is a Finnish author of science fiction and fantasy, who writes in both English and Finnish. He lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, and is a founding director of a technology consultancy company, ThinkTank Maths.

Rajaniemi was born in Ylivieska, Finland. He holds a B.Sc. in Mathematics from the University of Oulu, a Certificate of Advanced Study in Mathematics from the University of Ca

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