By 11 speculative fiction authors
“No one can doubt that the wave of the future is not the conquest of the world by a single dogmatic creed but the liberation of the diverse energies of free nations and free men. No one can doubt that cooperation in the pursuit of knowledge must lead to freedom of the mind and freedom of the soul.”
—President John F. Kennedy, from a speech at University of California, March 23, 1962
In a world gone wrong, heroes and villains are not always easy to distinguish and every individual has the ability to contribute something powerful.
In this stunning collection of original and rediscovered stories of tragedy and hope, the stars are a diverse group of students, street kids, good girls, kidnappers, and child laborers pitted against their environments, their governments, differing cultures, and sometimes one another as they seek answers in their dystopian worlds. Take a journey through time from a nuclear nightmare of the past to society’s far future beyond Earth with these eleven stories by masters of speculative fiction. Includes stories by Paolo Bacigalupi, Ursula K. Le Guin, Malinda Lo, Cindy Pon, Daniel H. Wilson, and more.
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- Interest Level
- Grades 8 and up
- Reading Level
- Grade 6
- Asian/Asian American Interest, Biracial Interest, African/African American Interest, Breaking Gender Barriers, Conflict resolution, Coping with Death, Cultural diversity, Environment/Nature, Friendship, Heroism, Latino/Hispanic/Mexican Interest, Multiethnic interest, Native American Interest, Overcoming Obstacles, Self Esteem/Identity, YA interest, Scifi, Dystopia
11 speculative fiction authors
contribute stories to Diverse Energies: Paolo Bacigalupi, K. Tempest Bradford, Rahul Kanakia, Rajan Khanna, Ursula K. Le Guin, Ken Liu, Malinda Lo, Ellen Oh, Cindy Pon, Greg Van Eekhout, and Daniel H. Wilson.
Editor Tobias S. Buckell is a Caribbean-born professional blogger and SF/F author who grew up in Grenada, the British Virgin Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He is a Clarion graduate, Writers of the Future winner, and Campbell Award for Best New SF Writer Finalist, and he has been nominated for a Nebula Award. His work on Halo has been selected as a Best Book for Young Adults (BBYA). Buckell lives in Ohio with his wife and two children.
Editor Joe Monti has worn several hats in publishing—from bookstore clerk to buyer, sales to editorial, to literary agent. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and son.