18 Oct

My first edited anthology, Diverse Energies, launches

Many years ago, I said that one of the milestones on my list of ‘things to do as a writer’ was to edit an anthology. Today, I get to very formally check that box!

I present to you, Diverse Energies:

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The title is taken from this quote that I find inspiring, because it is a strong echo of something that I basically have as a mission statement:

“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

A while back, Joe Monti (who represents my young adult SF/F) and I put our heads together and thought it would be a good idea to try and put together an anthology of science fiction that had diverse voices and diverse characters for young adult readers. Tu Books was an obvious match (as they feature books that are both SF/F and feature diverse characters).

We were able to get a cool mix of originals and reprints in the table of contents with authors like 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.

With some nice nods from Booklist and Kirkus, as well as other reviews, I’m pretty psyched about this whole project.

What’s also been pretty interesting is that, just like many an anthology I’ve had a story in, the reviews all focus in on liking different stories, a sign I’ve always regarded as a successful anthology as it means there’s something in there for everyone.

The Lee & Low/Tu Books website has information on Diverse Energies. It should be out in bookstores, and although some online venues still say it needs pre-ordered, it should be shipping this week if you order a copy.