âNo 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.â
âPresident 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 societyâs 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.
Edited by Tobias S. Buckell and Joe Monti.
Praise for Diverse Energies
Careful, curious readers will be rewarded, though probably not comforted, by the many realities and futures imagined here. -Kirkus
“Conceived in an effort to more judiciously represent ethnic and cultural diversity in YA fiction, this provocative collection, edited by SF author Buckell and literary agent Monti explores dystopian themes through multiple lenses. . . . Not only do these stories feature racially diverse casts, set all over the world or in space, some have gay and lesbian protagonists, giving readers plenty with which to identify. Happy endings are infrequent, but readers will eagerly immerse themselves in each vividly constructed world.” -Publishers Weekly
“Tu Books should be commended for taking a risk on this â and make no mistake, it probably was a risk. âDiversityâ is something that YA readers and editors seem to want, yet publisherâs cataloguesâ remain packed with books about straight white American kids. . . . Itâs good to know that someone out there is committed to catering to audiences that might feel sorely under-represented by the market. . . .” -The Intergalactic Academy
“It is a refreshing change and I hope that more teens find inspiration from this anthology.” -Geek Speak
“The concept behind Diverse Energies, a YA science fiction (mostly dystopian-esque) short story collection from Lee and Low, is admirable: all stories feature a person of color, something often lacking in the SFF world. . . . [I]t will definitely appeal to readers interested in SF shorts.” -Stacked Books
“…feels different than the usual fareâcharacters, settings, and authors come from all across the global spectrumâand, maybe more to the point, proves to be not that different at all.” -Booklist
“When I first heard the premise of this anthology, I was thrilled. Science fiction and dystopia stories about multicultural characters and worlds written by diverse authors? Sign me up!” -Dear Author
“Another TU BOOKS success! . . . Whether set in Western or non-Western society, all of the stories in this anthology are about survival — either surviving the moment, the situation that the character is in, or survival for the group. This is a very grown-up type of YA anthology – the world is dark, and yet, the human spirit is young, and stubborn, and prevails. The caliber of writing in this anthology suggests it as a great option to refresh high school reading lists.” -Finding Wonderland
“The diversity shown in this novel was excellent, and could serve as a great lesson to many, readers and writers alike. . . . If youâre looking for some good diversity in your speculative fiction, if you want a glimpse at the futures of places that arenât North American, if you want to see some minorities take the stage, then reach for a copy of Diverse Energies. Itâs worth your time.â -Bibliotropic
“If youâre looking for good fiction about strange worlds and cultures, or what racism and classism might look like in the future, youâll enjoy this. . . . this was an anthology that introduced me to new ideas and authors, and scary visions of the future that could very well exist. I think for many of these stories, we can draw a line between todayâs political decisions to what might happen down the road. And thatâs something we should definitely think about.â -The Book Stop
“Each [story] brings a rich and diverse cast of characters to their individual story within the collection, making this the perfect read for anyone looking for a great dystopian and/or sci-fi read. Diverse Energies is a quick, well-written and âedited anthology that Iâm certain will be just the book for those of us who love to read!” -Pop Culture Nerd
“[Diverse Energies] was definitely a rich experience, and now I have several new-to-me authors that I want to read full length novels from.” -GirlXOXO