New Suns is described as a book of Original Speculative Fiction by People of Colour and was published on 12th March. It showcases emerging and seasoned writers of many races telling stories filled with shocking delights and powerful visions of the familiar made strange. Between this book’s covers burn tales of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and their indefinable overlappings. These are authors aware of our many possible pasts and futures, authors freed of stereotypes and clichés, ready to dazzle you with their daring genius.
Unexpected brilliance shines forth from every page. Prepare to be challenged as this is by no means your average read. There are seventeen short stories and they transport you to different worlds. They were certainly original and gave more to get your teeth into than your average short story. I also felt the stories did not make that usual mistake of so many short stories of wrapping up things too quickly and in an unsatisfactory fashion.
What I liked
This was a book I would not normally choose and I think it is good to mix up your reading. You learn from that and you can also develop your writing skills by reading different genres. I reflected that my late mum would have enjoyed this one as she was always prepared to try new books introducing diverse ideas and concepts. She had a surprising taste for science fiction and that is one of the types of story in this book. This book is not average and that is perhaps its key strength.
What I found challenging
I do not normally read anything sci-fi or horror related so this was quite a leap for me. There were days when that was OK but other days where it felt a little hard work and I would pick up another book that was more my usual sort of read. The good thing with anthologies is that you can also pick and choose which story you read according to your mood on a particular day.
Who should read this book?
Ideal readers for this book would be those who already love fantasy, horror and science fiction. That is not really me if I am honest but it was refreshing to try something new. I am passing the book to a couple of family members who I think will really enjoy it. I also think the book would be great for anyone looking to mix up their reading and to try something new.
New Suns includes stories by Kathleen Alcala, Minsoo Kang, Anil Menon, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Alex Jennings, Alberto Yanez, Steven Barnes, Jaymee Goh, Karin Lowachee, E. Lily Yu, Andrea Hairston, Tobias Buckell, Hiromi Goto, Rebecca Roanhorse, Indrapramit Das, Chinelo Onwualu and Darcie Little Badger.