Marblehead, MA -- (SBWIRE) -- 07/23/2014 -- When young people start to explore science fiction, they become acutely aware of the vast and varied fiction within the genre. In fact, mining the short SF published in adult markets and from other non-science fiction genres is a mammoth task in itself. In a unique and highly-accessible new anthology, editors Erin Underwood and Nancy Holder compile works from the hottest YA and SF authors, bringing it to the market as 'Futuredaze2: Reprise.'
'Futuredaze2: Reprise' includes 15 of the best and most brilliant young adult science fiction stories, written by the hottest SF and YA authors, gathered for the first time in one anthology. Wild-west steampunk, true love with the alien next door, a confab with Mr. Darcy's avatar, musical fluted girls, and Dorothy in alt-China—this is not your mom and dad's science fiction. Grab a friend and go for launch to worlds of wonder that reveal who we are and what we want to become through our decisions, relationships, and the chances we take on our futures—across all universes!
Featuring stories from Paolo Bacigalupi, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Neil Gaiman, Kat Howard, Hugh Howey, N. K. Jemisin, James Patrick Kelly, Ken Liu, Malinda Lo, Beth Revis, Will Shetterly, Scott Westerfeld, Connie Willis, and Jane Yolen.
“Adult SF gets global attention, but short stories for young adults are often overlooked,” admits Underwood. “The fact is, very few YA science fiction anthologies have been published, leaving little room for reprint anthologies like 'Futuredaze2: Reprise.'” Holder adds, “That’s why we rounded up these amazing authors, plucking their stories from adult magazines and anthologies or mixed genre books, bringing them to the world in an anthology specifically designed for young adults. We’re bucking the trend in a market still designed for an older audience.”
Early reviews for the anthology have been impressive. Tamora Pierce, bestselling author of 'Mastiff' and 'Battle Magic,' comments, “Haunting, unforgettable. The ills of the present are laid bare in these sharp tales of future possibilities!”
Tangent Online adds, “['Futuredaze2: Reprise'] succeeds at showcasing the strengths of young adult science fiction by revealing the incredible diversity of voices present in the genre.”
Ann VanderMeer, editor of 'The Weird' and 'The Time Traveler’s Almanac' was equally as impressed, writing, 'Futuredaze2: Reprise' is a new anthology filled with tales that are exciting, stimulating and brilliant.”
'Futuredaze2: Reprise,' from Underwords Press, will be released on Aug 12, 2014.
Paperback ISBN: 9780985893408 / e-book ISBN: 9780985893415.
For more information, visit the publisher’s website: http://underwordspress.com.
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About the Editors
Erin Underwood is the co-editor of 'Futuredaze: An Anthology of YA Science Fiction.' Her fiction, non-fiction and interviews can be found online and in print.
Nancy Holder is a multiple award-winning, New York Times bestselling YA author (the Wicked saga, the Wolf Springs Chronicles.) She also edits anthologies, comic books and graphic novels.
About Underwords Press
Underwords Press is a small press whose mission it is to publish short science fiction for young adults and unconventional literary projects within the science fiction and fantasy fields.