Crowdfunded project that I have supported among with many other people. The anthology gathers original fantasy and science fiction stories about diverse young adult protagonists. And they use the word diverse to cover a broad spectrum of genders, sexuality, ethnicity, ability and everything from neurotypical to protagonists that isn’t. The authors themself are also quite diverse.
Title: Careful Magic
Author: Karen Healey
Genre: urban fantasy, magic
This was definitely one of my favourite stories of the anthology. Helen is such a wonderful protagonist and I was sad when the story ended. Not because it was a sad ending, but because it ended. That’s what you want from a short story isn’t it?
Author: Dirk Flinthart
Genre: science fiction, near future, aliens
To me this was a really brave story. The story is about an Australian-somali teenage girl, Kylie Haward, who befriend some alien creatures who settled on Earth after their world was destroyed.
Title: End of Service
Author: Gabriela Lee
Genre: science fiction, near future
Aya just lost her mom, who has been living as a migrant worker, somewhere else. Her mom has never been home much and that is making the grief process harder on Aya, who does not know what to think and feel.
Title: The Legend Trap
Author: Sean Williams
Genre: Horror, parallel worlds, science fiction
This is the part of my 100 Short Stories in 2014 challenge. This story is also part of the crowdfunded anthology Kaleidoscope, that I helped fund.
As I have stated before, horror really isn’t my cup of tea. Not even this wage kind of horror that plays more with emotions than with the more classic horror. This is the same kind of horror as the one you find in Coraline.
Title: Cookie Cutter Superhero
Author: Tansy Rayner Roberts
I helped kickstart the anthology Kaleidoscope last fall and it just got published the other day. I had tons of other short story collections and anthologies to read from, but I had really looked forward to this one, so I started reading almost right away. I now have a work commute again that is perfect for reading short stories, so that is going to be awesome for my project of reading tons of short stories this year.