Tasting Light: Ten Science Fiction Stories to Rewire Your Perceptions

Edited by A. R. Capetta, Wade Roush

In a mind-bending MITeen anthology, ten top YA authors use emerging technologies to explore startling new realities.

Imagine a world where robots with human consciousness roam the earth; a society where you can change everything about how you look, sound and interact, and even inherit a voice from the dead; and a universe where a city in space can be destroyed with a kiss… In stories buzzing with possibility, hope, innovation, anger and tenderness, ten top YA authors imagine what the world could be through the lens of technologies emerging today. Tasting Light is a dazzling challenge to open your mind, heart and senses, and rewire your perceptions. With stories by: William Alexander, K. Ancrum, Elizabeth Bear, A.R. Capetta, Charlotte Nicole Davis, Nasugraq Rainey Hopson, A.S. King, E.C. Myers, Junauda Petrus-Nasah and Wendy Xu

Categories: Fiction

For readers aged: 12+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781529510966
  • Published: 03 Nov 2022
  • Price: £8.99
  • Size: 198 x 129 mm
  • Pages: 320

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'A thoughtful, innovative and queer collection of stories that use futuristic technology in personal ways - from a non-binary teenager getting a mod to inherit the voice of someone deceased, to interstellar penpals. The stories range in scope from intimate and personal to far-reaching and society-breaking. Joyfully queer and diverse, this is a jump forward into a bright and colourful world.'

'Featured in the Bookseller's November children's previews' Bookseller

'This collection of innovative YA hard science fiction short stories thoughtfully reimagines a gender-diverse future from an array of perspectives. [...] Each story is unique, brilliant, and brimming with hope.' BuzzFeed

'The creators seamlessly tackle relevant issues such as colonization, misogyny, transphobia, and white entitlement in this eclectic celebration of infinite possibility and the ever-present human spirit.' Publishers Weekly (starred review)

'The 10 short stories in this luminous collection are set in the future in different locations [...] At once unsettling and moving, this crystalline collection will find or create a connection with its readers.' BookList

'A diverse anthology showing hopeful futures imagined through the lens of technology [...] celebrates queerness, a variety of gender identities, and the freedom to be oneself, delving into how technology can influence and transform reality as well as be used for the greater good—or to oppress [...] A top-notch hard science fiction collection.' Kirkus (starred review)

'Featured in Pen & Inc Autumn/Winter 2022 listings, highlighting the best in diversity and inclusion in children's books.' Pen & Inc

'This is a thought-provoking, original collection that challenges the reader to rethink their attitudes and values.' Read for Good

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