The Shine anthology has been released in the USA March 30, and in the UK April 15, to high critical acclaim. Check out the Table of Contents below. Story titles link to story excerpts, complete with pictures, review quotes, exclusive interviews & interactive maps; author names link to their websites:
- The Earth of Yunhe (podcast!)—Eric Gregory
- The Greenman Watches the Black Bar Go Up, Up, Up—Jacques Barcia
- Overhead—Jason Stoddard
- Summer Ice—Holly Phillips
- Sustainable Development—Paula R. Stiles
- The Church of Accelerated Redemption—Gareth L. Powell & Aliette de Bodard
- The Solnet Ascendancy—Lavie Tidhar
- Twittering the Stars—Mari Ness
- Seeds—Silvia Moreno-Garcia
- At Budokan—Alastair Reynolds
- Sarging Rasmussen: A Report by Organic—Gord Sellar
- Scheherazade Caught in Starlight—Jason Andrew
- Russian Roulette 2020—Eva Maria Chapman
- Castoff World—Kay Kenyon
- Paul Kishosha’s Children—Kenn Edgett
- Ishin—Madeline Ashby
Here are some review quotes:
That’s why Shine is such a significant — dare I say, historic — anthology. And with a rich diversity of settings and thematic speculation, this is a collection most science fiction fans will undoubtedly embrace.
Overall, Shine is utterly worth reading.
But it would be difficult — some might say doubly impossible — for every entry in an anthology as ambitious as Shine to appeal to every reader. It is to de Vries’ credit that all but the most hard-hearted of sci-fi readers should find their own brand of optimism represented somewhere among Shine’s array of bright futures.
But if we are to have some some influence over how that change unfolds, isn’t it important that our stories, whether they be in the news, on television screens or in the pages of science fiction novels, fully explore the optimistic possibilities that technology represents?
If another collection of stories as good as this is published this year, it will be an annus mirabilis. Shine is one of the best single anthologies of recent years.
There are SF writers who continue to explore non-Singularity earth societies that work without reverting to feudalism: Ursula Le Guin, Jack McDevitt, Alex Jablokow, to name just a few. Shine is a worthy squire to these paladins. Granted, it’s a qualified success; yet the fact that it exists at all and that several of its stories are high quality is reason to hope that SF won’t become a whiny couch potato on Prozac.
To round off this very long review I’m happy to report that Shine was a truly fascinating and enjoyable read. I’m not the biggest SF fan in the world, but I’ll happily promote this to others who, like me, feel the same way. Here are authors with stories and characters I could relate to. But then, I suspect hardened SF readers out there will devour this with gusto. Jetse de Vries has done a truly remarkable job putting Shine together and I’d like to be signed up to read any follow-up anthology because this one has genuinely broken down some preconceived ideas I’ve had about the genre.
For an anthology with a very tight remit — optimistic near-future science fiction — there is a huge variety in the stories themselves. It occurs to me that this book is the perfect introduction to SF for readers who wouldn’t normally venture into the genre.
The diversity of the stories and the consistently high quality of this collection is testament to his passion for this project. […] A shining example of what positive thinking can achieve.
[…] it also ably demonstrates the potential of optimistic science fiction to entertain and speculate at the same time.
Jetse de Vries did an excellent job in selecting and editing beautiful stories from a group of talented writers. I greatly enjoyed all of Shine’s stories, maybe with one or two exceptions. I would highly recommend Shine.
The whole collection has the effect of leaving you in a better frame of mind at the end of each story. It’s not that all of the stories are warm and cosy. On the contrary, some of the narrators are coarse, violent and vulgar. The overall tempo succeeds in meeting the aim of the anthology, demonstrating that mankind, either individually or collectively, socially or technologically, can make a positive difference.
Shine left me feeling like a cat lazing in the sunshine, happy and inspired. It’s vital and relevant, an almost living thing. If it’s not looked back on as a significant early step on a new path for sci-fi — along with The Apex Book of World SF — I’d be surprised.
It’s a bold attempt to counter the prevailing doom of much current SF.
An interactive map of SHINE story locations: