Science-based wonder is the core of science fiction. Yet the genre mostly casts science as either triumphalism or hubris. In To Shape the Dark, editor Athena Andreadis offers readers women heroes doing science not-as-usual. Scientists are astrogators who never sleep; To Shape the Dark is part of that vigil.
Constance Cooper, M. Fenn, Jacqueline Koyanagi, Kristin Landon, Shariann Lewitt, Vandana Singh, Aliette de Bodard, Melissa Scott, Anil Menon, C. W. Johnson, Terry Boren, Susan Lanigan, Kiini Ibura Salaam, Jack McDevitt, Gwyneth Jones
Awards and Other Recognitions
Two of the anthology’s fifteen stories were selected by Gardner Dozois for reprinting in The Year’s Best SF 34; nine more stories were listed under Honorable Mentions.
Finalist for the 2016 Independent Publishers of New England book awards in the Science Fiction/Fantasy category
Praise for To Shape the Dark
“Andreadis’s extraordinary follow-up to The Other Half of the Sky dazzles with 15 SF stories about respected and daring women scientists in their fields. Celebrating scientific discovery, the imaginative stories feature diverse cultures, intriguing settings, and intelligent plots. /…/ This collection will remind readers why they love science fiction as it celebrates scientists and science in deeply meaningful stories full of well-realized characters.” – Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Most of all, these stories make the reader think. They challenge us to question some cherished conventions of the field…/…/ If you like well-told, intelligent science fiction that respects the search for knowledge, you can’t afford to miss this one.” – Analog SF (Don Sakers)
“…Andreadis has not just created a worthy successor to her first anthology: she has surpassed it. /…/ In To Shape the Dark, Andreadis gives us fifteen stories in which both women and science—real science—are the heroes. I seldom read an anthology with more than one or two really good stories in it. /…/ Here, every single one is not just good, but stellar.” – Strange Horizons (Kelly Jennings)
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To Shape the Dark
edited by Athena Andreadis
Published by Candlemark & Gleam, May 2016