cover image Reclaim the Stars: 17 Tales Across Realms & Space

Reclaim the Stars: 17 Tales Across Realms & Space

Edited by Zoraida Córdova. Wednesday, $19.99 (432p) ISBN 978-1-250-79063-7

In the introduction to this magnetic and artfully curated SFF anthology, editor Córdova (The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina, for adults) asks, “Do you remember the first time you believed in the impossible?” Featuring 17 short stories from “a collective of science fiction and fantasy authors who spanned the Latin American diaspora”—including Romina Garber, Anna-Marie McLemore, Daniel José Older, and Mark Oshiro—the anthology invites readers to expand the bounds of their belief with each impossible creation. Organized into three broad thematic categories, the wide-ranging offerings span galaxies, realms, and subgenres, tackling everything from Shakespearean blood feuds and star-crossed lovers to seeking a more just world and dismantling oppressive power structures. Though the anthology has a slight bent toward fantasy, each story leaves a distinct impression, and no voice or subject matter feels stale. Additionally, newcomers Circe Moskowitz (“Creatures of Kings”) and Linda Raquel Nieves Pérez (“White Water, Blue Ocean”)—with rousing prose and premises that immediately entrance—not only feel at home among more seasoned creators’ work but shine diamond-bright in this visionary anthology. Ages 12–up. Agent: Suzie Townsend, New Leaf Literary. (Feb.)