cover image The Mythic Dream

The Mythic Dream

Edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe. Saga, $24.99 (368p) ISBN 978-1-4814-6239-6

Wolfe and Parisien (Robots vs. Fairies) have compiled an impressively varied compendium of myth reimaginings by numerous well-known speculative fiction writers. Rebecca Roanhorse riffs on the ever-present danger of obsessive love in the futuristic “A Brief Lesson in Native American Astronomy,” based on the Tewa Native American story of Deer Hunter and White Corn Maiden. Alyssa Wong modernizes Artemis and Actaeon, examining the timely question of female safety, solidarity, empowerment, and consent in “Live Stream.” Seanan McGuire relocates the myth of Hades and Persephone to the heart of carnival life in “Phantoms of the Midway,” while Amal El-Mohtar (“Florilegia; Or, Some Lies About Flowers”) and Sarah Gailey (“Wild to Covet”) confront questions of female agency and resistance in their respective reinterpretations of the myths of Blodeuwedd, a wife created from flowers for an unworthy husband, and Thetis, the mother of Achilles. This eclectic, often subversive collection will appeal to fairy tale fans who want something new and different. (Sept.)