Tasting Light: Book summary and reviews of Tasting Light by A. R. Capetta

Tasting Light

Ten Science Fiction Stories to Rewire Your Perceptions

by A. R. Capetta

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

What does the future hold? Ten speculative short stories by leading young-adult authors imagine what the world could be through the lens of technologies emerging today. When the modification industry transforms how humans look, sound, and interact, a nonbinary teen braves the "reinvention room" to accept a gift from the dead. In an accidental city in space, a young apprentice holds neighborhoods together with braided carbon filaments until distraction and inspiration arrive in the wake of a visitor. Entitlement-fueled drug use alters the landscape of white privilege, robots remember the Earth, and corporate "walkers" stroll for unknown subscribers—until one hacks the system. In tales buzzing with possibility, hope, innovation, anger, and tenderness, Tasting Light offers a dazzling challenge to connect with open minds, hearts, and senses in a fast-changing world.

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.

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"This dazzling speculative collection comprising 10 authors and edited by Capetta, who also contributes, and Roush explores emerging innovative technology to imagine expansive futures...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)

"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 Reviews (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

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A. R. Capetta

A. R. Capetta is the author of The Heartbreak Bakery, Echo After Echo, The Lost Coast, and the bestselling Once & Future series, coauthored with their spouse, Cory McCarthy. They live in the Green Mountains and teach in the MFA program in writing for children and young adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Wade Roush is a journalist and audio producer who focuses on how science and technology are changing our lives and what we can do as individuals to steer that process. He is the editor of the hard science anthology Twelve Tomorrows, published by MIT Press. He holds a PhD from MIT in the history of technology and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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