About the Book:
Futuredaze 2: Reprise: Fifteen of the best and most brilliant young adult science fiction stories, written by the hottest SF and YA authors, are gathered for the first time in one anthology. Wild-west steampunk, true love with the alien next door, a confab with Mr. Darcy’s avatar, musical fluted girls, and Dorothy in alt-China—this is not your mom and dad’s science fiction. Grab a friend and go for launch to worlds of wonder that reveal who we are and what we want to become through our decisions, relationships, and the chances we take on our futures—across all universes!
“Thoughtfully organized to maximize enjoyment, this sci-fi collection introduces YA readers to exciting subgenres and authors.” —Carolyn Bailey, Foreword Reviews, Fall 2014
“Drawing on a diverse selection of the short science fiction of the last 30 years, the authors have created a solid work through which younger readers can explore the world of SF.” —James Davis Nicoll, RT Book Reviews
Featuring stories from Paolo Bacigalupi, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Neil Gaiman, Hugh Howey, Kat Howard, N. K. Jemisin, James Patrick Kelly, Ken Liu, Malinda Lo, Beth Revis, Will Shetterly, Scott Westerfeld, Connie Willis, and Jane Yolen.
Futuredaze: 2 Reprise is now available for purchase online at:
We just received a really great review from Foreword Reviews, which is included in their Fall 2014 issue. Thank you Foreword Reviews!
The entire review is so complementary that I couldn’t just pick one thing to share here. So, I’m including a few different snippets for you to enjoy:
“Thoughtfully organized to maximize enjoyment, this sci-fi collection introduces YA readers to exciting subgenres and authors….Underwood and Holder follow up Futuredaze, their collection of original science-fiction stories and poetry, with this sequel featuring fifteen previously published stories by well-known YA authors like Scott Westerfeld and Cassandra Clare….The editors’ respect for their teen audience is apparent and adds to the appeal of the collection. The previously mentioned stories, like all of the others chosen for this book, incorporate issues of identity, independence, and relationships that are hallmarks of YA literature….At just under 300 pages, the length provides a nice taste of some of the best science-fiction writing for teens without being overwhelmingly long.” — Carolyn Bailey
This is it! It’s book day for Futuredaze 2: Reprise! Erin Underwood and Nancy Holder are very excited about this anthology of short science fiction for young adults. Futuredaze 2: Reprise pulls together a stellar selection of reprint stories that range from SF classics to recent YA publications, which features fiction from many of today’s top SF and YA authors.
Table of contents in alphabetical order by title:
“The Fluted Girl” by Paolo Bacigalupi
“The Last Ride of the Glory Girls” by Libba Bray
“I Never” by Cassandra Clare
“How to Talk to Girls at Parties” by Neil Gaiman
“Deep Blood Kettle” by Hugh Howey
“Sweet Sixteen” by Kat Howard
“Valedictorian” by N. K. Jemisin
“Going Deep” by James Patrick Kelly
“The Veiled Shanghai” by Ken Liu
“Good Girl” by Malinda Lo
“The Other Elder” by Beth Revis
“Secret Identity” by Will Shetterly
“Stupid Perfect World” by Scott Westerfeld
“A Letter from the Clearys” by Connie Willis
“Wilding” by Jane Yolen
We’ll have copies of Futuredaze: 2 Reprise for sale at Loncon3 this year. However, for those of you who are unable to make it to London this weekend, here are a few links where you can purchase a copy of Futuredaze: 2 Reprise.
Erin Underwood will be attending Loncon 3 (the 2014 World Science Fiction Convention) this weekend, handing out glow-in-the-dark Futuredaze 2: Reprise writstbands. So, if you are attending the convention, be sure to say hello.
Amazing Stories Magazine published a thoughtful review of Futuredaze 2: Reprise. What makes this review so interesting is the reviewer’s additional commentary on young adult fiction within the speculative fiction genre, which he weaves into his review of the anthology as a whole. It was rewarding to see that Futuredaze 2: Reprise generated such a thoughtful review that addressed more than just the stories he was reading. Thank you Amazing Stories Magazine!
Here is a short excerpt from the review:
“The congruity between the two categories [adult and young adult] would suggest that books designated as “young adult” should be reviewed with the same criteria as books for adults. FutureDaze2: Reprise, an anthology of young adult science fiction edited by Erin Underwood and Nancy Holder validates this approach: it’s great reading no matter what age group the reader belongs to.” – Amazing Stories Magazine, Ira Nayman
“Drawing on a diverse selection of the short science fiction of the last 30 years, the authors have created a solid work through which younger readers can explore the world of SF.” — RT Reviews, James Davis Nicoll
An exciting reprint anthology of young adult science fiction.
MARBLEHEAD, Mass. (July 26, 2014) — Underwords Press announces the publication of Futuredaze2: Reprise, a reprint anthology of science fiction short stories for young adult readers, edited by Erin Underwood and Nancy Holder, and available in trade paperback and ebook August 12, 2014.
“[Futuredaze2: Reprise] succeeds at showcasing the strengths of young adult science fiction by revealing the incredible diversity of voices present in the genre.” —Tangent
“Fifteen modern master storytellers present classic tales of creepy dread and tales of stirring hope. Are you ready for tomorrow?” —David Brin, author of Earth & The Postman
“Ambitious in scope and compulsively readable, these stories redefine the boundaries of science fiction.” —Kami Garcia, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Unbreakable & coauthor of Beautiful Creatures
“Haunting, unforgettable. The ills of the present are laid bare in these sharp tales of future possibilities!” —Tamora Pierce, author of Mastiff and Battle Magic
“Futuredaze2: Reprise is a new anthology filled with tales that are exciting, stimulating and brilliant.” —Ann VanderMeer, editor of The Weird and The Time Traveler’s Almanac
ABOUT THE BOOK Futuredaze2: Reprise includes fifteen of the best and most brilliant young adult science fiction stories, written by the hottest SF and YA authors, gathered for the first time in one anthology. Wild-west steampunk, true love with the alien next door, a confab with Mr. Darcy’s avatar, musical fluted girls, and Dorothy in alt-China—this is not your mom and dad’s science fiction. Grab a friend and go for launch to worlds of wonder that reveal who we are and what we want to become through our decisions, relationships, and the chances we take on our futures—across all universes!
Featuring stories from Paolo Bacigalupi, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Neil Gaiman, Kat Howard, Hugh Howey, N. K. Jemisin, James Patrick Kelly, Ken Liu, Malinda Lo, Beth Revis, Will Shetterly, Scott Westerfeld, Connie Willis, and Jane Yolen.
ABOUT THE EDITORS Erin Underwood is the co-editor of Futuredaze: An Anthology of YA Science Fiction. Her fiction, non-fiction and interviews can be found online and in print.
Nancy Holder is a multiple award-winning, New York Times bestselling YA author (the Wicked saga, the Wolf Springs Chronicles.) She also edits anthologies, comic books and graphic novels.
Underwords Press is a small press whose mission it is to publish short science fiction for young adults and unconventional literary projects within the science fiction and fantasy fields.
Publication Date: August 12, 2014 | Science Fiction / Young Adult
$15.95 U.S. trade paperback | ISBN: 9780985893408
$9.95 eBook | ISBN: 9780985893415
Information: www.underwordspress.com | Distribution: Ingram Content Group
Erin Underwood will be at Loncon 3 this year, which is more commonly know as “WorldCon”. It’s a rotating convention held in a different host city every year, and this year it’s in London.
August 14-18, 2014 London, England At the ExCel Campus in the Docklands area...
Here is Erin’s final program schedule. If you’re attending Loncon 3, be sure to stop by and say hello. She will be handing out glow in the dark wristbands to celebrate the launch of Futuredaze 2: Reprise (Aug 12th)!
The Retrofuturism of JJ Abrams
Thursday 16:30 – 18:00, Capital Suite 2 (ExCeL)
From Super 8 to Star Trek to Almost Human, JJ Abrams-developed projects often seem to take particular delight in updating or simply inhabiting the futures of days gone past. To what extent is this nostalgia, and to what extent can elements of critique or challenge be identified in his work? What are the implications for the upcoming third Star Wars trilogy, and other Abrams-driven franchises?
Val Nolan (M), Pawel Frelik, Sorcha Ní Fhlainn, Ashley Pollard, Erin M. Underwood
Wholapalooza – Doctor Who Party
Thursday 22:00 – 02:00, Fanac Tent (ExCeL)
A Doctor Who party for one and all to come and celebrate a great British – and science fictional – institution. There will be games and prizes!
Erin M. Underwood (M), Galia Bahat
Cover Art for Young Adult and Middle Grade Books
Saturday 16:30 - 18:00, London Suite 3 (ExCeL)
With the explosion and evergreen popularity of science fiction and fantasy for young adult and middle grade readers, the need for artwork is constant. What books have the best covers? What are some of the key elements within YA and MG cover art? Which artists are actively making and selling art for these readers? How have the styles and elements within YA and MG cover art changed over time and what trends are coming in the future?
Ann VanderMeer (M), Christopher Gibbs, Klaus Æ. Mogensen, Erin M. Underwood
Staging the Fantastic
Saturday 18:00 – 19:00, Capital Suite 16 (ExCeL)
Is this a golden age for genre theatre? On both sides of the Atlantic, fantastical theatre has seen notable successes in recent years – from ‘blockbuster’ productions at the National Theatre of His Dark Materials and the original Tori Amos/Samuel Adamson musical, the Light Princess, to smaller, thought-provoking independent work from groups such as The Alchemist Theatre Company, Unlimited Theatre, Luna Theatre Company, and the BFG Collective. Earlier this year, Stage the Future was the first international academic conference on SF theatre; and the forthcoming anthology Geek Theater collects genre theatre by numerous playwrights and other SF authors. So what are the challenges and opportunities of putting SF and fantasy on stage? How does SF theatre use special effects, which are so central to other forms of visual SF? And how is the audience for SF theatre growing and changing?
Erin M. Underwood (M), Susan Gray, James Patrick Kelly, Geoff Ryman, David Wake
On The Blogs: Bloggers Discuss their Roles in the World of YA
Sunday 10:00 – 11:00, Capital Suite 16 (ExCeL)
Bloggers have become an integral part of YA book promotion. How do authors find these bloggers? Why should readers trust their opinions? What are the best book blogs out there right now and what makes them so useful?
Foz Meadows (M), Patricia Ash, Liz de Jager, Shaun Duke, Erin M. Underwood