edited by John Joseph Adams
The foundation of science fiction and fantasy is sense of wonder. And nowhere is sense of wonder more prevalent than in stories of larger-than-life heroes battling menacing forces, in far-flung galaxies, with the fate of the universe at stake. The stories in Cosmic Powers all exemplify this, and the result is an anthology of gonzo science fiction adventure stories by some of today’s most exciting writers, including Dan Abnett, Jack Campbell, Linda Nagata, Seanan McGuire, Alan Dean Foster, Charlie Jane Anders, Kameron Hurley, and many others.
The newest short story collection edited by Adams resonates with a buoyancy that can often be lost in contemporary science fiction, reminding us that futuristic doesn’t always have to mean gritty. But don’t take that to mean that these stories lack depth or feeling. The authors deftly balance the adventure and sense of wonder with solid worldbuilding and characters who quickly become familiar friends by the time their tales end. This collection will prove to be great reading for fans of the space cowboy antics of Guardians of the Galaxy, Firefly and Cowboy Bebop. [4 out of 5 stars]
—RT Book Reviews
Fun and entertaining […] A whole range of fantastic stories, from shorter adventures to longer and more thoughtful tales. […] Make[s] for a wonderful trip out into the darkness of space while you search for the next adventure.
Astonishingly good […] Rich in great stories.
—Rocket Stack Rank
Highly recommended for anyone looking for a variety of engaging sf experiences.
Designed to capture the cosmic scale of superpowered space comics in prose, this collection lands the cosmic element […] The varying styles make this anthology pleasant to read.
One kickass good anthology […] Every one of these stories is, as advertised, far-future, galaxy-spanning, and involves people confronting huge problems caused by technology, in some cases so advanced as to be, as Arthur C. Clarke said, “indistinguishable from magic.” […] Highly recommended.
The first great anthology of the year, jam-packed with smart, entertaining sci-fi adventure stories that bring a nicely modern sensibility to old ideas and tropes.