Seeds of Change Marketing is Made of Win

Blogger Josh Smith sees the Seeds of Change website and likes what he sees: "The other thing I really like about Seeds of Change is just in how the book is available and marketed. You can read three full length stories as well as many other excerpts. To make these even better, the teaser stories are available online, as a mobipocket file, a pdf and also for the Sony ebook reader. I love the use of multiple formats to let me consume the information in whatever manner suits me. … If the samples have tipped you over the edge then I highly recommend picking up a copy which is another place that Seeds of Change shines, you aren’t locked into a hardcopy of the book, you can also order it on FictionWise in a variety of ebook formats and it’s even reasonably priced for an ebook to boot."

Romanians Love Seeds of Change

Horia Ursu of Romanian publisher Millennium Press had this to say about Seeds of Change: "SEEDS OF CHANGE was definitely a pleasant revelation and a powerful proof that engagement–in the good sense of the word–continues to animate a genre only apparently reserved for easy entertainment, asking questions and offering possible answers."

You’ll just have to trust me that it says that, unless you read Romanian, because that’s the language his post is written in. (He sent me that translated excerpt.)

Review: blogger Jack Fennell

"’Drinking Problem’ by K.D. Wentworth is possibly the best work of sf I’ve read in months, a very clever satire on what can happen when Big Government throws science, money and legislation at a problem it doesn’t really understand – in this case, recycling. … ‘Arties Aren’t Stupid’ by Jeremiah Tolbert is nothing short of amazing. … ‘Spider the Artist’ by Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu … is a great story, and I would recommend this anthology on the strength of Okorafor-Mabachu’s work alone. It has the best final line of any short story I’ve read." — Prince Ugug blog

Review: Booklist

Booklist, one of the top trade journals in publishing, had this to say about Seeds of Change in their August issue:

This satisfying theme anthology is, referentially speaking, pretty seedy. It’s secretably small (about five by four inches)*, seven of its nine contributors are blossoming sf newcomers, and each of its stories is about an at-first barely appreciated experiential kernel from which something new will grow. The Sassenachs lose the big one in Ken MacLeod’s “A Dance Called Armageddon,” and only two Scots who know their folk songs realize the sea change it portends. In both Ted Kosmatka’s “N-Words” and Mark Budz’s “Faceless in Gethsemane,” the defeat of a new social prejudice born out of bioengineering begins, and only one person appreciates that it will be total. Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu’s “Spider the Artist” depicts a possible next step in evolution, cybernetic as well as physiological. K. D. Wentworth’s jokey “Drinking Problem” depicts one possible result of hyperconscious environmentalism, though she doesn’t let even one character foresee ultimate consequences. Blake Charlton’s immensely moving “Endosymbiont” lays out the future of human consciousness and has one, but only one, person embark upon it. An overall optimism, however guarded, makes the whole collection more gratifying. —Ray Olson

YA: Several kid protagonists and lots of challenging concepts. RO.

* Actually, it’s 5" x 7" —ed.

Review: Dusk Before the Dawn

"The anthology starts with a bang, with a story of future prejudice.  Of the nine stories Endosymbiont by Blake Charlton, Spider the Artist by Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu  and Drinking Problem by K.D. Wentworth were my personal favorites. … [In] Endosymbiont by Blake Charlton virtual medicine plus the ability to upload people’s consciousness into ‘neuroprocessors’ are the technology that supports [a]story of creating a new type of post-human. The main character is a young girl who was suffering from cancer, and was the first ‘uploaded,’ before the technophobes pushed through laws governing such creatures, to make sure they didn’t pull a Terminator and take over the world. This was a superbly written story revolving around well-defined characters with excellent science to back it up." –Larry Ketchersid, Dusk Before the Dawn

Review: The Fix

"Science fiction has always asked us to consider the societies we live in and ways they might change. Books like Seeds of Change demonstrate that SF continues to do so, and surely this is something to be encouraged and thankful for." –Chris Butler, The Fix

Review: Grasping for the Wind

"This anthology once again proves that Adams is an editor of high skill. … Seeds of Change continues to exemplify Adams ability to pick short stories of distinction. These nine stories … are thought provoking without being didactic, asking the reader to think deeply about issues of today through the stories of the future. Conclusions are not drawn by these authors, avoiding the giving of answers. … This is the sort of writing the speculative fiction the genre was meant to produce. Readers should be pleased with the results of the contributors’ and editor’s efforts." — John Ottinger, Grasping for the Wind

Review: Adventures in Reading

"Seeds of Change is more than worth the read and it is an anthology which sticks with the reader and improves upon further reflection." — Joe Sherry, Adventures in Reading

Robert J. Sawyer on Seeds of Change

Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Hominids, read Seeds of Change in manuscript and had this to say about it: “Isaac Asimov said science fiction is the branch of literature that deals with the responses of human beings to changes in science and technology. His definition put humans in a reactive role, but we can also be proactive, actively making the future what we want … and that’s what this anthology of provocative and disturbing stories challenges us to do.”

Publishers Weekly Review

Publishers Weekly had this to say about Seeds of Change: “This thought-provoking anthology of nine original stories posits near-future paradigm shifts in everything from race relations … to the morality of uploaded consciousness … Accurately reflects many of today’s most pressing political and social issues, and will give readers plenty to think about and argue over.”

Click over to Barnes & for the full review.

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