Revealing Tasting Light, an SF Anthology Edited by A.R. Capetta and Wade Roush

What does the future hold?

We’re thrilled to share the cover of Tasting Light: Ten Science Fiction Stories to Rewire Your Perceptions, an anthology of ten speculative stories from leading young-adult authors. Edited by A.R. Capetta and Wade Roush, Tasting Light will be available from MITeen Press/Candlewick Press on October 4, 2022.

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
  • Wendy Xu

Cover Design by Matt Roeser; art courtesy of Getty Images

A. R. Capetta is the author of The Heartbreak Bakery, Echo After Echo, The Lost Coast, and the best-selling 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.

Inspired by insatiable curiosity about our world and the places beyond it, MITeen Press, a first-of-its-kind collaboration between a children’s trade publisher and a university press, offers young adult readers expertly vetted, wide-ranging books on cutting-edge STEAM topics, creatively presented and with broad appeal, to encourage exploration, innovation, and advancement.


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