Fresh Visions: Revealing New Suns 2, an Anthology Edited by Nisi Shawl

We’re thrilled to reveal the cover of New Suns 2: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color. Edited by Nisi Shawl, New Suns 2 publishes March 14, 2023 with Solaris.

Octavia E. Butler said, “There’s nothing new under the sun, but there are new suns.”

New Suns 2 brings you fresh visions of the strange, the unexpected, the shocking—breakthrough stories, stories shining with emerging truths, stories that pierce stale preconceptions with their beauty and bravery. Like the first New Suns anthology (winner of the World Fantasy, Locus, IGNYTE, and British Fantasy awards), this book liberates writers of many races to tell us tales no one has ever told.

Many things come in twos: dualities, binaries, halves, and alternates. Twos are found throughout New Suns 2, in eighteen science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories revealing daring futures, hidden pasts, and present-day worlds filled with unmapped wonders.

Including stories by Daniel H. Wilson, K. Tempest Bradford, Darcie Little Badger, Geetanjali Vandemark, John Chu, Nghi Vo, Tananarive Due, Alex Jennings, Karin Lowachee, Saad Hossain, Hiromi Goto, Minsoo Kang, Tlotlo Tsamaase, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, Malka Older, Kathleen Alcalá, Christopher Caldwell and Jaymee Goh with a foreword by Walter Mosley and an afterword by Dr. Grace Dillon.

Cover art by Yoshi Yoshitani; Design by Sam Gretton

Table of Contents

  • Foreword — Walter Mosley
  • Ocasta — Daniel H. Wilson
  • The Farmer’s Wife and the Faerie Queen — K. Tempest Bradford
  • Juan — Darcie Little Badger
  • Neti-Neti — Geetanjali Vandemark
  • Equal Forces Opposed in Exquisite Tension — John Chu
  • Silk and Cotton and Linen and Blood — Nghi Vo
  • Suppertime  — Tananarive Due
  • Good Night Gracie — Alex Jennings
  • A Borrowing of Bones — Karin Lowachee
  • Chosen — Saad Hossain
  • Home Is Where the Heart Is — Hiromi Goto
  • Before the Glory of their Majesties — Minsoo Kang
  • Haunted Bodies of WombMen — Tlotlo Tsamaase
  • Dragons of Yuta — Rochita Loenen-Ruiz
  • The Plant and the Purist — Malka Older
  • The Fast Enough Human — Kathleen Alcalá
  • Counting Her Petals — Christopher Caldwell
  • Fever Dreams — Jaymee Goh
  • Afterword — Grace Dillon


Nisi Shawl is an African American writer and editor best known for the first multiple award-winning New Suns anthology and for their 2016 Nebula finalist novel Everfair. In 2019 they received the Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award for distinguished service to the genre. Prior to putting together New Suns, they edited and co-edited WisCon Chronicles 5: Writing and Racial Identity; Bloodchildren: Stories by the Octavia Butler Scholars; Strange Matings: Science Fiction, Feminism, African American Voices, and Octavia E. Butler; and Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany. Shawl lives in Seattle, where they take frequent walks with their cat.


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