Decision Points

Decision Points edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt - front cover from WordFire PressEditor: Bryan Thomas Schmidt
Released: April 2016
Publisher: WordFire Press
ISBN: 978-1-61475-424-4
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“A strong, well-written, fascinating selection–this was the most solid-in-quality anthology I’ve ever read!”—Tamora Pierce, NYT bestselling author of The Song of The Lioness and Circle of Magic

Life is full of decision points—those key moments when what we decide can change everything for better or for worse. These 20 tales describe such instances in young people’s lives, ranging from tragic to triumphant, from horror to fantasy to science fiction. Written by authors new and old, those known for Young Adult writing and those known for Adult novels, a few new and barely known at all, these stories will make you think, make you laugh, make you feel angry, sad, determined, etc. as you examine choices and consequences and consider the many paths a life might take and think about your own. Edited by Hugo-nominated editor Bryan Thomas Schmidt, Decision Points includes both brand new and reprint stories by award winnering and bestselling authors. Top authors telling great stories about life changing decisions that may well change yours.

   “Sisters” by Jonathan Maberry
   “Sankofa” by Nnedi Okorafor
   “The Prince of Artemis V” by Jennifer Brozek
   “Aftermaths” by Lois McMaster Bujold
   “Driving a Bargain” by Robert J. Sawyer
   “My Father’s Eyes” by E. C. Myers
   “Like a Thief in the Light” by Alethea Kontis
   “Clockwork Fagin” by Cory Doctorow
   “Postcards” by Rebecca Moesta
   “The Outbreeders” by Robert Silverberg
   “Rivalry on the Sky Course” by Bryan Thomas Schmidt
   “An Echo in the Shell” by Beth Cato
   “The Milky Way Dance Hall” by Lou Antonelli
   “Blood and Water” by Kate Corcino
   “The Boy Who Yelled ‘Dragon’ (A Fable)” by Mike Resnick
   “Newts” by Kevin J. Anderson
   “Babydoll” by K. D. McEntire
   “Shade” by Steven Gould
   “Granted” by Jody Lynn Nye
   “The War of Gifts” by Orson Scott Card

Decision Points has a more YA focus, and it’s mostly reprints, a pretty good set. Of the originals, the most interesting was Nnedi Okorafor’s “Sankofa”, about a girl in Ghana coming to visit a rich family… and we gather that she’s not exactly what she seems: instead she’s some sort of witch of death. But her interactions in the wealthy house are not quite what we expect, particularly her sudden friendship with a young boy. Interesting and unexpected work.”—Rich Horton, Locus Magazine