Diverse YA Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories

edited by Alisa Krasnostein and Julia Rios

ISBN 978-1-922101-11-2

Cover by Amanda Rainey

Ebook conversion by Charles Tan

Published August 2014 (UK/US) and October 2014

(Please note these prices include local shipping estimates, refunds will be made where actual shipping costs less.)

Kaleidoscope collects fun, edgy, meditative, and hopeful YA science fiction and fantasy with diverse leads. These twenty original stories tell of scary futures, magical adventures, and the joys and heartbreaks of teenage life.

Featuring New York Times bestselling and award winning authors along with newer voices:

Garth Nix, Sofia Samatar, William Alexander, Karen Healey, E.C. Myers, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Ken Liu, Vylar Kaftan, Sean Williams, Amal El-Mohtar, Jim C. Hines, Faith Mudge, John Chu, Alena McNamara, Tim Susman, Gabriela Lee, Dirk Flinthart, Holly Kench, Sean Eads, and Shveta Thakrar

Read Kaleidoscope stories for free online

"The Truth About Owls" by Amal El-Mohtar, reprinted at Strange Horizons. Amal talks about her story in Introduction to "The Truth About Owls".

Listen to a podcast reading of "The Truth About Owls" (read by Amal El-Mohtar herself).

"Walkdog"  by Sofia Samatar, reprinted at Weightless Books.

"The Seventh Day of the Seventh Moon" by Ken Liu, reprinted at Tor.com


An interview with Julia Rios and Alisa Krasnostein - by Niall Harrison at Strange Horizons.


“This anthology is perfect for teens who are interested in science fiction and fantasy — but who don't want just stories about white, straight, able-bodied rich kids and their vampire problems.” - NPR

“Kaleidoscope offers a wild ride to places both enticingly new and comfortingly familiar, and it's a great addition to the worlds of both YA and SFF.” - Big Blue Marble Books

“This anthology is truly kaleidoscopic and absolutely recommended.” - Kirkus

“Young men from all backgrounds will find something that speaks to them in the pages of this important, amazing collection, although I'd wager that young men who aren't white and straight will draw even more strength and power from its marvelous stories. Highly Recommended.” - Guys Lit Wire

“Perhaps the best part about this Kaleidoscope is how genuinely entertaining these stories are. Editors Alisa Krasnostein and Julia Rios did an excellent job of curating this anthology. There are dystopian societies, time-travelling, parallel universes, superheroes, mythology tie-ins, aliens, and more. Chances are, if you’re at all interested in SFF, you’ll find a story in here that you’ll love.” - Rich in Colour

“… if you’re interested in an introduction to diverse YA and how it can be done, this is a great place to start, given the range of stories and settings that offer up so many different ways to see how it’s done, and how it could be.” - this ain't livin'

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What do a disabled superhero, a time-traveling Chinese-American figure skater, and a transgender animal shifter have in common? They’re all stars of Kaleidoscope stories!

bookauthor: edited by Alisa Krasnostein and Julia Rios
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