Shine: An Anthology of Near-Future Optimistic SF, edited by Jetse de Vries, Solaris £7.99, 454 pages, FT Bookshop price: £6.39
SF is good at gloom. From Frankenstein to Blade Runner, the genre has delighted audiences with dystopia and apocalypse. But in Shine, Jetse de Vries aims to present SF that “thinks about solutions to problems plaguing humanity today” – with mixed results.
The Tweets appended to each story, a residue of de Vries’s use of Twitter to organise his project, are toe-curling. But there are some strong stories: “Overhead”, Jason Stoddard’s sketch of a moon colony, is the best; Holly Phillips’s “Summer Ice”, set in a greener future metropolis, and Kay Kenyon’s “Castoff World”, also satisfy.