Sunday, May 31, 2020

BLOG TOUR: Avatars Inc.: A Sci-Fi Anthology edited by Ann VanderMeer

Welcome to the Official Blog Tour for Avatars Inc: A Sci-Fi Anthology edited by Ann VanderMeer! Today, on our tour stop, we have my thoughts on this interesting collection of short stories AND a tour-wide giveaway to share! Be sure to check it out and grab your copy now! Follow the tour, HERE!

Science Fiction Anthology
Short Stories
Publish Date:
March 13, 2020

Mars 2080

While on a mission to mars in the year 2080, a young astronaut encounters a decommissioned robotic Avatar unit, partially buried in the Martian dust.

She poops open the cranial casing to find its central processing chip, still intact. She holds the chip up to her visual display unit to reveal its contents. Within moments, she is flooded with what-seem-to-be “memories” from the life of the avatar.

This is Avatar Inc’s 24th successful mission, as part of an overall campaign to physically retrieve, preserve and archive the memory cards from their most valuable robotic avatar unitis.

They searched the world, and deep into the solar system, to acquire the chips that contain avatar memories spanning the 21st century.

These are those memories.

All stories available to read and download for free at:
Avatars Inc.

*Contributing Authors*
Eric Desatnik

SL Haung, Sarah Pinsker, JY Yang, Kelly Robson, Nino Cipri, Jeffrey Ford, K Chess, Indrapamit Das, Robert Reed, Paul McAuley, Julianna Baggot, Ken Liu, Merc, Fenn Wolfmoor, Pat Cadigan, Tom Sweterlitsch, James S.A. Corey, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Johanna Sinisalo, Tade Thompson, Dr. Harry Kloor, Charles Yu, Aliette de Bodard, Julie Novàkovà, and Madeline Ashby  



“Ann VanderMeer’s outstanding Current Futures: A Sci-Fi Ocean Anthology, is a selection of stories about climate change and the future of our oceans, all by some of the best writers working today...on the XPRIZE’s website, it is as indispensable as anything on this list.” —Jonathan Strahan, Reviews Editor, Locus

“Ann VanderMeer’s Current Futures: A Sci-Fi Ocean Anthology is a required-reading, online-only “sci-fi ocean anthology” sponsored by XPRIZE.” —Liza Goren Trombi, Editor-in-Chief, Locus

**In 2020 the most recent anthology from XPRIZE, Current Futures: A Sci-Fi Ocean Anthology, was named to the Locus Recommended Reading list of 2019**

**4 Short stories from Current Futures: A Sci-Fi Ocean Anthology were included in the Short Stories section of the Locus Recommended Reading List of 2019**


**About the Editor**
Photo Content from Ann VanderMeer
Over a 30-year career, Ann VanderMeer has won numerous awards for her editing work, including the Hugo Award and World Fantasy Award. Whether as editor-in-chief for Weird Tales for five years or in her current role as an acquiring editor for, Ann has built her reputation on acquiring fiction from diverse and interesting new talents. As co-founder of Cheeky Frawg Books, she has helped develop a wide-ranging line of mostly translated fiction. Featuring a who’s who of world literature, Ann VanderMeer’s anthologies include the critically acclaimed Best American Fantasy series, The Weird, The Time Traveler’s Almanac, Sisters of the Revolution, and the forthcoming Big Book of SF (Vintage).

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*My Thoughts*

Note: This Review contains NO spoilers

Avatars Inc.: A Sci-Fi Anthology is a collection of stories and chapters that span through the twenty-first century. On the surface, this book seems like another simple avatar read, machines in lieu of the human body. There are no wars, no underlying mysteries, or some greater threat to humanity that brings all the chapters together. In Avatar Inc, there is no greater purpose for these avatars besides the betterment of human existence and exploration. Each person piloting an avatar is simply doing their job, getting a set of new legs, but what makes this anthology so meaningful are the experiences each author offers the reader.

Each chapter offers a new experience, a different life, and each narrator a different message. The very first chapter alone starts out strong. This chapter begins with opening a box, like a metaphor for the start of this book. It thrusts the reader into the perspective of a young man in California who wants to take care of his elderly grandmother across the ocean, on another continent, through an avatar. The narrator wants to be a good grandson, but in the end, it changes into so much more; protests, freedom, and the safety of his loved one turn into a message, “Free Hong Kong.” Despite the machinery seeming cold, the stories in Avatar Inc.: A Sci-Fi Anthology are very humane.

Some chapters are a hit or miss in terms of keeping my attention. My favorites included, yes, the first chapter, but also many of the later chapters that describe a dystopian Earth and humanity looking to save it from pollution. One chapter describes a symphony of colors and the gift of sharing experiences, another narrator describes the avatar bodies as wholly theirs by rejecting their human body, and another has an AI avatar with moral values. Whichever chapters I am referring to, I would like others to see for themselves as Avatars Inc.: A Sci-Fi Anthology is a pleasant read.

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