A review by undertheteacup
Transcendent: The Year's Best Transgender Speculative Fiction, by K.M. Szpara


Wow. Wow. I have yet to encounter a more excellent collection of short stories in a single anthology. Each and every one of these babies is so beautiful, heartbreaking, mind-bending. And they are all so different from one another! I had to space them out because each one was so meaty I wanted plenty of time to savor it.

It was so thrilling to see trans characters (especially ones with neo-pronouns!) simply mentioned, just as part of the story without any fanfare or the usual acrobatics required to explain/catalogue/analyze. It just felt so perfect, natural, right. Exactly what I would always want and expect to see in fiction that is exploring and pushing the farthest reaches of expression, imagination, and experience.