"Ken Schneyer’s collection is full of many gorgeous little stories (including one of my all time favorites, 'Selected Program Notes from the Retrospective Exhibition of Theresa Rosenberg Latimer.') Each story is a carefully crafted puzzle box to be cracked open, revealing new insights into the world in all its complexity."
—Tina Connolly, author of On the Eyeball Floor and Other Stories.
"From 'Some Pebbles in the Pond,' the meta-meditation on stories and lives that opens Anthems Outside Time, to 'Dispersion,' the heartbreaking, all-too-real fantasy that closes it, the stories in Kenneth Schneyer’s new collection show a profound understanding of the craft of short stories, and an equal understanding of the people (and occasional dragon) who inhabit them. As at home in an art gallery as he is in a spaceship, Schneyer cares deeply about the world and seeks to understand it as best he can. Through these marvelous tales, he helps us do the same."
—F. Brett Cox, author of The End of All Our Exploring: Stories
"Kenneth Schneyer’s new collection, Anthems Outside Time and Other Strange Voices, is our latest evidence of a powerful, flexible, and relentlessly curious intellect at play in our genre. No story is like the next; each one shines with its own indomitable haecceity. Awkward sex, unreliable narrators, recorded memory as witness, contracts as characters, strange storms, grim revolutions, and—oh!—the awful melancholy of a weaponized toddler descending on her red balloon: Anthems is yet warm, human, and unafraid to despair. In the end, it is that very fearlessness, no matter how bleak or brutal, that brings the reader back to hope."
—C. S. E. Cooney, winner of the World Fantasy Award
"The short story is one of the few places where artistic experimentation is alive and well—at least in the hands of a master such a Kenneth Schneyer. Schneyer has the George Saunders-like gift of making new structures look easy and feel human. All too human, alas: Anthems removes our calluses and allow us to feel afresh the pain of injustice, the ache of love, the horror of what we've become. To call these stories science fiction or fantasy might leave some readers unprepared for the shock of the real Schneyer delivers: and through that shock, catharsis."
—Carlos Hernandez, author of the Sal and Gabi Series.