—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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kenneth Schneyer has been, at one time or another, an actor, a corporate lawyer, a dishwasher, a research assistant, a humanities professor, a clerk-typist, an IT project manager, and the assistant dean of a technology school. In 2014, he received nominations for both the Nebula and Sturgeon Memorial Awards for his story “Selected Program Notes from the Retrospective Exhibition of Theresa Rosenberg Latimer.” His work appears in such venues as Lightspeed, Uncanny, Analog, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily Science Fiction, the Clockwork Phoenix anthologies, and such podcasts as Escape Pod, Podcastle, Pseudopod, and The Drabblecast, and has been translated into Italian, Russian, Czech, and Chinese.
Apart from fiction, he has published several articles on the constitutive rhetoric of legal texts. Born in Detroit, he now lives in Rhode Island with his wife, two tabby cats, and occasionally his grown children. His interests include astronomy, presidential history, formal logic, Shakespeare, feminist theory, and genealogy. Anthems Outside Time and Other Strange Voices is his second published collection.