- ISBN: TBA
This new and original collection of short stories based on traditional tales, besides referencing the original/classic themes, explores the added dimensions of speculative fiction—artificial intelligence, future technology, environmental catastrophe and the exploration of space. Thus “The Little Mermaid” introduces us to ‘Koo-arsh’—an alien humanoid inhabiting an immense lake on an exo-planet, “The Princess and the Pea” becomes a young woman afflicted by a strange intolerance to pea soup, and the Emperor’s New Clothes reveals President Chester Trump wearing the image of clothing projected onto his body and caught out with unforeseen side-effects.
Nine of the re-imagined stories in this anthology are inspired by the works of Hans Christian Andersen and one by the Brothers Grimm. Many of the original stories are well known and some have been adapted to feature films, television, comics and other media. There can be little doubt that they share a timeless quality having endured over the generations since the early 19th Century. The reason for their abiding popularity is that we can still relate to the human emotions, foibles and failings that are common to all human cultures. Modern readers need do little to fill in gaps and use their imagination to make this anthology relevant to their own experiences.
This collection appeals to a wide range of readers, including young adults, resonating with some of the most pressing concerns of our age.