The Starry Rift: Tales of New Tomorrows
A boy struggles to drop below his spaceship's weight limit so that he can bring his most treasured possession with him to a distant planet; a girl's obsession with tanning cream causes her to turn orange and draws the attention of extraterrestrials; an Internet celebrity switches from one custom-made body to another, desperate to keep his fans interested. In sixteen stories, authors including Neil Gaiman, Scott Westerfeld, and Margo Lanagan imagine the lives of teens in the near and distant future. Introduction. Brief author's note and biography after each story. Editor's note.
JLG Release: May 2008
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide^, School Library Journal*
5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
Level 5.9; Points: 24;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 5.6; Points: 32;
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Language: Mild Language
Imagining the future, Examining current-day issues, Today's decisions affect tomorrow, Adventure, Wonder, Colonization, Living in another world, Evaluating possessions, Making sacrifices, Families, Siblings, Imagination, Total immersion games, Virtual worlds, Avatars, Positive aspects of gaming, Empathy, Building a virtual community, Doing what you feel is right, Losing touch with your physical self, Breaking rules, What is real? Friendship, Unexpected occurrences, Turning points, Social issues, Hope, Science and society, Innovative technology, Deciding how to use technology, Techno wizards, Cloning, Genetically adapting humans, Bioengineering, Cyborgs, Nanobots, Morality, Space travel, Manipulating time and space, Voyages, Loneliness, Redemption, Restlessness, Taking risks, Seeking peace, Love, Role models, Gender roles, Grief, Making difficult choices, Vengeance, Warfare, Global community, Seeing beyond your own culture, Free will, Humanity and inhumanity, Aliens, Setting things righ