Diverse Creations: Mother of Invention, edited by Rivka Rafael and Tansy Rayner Roberts

Funded via a Kickstarter that exceeded its goals, Mother of Invention is an anthology of short stories (and one essay) from award-winning Australian Twelfth Planet Press. It’s co-edited by Hugo-award-winning Tansy Rayner Roberts alongside Rivka Rafael. Possessed of a theme that concerns itself with maternal genius, with non-male scientific (and sometimes fantastical) creators and their creations, this was always guaranteed to be an interesting anthology. But I didn’t expect that it would turn out to be this good, too.

There are twenty-one stories in Mothers of Invention, and one essay. The essay, by Ambelin Kwaymullina, is “Reflecting on Indigenous Worlds, Indigenous Futurisms, and Artificial Intelligence,” and on first glance, it doesn’t sit easily with the theme. On second glance, the essay is a fascinating exploration of the category “artificial,” and sidles subversively alongside the anthology’s collection of stories.

With twenty-one stories, there are bound to be both hits ...