For a long time we’ve been talking about our upcoming anthology, Diverse Energies, and I am thrilled to be able to share the cover with all of you at last!

Diverse Energies is a YA anthology of dystopian stories with a focus on diversity, and features stories by several award-winning speculative fiction writers including Ursula K. Le Guin, Paolo Bacigalupi, Malinda Lo, Cindy Pon, and Greg van Eekhout. So, without further ado:

Diverse Energies Cover

Tu Books Editorial Director Stacy Whitman, on the cover:

The hanging letters came first in the concepts. I had already decided that the hanging letters were great, but it took us a while to settle on just the right image. This was a stock photo I happened across while looking for scenes of urban blight. It’s actually a reclaimed industrial space in Italy, which was turned into a park, but two things drew me to it: the way the lines would contrast with the letters in our design, and how much high energy the color of the light possessed. The energy of the colors matched the contrasting hope and darkness of the stories in this book.

The title Diverse Energies comes from a quotation from John F. Kennedy that inspired the anthology: “No one can doubt that the wave of the future is not the conquest of the world by a single dogmatic creed but the liberation of the diverse energies of free nations and free men.”

Look out for Diverse Energies this October! Until then, you can learn more about it here, and stay tuned to the blog for more sneak peeks to come.



  1. Posted July 17, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    Very exciting. Beautiful cover. I can’t wait to read the anthology. So many of my fave authors!

  2. lwreyes
    Posted July 30, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    This looks awesome. I’d love to review it for my blog. On my TBR list!

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