I wrote a Foreword to this anthology of science fiction stories and poems. I ended up surprising myself and saying that in the end they are tales of hope (the title is "A Paradox: Tales of Hope"). You can read the essay and a sample of works from the anthology at Sword and Saga Press.
Comment from my daughter on the title: "Daddy, who on earth is going to buy a book that says 'Tales of Woe' on the cover?"
That's a good question, but it's a good collection of pieces, some classic and some brand new, so I guess the answer is "I would."
(please ignore the grotesque grammatical infelicity that I of course didn't notice in the entire editing process but saw immediately when I opened the book).