In The Apex Book of World SF 2
, editor Lavie Tidhar collects short stories by science fiction and fantasy authors from Africa and Latin America.
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An expedition to an alien planet; Lenin rising from the dead; a superhero so secret he does not exist. In The Apex Book of World SF 2
, World Fantasy Award-winning editor Lavie Tidhar brings together a unique collection of stories from around the world: quiet horror from Cuba and Australia, surrealist fantasy from Russia, epic fantasy from Poland, near-future tales from Mexico and Finland, and cyberpunk from South Africa. In this anthology, one gets a glimpse of the complex and fascinating world of genre fiction—from all over our world.
Featuring work from noted international authors such as Will Elliot, Hannu Rajaniemi, Shweta Narayan, Lauren Beukes, Ekaterina Sedia, Nnedi Okorafor, and Andrzej Sapkowski.
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Table of Contents "Alternate Girl's Expatriate Life" by Rochita Loenen-Ruiz
"Mr. Goop" by Ivor W. Hartmann
"Trees of Bone" by Daliso Chaponda
"The First Peruvian in Space" by Daniel Salvo (translated by Jose B. Adolph)
"Eyes in the Vastness of Forever" by Gustavo Bondoni
"The Tomb" by Chen Qiufan (translated by the author)
"The Sound of Breaking Glass" by Joyce Chng
"A Single Year" by Csilla Kleinheincz (translated by the author)
"The Secret Origin of Spin-Man" by Andrew Drilon
"Borrowed Time" by Anabel Enríquez Piñeiro (translated by Daniel W. Koon) "Branded" by Lauren Beukes
"December 8th" by Raúl Flores (translated by Daniel W. Koon)
"Hungry Man" by Will Elliott
"Nira and I" by Shweta Narayan
"Nothing Happened in 1999" by Fábio Fernandes
"Shadow" by Tade Thompson
"Shibuya no Love" by Hannu Rajaniemi
"Maquech" by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
"The Glory of the World" by Sergey Gerasimov
"The New Neighbours" by Tim Jones
"From the Lost Diary of TreeFrog7" by Nnedi Okorafor
"The Slows" by Gail Hareven (translated by Yaacov Jeffrey Green) "Zombie Lenin" by Ekaterina Sedia
"Electric Sonalika" by Samit Basu
"The Malady" by Andrzej Sapkowski (translated by Wiesiek Powaga)
"A Life Made Possible Behind The Barricades" by Jacques Barcia
ISBN: 978-1-937009-04-5 (Early Edition version), 978-1-937009-05-2 (Regular Trade Edition)
"Santa Adela" by Raúl Cruz
"These stories deserve to be heard!"
"Not surprisingly, then,The Apex Book of World SF 2
is an easy recommendation for any SF fan. It's a good read, and, for those of us who need encouragement to experience fiction from beyond our usual realm of experience, it's an opportunity to be exposed to new voices and worlds that we might not otherwise see. Lavie Tidhar's project is very important to the future of not only international authors, but the entire SF community. I have no doubt that everyone who reads this anthology will have a different response to it, but we can all only benefit from being exposed to the kind of diversity this anthology embodies."
, Ben Godby
"From Hungary comes Csilla Kleinheincz's story of a woman's attempts to change her father's prophetic pronouncements ('A Single Year'), while Zimbabwe's Ivor W. Hartmann tells a bittersweet coming-of-age story set in a dystopic future ('Mr. Goop'). This second volume of international sf, fantasy, and horror includes stories from the Philippines, Cuba, New Zealand, India,
and Poland, some of which are published in English for the first time. Authors include Finland's Hannue Rajaniemi ('Shiboyu no Love'), Russia's Ekaterina Sedia ('Zombie Lenin'), Peru's Daniel Salvo ('The First Peruvian in Space'), and Nigeria's Tade Thompson ('Shadow').VERDICT Like its predecessor, this anthology serves as a solid introduction to many authors unfamiliar to American readers, as well as a top-notch showcase for the genre."
, Vol. 137 No. 12, Jackie Cassada
"Apex’s second international anthology hits the right chord for readers looking for mostly non-Western perspectives on science fiction and the world at large. Some stories are original to this anthology; others appear in their first English translation. Cultural roots may not always be obvious, but they run deep in most of the stories, and all illuminate traditional storytelling and new ideas. In Ivor W. Hartmann’s "Mr. Goop," young Tamuka comes to realize the worth of an embarrassing Geneform servant in a post–climate change world. The title characters of Shweta Narayan’s "Nira and I" find freedom through a mist they believe comes from a beloved honor-murdered family member. Nnedi Okorafor’s "From the Lost Diary of TreeFrog7" chronicles the hunt for an ancient master CPU on a world of organic technology. Each story pushes past established boundaries, bringing readers experiences that are unique and familiar all at once."
, October, 2012 (Starred Review
"The Apex Book of World SF 2
[is] a major success and important chapter in the development of the genre towards a more inclusive, broad-minded and—consequently—an intellectually richer state of being."
—Nerds of a Feather
About the Editor
Lavie Tidhar is the author of the linked-story collection HebrewPunk, novellas An Occupation of Angels, Cloud Permutations, and Gorel & the Pot-Bellied God. With Nir Yaniv, he co-authored the short novel The Tel Aviv Dossier. Angry Robot has released the first two books of his mass-market paperback Bookman series, which is set an alt-history steampunk world. Lavie has also edited the anthologies A Dick & Jane Primer for Adults and The Apex Book of World SF. He's lived on three continents and one island-nation, and he currently lives in Britain. He maintains a web presence at www.lavietidhar.co.uk.