The Apex Book of World SF
, edited by Lavie Tidhar, features award-winning science fiction and fantasy short stories from Asia, Eastern Europe and around the world.
The world of speculative fiction is expansive; it covers more than one country, one continent, or one culture. Collected here are sixteen stories penned by authors from Thailand, the Philippines, China, Israel, Pakistan, Serbia, Croatia, Malaysia, and other countries across the globe. Each one tells a tale breathtakingly vast and varied, whether caught in the ghosts of the past or entangled in a postmodern age.
Among the spirits, technology, and deep recesses of the human mind, stories abound. Kites sail to the stars, technology transcends physics, and wheels cry out in the night. Memories come and go like fading echoes and a train carries its passengers through more than simple space and time. Dark and bright, beautiful and haunting, the stories herein represent speculative fiction from a sampling of the finest authors from around
Table of Contents
"The Bird Catcher" by S.P. Somtow (Thailand)
"Transcendence Express" by Jetse de Vries (Netherlands)
"The Levantine Experiments" by Guy Hasson (Israel)
"The Wheel of Samsara" by Han Song (China)
"Ghost Jail" by Kaaron Warren (Australia/Fiji)
"Wizard World" by Yang Ping (China)
"L'Aquilone du Estrellas (The Kite of Stars)" by Dean Francis Alfar (Philippines)
"Cinderers" by Nir Yaniv (Israel)
"The Allah Stairs" by Jamil Nasir (Palestine)
"Biggest Baddest Bomoh" by Tunku Halim (Malaysia)
"The Lost Xuyan Bride" by Aliette de Bodard (France)
"Excerpt from a Letter by a Social-realist Aswang" by Kristin Mandigma (Philippines)
"An Evening in the City Coffehouse, With Lydia on My Mind" by Aleksandar Žiljak (Croatia)
"Into the Night" by Anil Menon (India)
"Elegy" by Mélanie Fazi (France, translated by Christopher Priest)
"Compartments" by Zoran Živković (Serbia, translated by Alice Copple-Tošić)
by Randall McDonald
"These stories deserve to be heard!"
"From S.P. Somtow's World Fantasy Award-winning "The Bird Catcher," a restrained horror tale of a young boy’s friendship with Thailand’s most infamous human "monster," to "Wizard World," Galaxy Award winner Yang Ping’s story of high-tech gamers, this extraordinary anthology of 16 tales introduces English-speaking readers to some of the world’s best writers of sf, horror, fantasy, and metafiction. Contributors include Jamil Nasir (Palestine), Aleksandar Ziljak (Croatia), Guy Hasson (Israel), Kaaron Warren (Australia/Fiji), and Jetse de Vries (Netherlands). VERDICT This literary window into the international world of imaginative fiction, the first in a new series, is sure to appeal to adventurous sf fans and readers of fiction in translation."
"The great thing about Tidhar's collection is that it is full of such masterpieces. You do have to get used to having your mind warped as if by some powerful psychedelic. You'll definitely feel that way after Zoran Zivkovic and his Godot-like explorations. Or after Guy Hassan's thought experiment about the nature of mind and thought. But once you get used to the idea, you can settle in and enjoy the ride."
, Randy Lazarus
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.