The Apex Book of World SF Volume 5 Playlist: 18 songs to prepare you for preorders

By Suyi Davies
on July 11, 2018

The Apex Book of World SF Volume 5 Playlist: 18 songs to prepare you for preorders

I enjoy reading with musical accompaniment. I do this more with books, but a list of short fiction provides even more excitement, because I get to pick a song per story. What happens is that I end up enjoying each work as an experience of words and waves, of sound and story. So when I learnt the Apex Book of World SF Volume 5 was forthcoming (and currently open to preorders at an AUTOMATIC 25% OFF print and ebook if you click this link now), I took a peek into the TOC Jason spoke to Cristina (this volume's co-editor) about creating a playlist in anticipation.

Today, I'm sharing Cristina's playlist with you all. It means that when you get your copy of ABWSF5, not only do you get to dive head-first into this fresh, diverse collection, you get to experience it as a kaleidoscope of sound and story.

25% off on preorders with "WSF5" and story soundtracks? Hell yeah!

EVEN MORE FREEBIES: You can also get the chance to read the complete collection as a FREE ebook in exchange for an honest review by joining the Apex Minions Read & Review program.

The Apex Book of World SF Vol. 5 Playlist by Cris Jurado

(Also available as a YouTube playlist).

  1. "Despair, Hangover & Ecstasy" by The  for “A Series of Steaks” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad (Singapore) The Dø - Despair, Hangover & Ecstasy
  2. "Ava Adore" by The Smashing Pumpkins for “Accursed Lineage” by Daína Chaviano (Cuba, translated by Matthew D. Goodwin)
  3. "Ain't got no, I got life" by Nina Simone for “Nkásht íí” by Darcie Little Badger (Lipan/Apache, First Nations)
  4. "Je pars mais je t'aime" by Mennel for “Ghostalker” by T.L. Huchu (Zimbabwe)
  5. "All is full of love" by Bjork for “Violation of the TrueNet Security Act” by Taiyo Fujii (Japan, translated by Jim Hubbert)
  6. "Dirty computer" by Janelle Monáe for  “Ambiguity Machines: An Examination” by Vandana Singh (India)
  7. "Skandar Maalouf" by Mashrou' Leila for “Scenes from the life of an autocrat” by Basma Abdel Aziz (Egypt, translated by Elisabeth Jaquette)
  8. Ghost by Plastic Tree for “Our Dead World” by Liliana Colanzi (Bolivia, translated by Jessica Sequeira)  
  9. "Voodoo in my blood" by Massive Attack for for “An Evolutionary Myth” by Bo-Young Kim (Korea, translated by Jihyun Park & Gord Sellar)
  10. "Palabra mi amor" by Shaka Ponk for “You will see the moon rise” by Israel Alonso (Spain, translated by Steve Redwood)
  11. "Don't be so shy" by Imany for “The Barrette Girls” by Sara Saab (Lebanon)
  12. "Gimme the power" by Molotov for “The Calculations of Artificials” by Chi Hui (China, translated by John Chu)
  13. "Kif'n'dir" by Zaho for “El Cóndor del Machángara” by Ana Hurtado (Venezuela)
  14. "Bliss" by Muse for “Alone, on the Wind” by Karla Schmidt (Germany, translated by Lara M. Harmon)
  15. "Come" by Jain for “The Seventh” by Eliza Victoria (Philippines)
  16. "This is America" by Childish Gambino for “Screamers” by Tochi Onyebuchi (Nigeria)
  17. "River" by Ibeyi for “The Bois” by R.S.A. Garcia (Trinidad & Tobago)
  18. "Game of Survival" by Ruelle for “Ugo” by Giovanni De Feo (Italy)

    Preorder the Apex Book of World SF Volume 5 now. 25% off print and eBook. Discount code is "WSF5" at checkout.

    Announcing: Nexhuman Preorders Now Open!

    By Suyi Davies
    on June 13, 2018

    Announcing: Nexhuman Preorders Now Open!

    Apex is thrilled to announce that preorders for Nexhuman by Francesco Verso are now open! Described as "Frankenstein meets classic cyberpunk", the award-winning author of Italian science fiction brings us a dystopian novel fit for lovers of posthumanism, cybernetics and ecology.

    Preorder Nexhuman now and use the checkout discount code "ALBA" to receive 20% off your preorder (trade and digital). Hot Tip: Preorder either edition directly through Apex and receive the digital advance reader's copy for free in your inbox within moments!

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    Preorder CRY YOUR WAY HOME today!

    By Lesley Conner
    on October 10, 2017

    Preorders for Cry Your Way Home by Damien Angelica Walters are now open!

    Coming this January, Apex is thrilled to be publishing a second collection of short fiction written by Damien Angelica Walters. Sing Me Your Scars is stunning debut collection that Apex published in 2015. When the idea of doing second collection arose, we jumped at the chance, knowing it would be another outstanding book filled with dark stories sure to pull readers heartstrings. Damien did not disappoint!

    Preorder Cry Your Way Home today!

    Preorders are open for both the print and eBook edition directly through Apex and through Amazon. Additional eBook sellers will be available very soon!

    If you order the print edition directly through Apex, you will receive the eARC within moments! Plus, for only a few dollars more, you can get your very own SIGNED copy of Cry Your Way Home!


    "Once upon a time there was a monster. This is how they tell you the story starts. This is a lie."

    Sometimes things are not what they appear to be. DNA doesn't define us, gravity doesn't hold us, a home doesn't mean we belong. From circus tents to space stations, Damien Angelica Walters creates stories that are both achingly familiar and chillingly surreal. Within her second short story collection, she questions who the real monsters are, rips families apart and stitches them back together, and turns a cell phone into the sharpest of weapons.

    Cry Your Way Home brings together seventeen stories that delve deep into human sorrow and loss, weaving pain, fear, and resilience into beautiful tales that are sure to haunt you long after you turn the last page.

    "Once upon a time there was a girl ..."

    Featuring the following works:
    "Tooth, Tongue, and Claw"
    "Deep Within the Marrow, Hidden in My Smile"
    "On the Other Side of the Door, Everything Changes"
    "This Is the Way I Die"
    "The Hands That Hold, the Lies That Bind"
    "Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys: The Elephant's Tale"
    "The Judas Child"
    "S Is for Soliloquy"
    "The Floating Girls: A Documentary"
    "Take a Walk in the Night, My Love"
    "Falling Under, Through the Dark"
    "The Serial Killer's Astronaut Daughter"
    "A Lie You Give, and Thus I Take"
    "Little Girl Blue, Come Cry Your Way Home"
    "Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice"
    "In the Spaces Where You Once Lived"

    Preorders for Throne of the Bastards are open!

    By Lesley Conner
    on July 17, 2017

    Preorders for Throne of the Bastards are open now!

    Sword and sorcery collides with horror once again in this sequel to Brian Keene and Steven L. Shrewsbury’s award-winning King of the Bastards.

    You can order your copy before the August 22nd release and save $2 off the cover price (Use discount code BASTARDS2 at checkout)! Or pick up a Throne of the Bastards/King of the Bastards combo and save even more!

    Preorder your copy of Throne of the Bastards today!

    Learning that his family are in danger, Rogan returns to his former kingdom, now under siege from foreign invaders and supernatural forces led by his bastard son. With time running out, the aging barbarian and his trusted companions, Javan and Akibeel, must forge an alliance of new friends and old foes, mustering an army to retake the kingdom. Surrounded by savages, soldiers, demons, and dark magic, it will take all of their cunning, skill, ruthlessness, and courage to survive the slaughter and determine once and for all who shall sit upon the Throne of the Bastards.

    Preorder Kentucky Kaiju today!

    By Lesley Conner
    on September 14, 2016

    Apex Publications has joined forces with Justin Stewart, Tressina Bowling, and Shawn Pryor to bring you a book unlike anything we have done before.

    Coming this October, Kentucky Kaiju!

    Kentucky Kaiju is part art book, part monster manual; combining the two to create the ultimate field guide to the kaiju of the bluegrass state. From 29 foot beavers roaming the forests of Black Gold, KY, to thunderous trees walking Thousandsticks, to a gigantic robot that fell from another galaxy to Future City, KY, this book has it all. Though photographic evidence of kaiju is rare, each one presented in this guide has been artistically rendered by Justin Stewart and Tressina Bowling, with descriptions of their creation, location, and proclivity to violence penned by Shawn Pryor.

    Kentucky Kaiju lets you travel deep into the hills of Kentucky and uncover all of its monsters without ever leaving the safety of your home.

    Whether you’re a diehard Apex fan, love monster manuals that fill your imagination with new kaiju, or enjoy stellar artwork, this is a book you will want on your bookshelf. Lucky for you, you can preorder your copy now and get in on an amazing deal!

    Retailing at $14.95, preorder your copy of Kentucky Kaiju for only $11.95! Plus, free domestic shipping.

    As if that weren’t enough, we’re also including is a snazzy limited edition postcard featuring an original kaiju by Chloe Teets that is not featured in the book!

    Blazenfoal says you should preorder your copy of Kentucky Kaiju today!

    Two new reviews! Two new preorders!

    By Lesley Conner
    on April 08, 2016

    Book reviews are beautiful things. Getting two reviews from Publishers Weekly on Apex’s upcoming releases is amazing!

    This morning I came across Publishers Weekly’s reviews for Freeze/Thaw by Chris Bucholz and The Kraken Sea by E. Catherine Tobler. Since the word is getting out about these wonderful books, we decided the time was right to open preorders and give you a chance to snag both books at fantastic prices!

    Freeze/Thaw by Chris Bucholz will be out in May. This is second novel by Bucholz that Apex has had the pleasure to publish and we are extremely excited to share this new sci-fi adventure with you! Want to know more? Check out Publishers Weekly’s review.

    About Freeze/Thaw:

    The Shade, a set of micro-satellites designed to stop global warming, worked.

    A little too well.

    The Earth is icing over and no one knows how to shut the Shade off. Every attempt in the last thirty years has failed and humanity is nearly out of options to regain a world that isn’t covered in snow. Gabe Alfil may be the only person alive with enough expertise in quantum computing to solve the problem, but a hiking accident a decade earlier has left him paralyzed. In a world where most people scavenge the wreckage left in the Shade’s shadow to survive, there aren’t many resources for those who can’t go out and take them. But there is a solution to Gabe’s problem, if he’s willing to work with the military. Strapped into an exoskeleton, Gabe will travel with a military patrol to a lost computing facility where the off-switch for the Shade may lay. But a group of eco-terrorists has other plans. Between chases across the frozen landscape, kidnapping attempts, and computer hijacking, Gabe quickly realizes that not everyone wants to save the world. Can anybody be trusted?

    Sound good? It is! And if you preorder, it can be yours for 40% off the cover price! That makes Freeze/Thaw only $9.57!

    *turns on infomercial voice*

    But wait! We have more! From now until Freeze/Thaw is released on May 17th, you can get both of Chris Bucholz’s novels for only $20! That’s two sci-fi adventures – Severance and Freeze/Thaw – for only $10 each!

    Order now!

    *turns off infomercial voice*

    I’ve always wanted to do that, but seriously if you haven’t picked up a copy of Severance yet, this is chance to get two great books at one low price.

    If Publisher’s Weekly’s review of Freeze/Thaw wasn’t enough to put a smile on every face in the Apex office this morning, pairing it with a starred review of The Kraken Sea by E. Catherine Tobler definitely was.

    That’s right, I said starred review! You can read the review here.

    The Kraken Sea by E. Catherine Tobler is coming out June 21st. Mixing history and dark fantasy, this novella is set in Tobler’s traveling circus universe, telling the story of Jackson, the circus’s founder.

    About The Kraken Sea:

    Fifteen year old Jackson is different from the other children at the foundling hospital. Scales sometimes cover his arms. Tentacles coil just below his skin. Despite this Jackson tries to fit in with the other children. He tries to be normal for Sister Jerome Grace and the priests. But when a woman asks for a boy like him, all that changes. His name is pinned to his jacket and an orphan train whisks him across the country to Macquarie’s.

    At Macquarie’s, Jackson finds a home unlike any he could have imagined. The bronze lions outside the doors eat whomever they deem unfit to enter, the hallways and rooms shift and change at will, and Cressida – the woman who adopted him – assures him he no longer has to hide what he is. But new freedoms hide dark secrets. There are territories, allegiances, and a kraken in the basement that eats shadows.

    As Jackson learns more about the new world he’s living in and about who he is, he has to decide who he will stand with: Cressida, the woman who gave him a home and a purpose, or Mae, the black-eyed lion tamer with a past as enigmatic as his own. The Kraken Sea is a fast paced adventure full of mystery, Fates, and writhing tentacles just below the surface, and in the middle of it all is a boy searching for himself.

    You can grab The Kraken Sea for 40% off the cover price during preorders, making it only $7.17! That is an incredible deal on an incredible book you are not going to want to miss!

    Preorders for both Freeze/Thaw and The Kraken Sea are open now! Order both today and slip into the wonderful worlds brought to you by Apex!


    Preorder first communions by Geoffrey Girard and save 40%!

    By Lesley Conner
    on February 25, 2016

    Geoffrey Girard's debut collection, first communions, is coming April 12th, but preorders are open now! And if you preorder, not only will you be among the first to discover how amazing this collection is, but you will also save 40% off the cover price. That brings the total down to less than $10!

    No discount code.

    No secret handshake.

    Just preorder and save!

    Geoffrey Girard first appeared in Writers of the Future and has since written and sold more than sixty short stories of dark fantasy, science fiction, and horror. Collected here, for the first time, are sixteen of his best, and darkest, tales.

    The man who collects chips of bone from his willing victims A legendary evil is adopted by a small, and thankful, village The doomed girl invited to take part in a deliberate tragedy A horrific church choir assembled after the zombie apocalypse The boy who harvests spiders for a shadowy woman of magic A fearsome town where the children’s nightmares are all real The pain, price and beauty of blood and first loves

    From the curse of ancient evils to futuristic retirement homes where the dead still rule, haunted graveyards, planets of torture where all are equal, hockey-playing demon hunters, dark sorcerers battling in Algeria, and even voodoo-cursed pirates. Explore the darkest, and most majestic, extremes of us all in sixteen unique tales that will entertain, horrify and keep you thinking long after the last page is turned.

    Let the communion begin…

    Preorder first communions today and save 40%.

    Preorder GLITCH RAIN by Alex Livingston

    By Lesley Conner
    on January 14, 2016
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    Drones. Hackers. International cybercrime. Glitch Rain by Alex Livingston is a cyberpunk thriller that you won't want to miss! And you don't have to! Order your copy today!

    Preorders are open now!

    Glitch Rain is slated to be released February 23rd, 2016.

    Preorder your copy of Glitch Rain and receive FREE domestic shipping and a FREE copy of the eBook, which will be sent out as soon as it available.


    Akuba is a low-level hacker for the city's wealthy, making just enough to keep her bills paid and her booze flowing. Her job is to scrub the social feeds for faces who don't want to be seen, hanging out at parties to guard the elite from errant social media statuses and incriminating photo posts. Not the most glamorous job, but she’s getting by. When an old debt comes due early, suddenly she is the one who needs to keep her face out of the drones' omnipresent eyes. Thrown into the high-stakes world of international cybercrime, Akuba will have to have to outmaneuver unlimited surveillance, high-tech con artists, and an international hacker kingpin if she wants to survive. Every identity has a price in Glitch Rain.

    Includes an extensive interview with author Alex Livingston.

    About the author:

    Alex Livingston grew up in various quiet New England towns before moving to Buffalo, NY to study English at Canisius College. His fiction has appeared in Daily Science Fiction, Bastion, Quantum Fairy Tales, Goldfish Grimm's Spicy Fiction Sushi, and other venues. He lives in an old house with his brilliant wife and a pile of aged videogame systems. Visit him online at

    Cover art by Matt Davis.

    Preorder Glitch Rain today!

    The Apex Book of World SF 4: Author Spotlight - Saad Z. Hossain

    By Lesley Conner
    on August 25, 2015

    The Apex Book of World SF 4 edited by Mahvesh Murad is coming in late August - the eBook is available on Amazon NOW! Between now and then, we would like to feature some of the contributors in the anthology.

    Saad Z Hossain lives in Dhaka, Bangladesh. His debut novel, Escape from Baghdad! was published in the US in 2015.

    Preorder The Apex Book of World SF 4.

    Preorder all four anthologies in The Apex Book of World SF series with their brand new covers.

    Tell us a little about your story in The Apex Book of World SF 4.

    I'm writing a novel on djinns, so I've been warming up the world building by doing some short stories. I've been trying to get away from the traditional mythology of djinns by fleshing out their culture, their lore, their politics. When you think about how radically the human world has changed over the past seven thousand years, it's ridiculous to think that djinns would remain the same as folklore.

     Why do you feel it is important to read stories from around the globe?

    It's remarkable how different cultures treat sci fi. I recently read some sci fi from Cuba, A Planet for Rent by the great Yoss. The main difference I found compared to Western sci fi was the pessimism around alien contact. This makes sense, given the massive destruction of native populations by European colonialism. As a reader I'm always looking for some twist of perspective that lifts a story out of regular 'genre fiction'. The best chance of finding gems is to range far and wide. Also many people around the world are now writing in English, one of the effects of globalization I suppose, and thus a lot of new stories are available to us.

     If you could tell people to read one author from your home country, who would it be and why?

    I could tell you ten great authors who write in English, and hundreds of heavyweights who write in Bangla. Our literary tradition stretches back centuries, but most of it is inaccessible to English speakers. If we focus on the new wave of Bangladeshis writing in English, there are a couple of great new publishers called Bengal Lights and Bengal Publications, who are putting out original work. If we count the diaspora, then I would start with Tahmima Anam, who wrote A Golden Age and The Good Muslim.

    Preorder your copy of The Apex Book of World SF 4 today!

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    The Apex Book of World SF 4: Author Spotlight - Elana Gomel

    By Lesley Conner
    on August 24, 2015

    The Apex Book of World SF 4 edited by Mahvesh Murad is coming in late August. Between now and then, we would like to feature some of the contributors in the anthology.

    Elana Gomel lives in Tel Aviv and is the author of six academic books, and multiple fantasy stories that have appeared in New Horizons, People of the Book, and elsewhere. Her fantasy novel, A Tale of Three Cities, was published in 2013.

    Preorder The Apex Book of World SF 4.

    Preorder all four anthologies in The Apex Book of World SF series with their brand new covers.

    Tell us a little about your story in The Apex Book of World SF 4.

    The story is called "The Farm" and it originates in my family history: one of my grandfathers was killed trying to force Ukrainian villagers to join a collective farm. I am fascinated with utopian dreams mutating into dystopian nightmares. This story is one attempt to understand how and why this happens.

    Why do you feel it is important to read stories from around the globe?

    We are one planet and we are all connected. I was born in a country that no longer exists (USSR) and have lived in Israel, California, China, Italy, and other places. There are more and more people like me (I actually wrote a book about my experience and got responses from many people who share it). Even if you never leave the country of your birth, you cannot understand the world today by limiting yourself to one culture.    

    If you could tell people to read one author from your home country, who would it be and why?

    There are many interesting Israeli writers but science fiction is not a very popular genre - perhaps because reality in the Middle East is so fantastic. David Grossman is an iconic figure and a good introduction to the secular Israeli culture.

    Preorder your copy of The Apex Book of World SF 4 today!

    Read our other The Apex Book of World SF 4 author spotlights

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