Reading stories beyond those written in the US and UK is something that we here at Apex have long felt is incredibly important. The world is a vast, ever-changing place, and different cultures and experiences can create magical stories that deserve to be written and to be read. They can build understanding, friendship, and a realization that there is more out there than what you can immediately see before you.

It is with this in mind that we began The Apex Book of World SF series. Back in 2009 we published the first volume of The Apex Book of World SF edited by Lavie Tidhar. Lavie went on to edited two additional volumes. In 2015 a fourth volume was published with Mahvesh Murad in the editor position and Lavie steering as series editor.

Yesterday Jason Sizemore officially announced that The Apex Book of World SF will be back with a fifth volume! This time Cristina Jurado will take the editor position, working with Lavie to bring you another fantastic collection of stories that explore the wonderful world of speculative fiction. Cristina guest edited a special world-SF themed issue of Apex Magazine (issue 76) back in 2015. She is the editor of SuperSonic, a magazine of Spanish speculative fiction, and Apex Magazine's international fiction editor. We are extremely excited to be working with her on this new anthology.

The Apex Book of World SF 5 is slated to be released in 2018. While you wait, be sure to check out the first four volumes of the series.