A new and very in-depth article on Chinese SF - Hesitant Journey to the West: SF’s Changing Fortunes in Mainland China, by Mikael Huss – is now available online at the Sina Blog. Well worth checking out and, of course, we’ll be posting more on Chinese SF.
Two Chinese writers contribute to the Apex Book of World SF: Han Song (mentioned in the above article) and Yang Ping, one with a mix of Buddhism, fantasy and hard science fiction in "The Wheel of Samsara", the other with a great detective/cyberpunk story, "Wizard World" about virtual reality and how it contrasts with reality itself.
Something Wicked is the first South African magazine devoted to "horror and science fiction", and has recently reached its ninth issue. It is available in both print and PDF formats, and showcases short fiction from South African writers (it also publishes some overseas writers). Several of the issues have been reviewed online over at The Fix, which is worth checking out, but the best way to find out about the magazine is just to try out a copy.
South African science fiction writer Nick Wood is the author of one YA novel published in SA, The Stone Chameleon, and several short stories, of which you can read his "African Shadows" over at Infinity Plus. Nick has also been writing a series of articles about African and South African speculative fiction, which I highly recommend reading – the link includes articles by him and others, including Gail Jamieson of the South African Science Fiction Association (the SFSA).
So a lot to look at in there, and a good starting point, I think – we’ll have more about South African speculative fiction in the next posts.
And here is a brief overview of Danish Science Fiction Between 2004 and 2007, by Janus Andersen, courtesy of that excellent web site, Concatenation.
Issue 10 of Shimmer Magazine is now available for download as a free PDF, and contains stories from (World SF anthology contributor) Nir Yaniv, Indian-born writer Shweta Narayan and Mexican writer Silvia Moreno-Garcia (plus many other fine writers).
Check it out.
The Apex Book of World SF is now available for pre-orders! All pre-orders come with free shipping in the United States.
Please consider supporting this project by pre-ordering a copy, blogging about the anthology or this blog itself – or both! Here’s the full table of contents again:
S.P. Somtow(Thailand)–"The Bird Catcher"
Jetse de Vries(Netherlands)–"Transcendence Express"
Guy Hasson (Israel)–"The Levantine Experiments"
Han Song (China)–"The Wheel of Samsara"
Kaaron Warren (Australia/Fiji)–"Ghost Jail"
Yang Ping (China)–"Wizard World"
Dean Francis Alfar (Phillippines)–"L’Aquilone du Estrellas (The Kite of Stars)"
Nir Yaniv (Israel)–"Cinderers"
Jamil Nasir (Palenstine)–"The Allah Stairs"
Tunku Halim (Malaysia)–"Biggest Baddest Bomoh"
Aliette de Bodard (France)–"The Lost Xuyan Bride"
Kristin Mandigma (Phillippines)–"Excerpt from a Letter by a Social-realist Aswang"
Aleksandar Žiljak (Croatia)–"An Evening In The City Coffehouse, With Lydia On My Mind"
Anil Menon (India)–"Into the Night"
Mélanie Fazi (France, translated by Christopher Priest)–"Elegy"
Zoran Živković (Serbia, translated by Alice Copple-Tošić)–"Compartments"
Coming up on the blog: Malaysian comics, Malaysian horror, Latin American science fiction, science fiction and Islam, our first guest-blogger – offering an in-depth coverage of SF in Peru – and much more!
Rising star of genre fiction, not to mention contributor to The Apex Book of World SF (with a wonderful alternative history detective story) is nominated for the 2009 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Congratulations Aliette!
Charles Tan has a new essay up on his blog: Why I Promote Philippine Speculative Fiction:
"Let me clarify something though. It’s not just Philippine speculative fiction that needs to be championed. There’s a lot of other speculative fiction from other cultures out there, whether it’s China, Korea, India, Russia, Poland, or some other country which we haven’t heard of. I choose Philippine speculative fiction because it’s what resonates the most, me being a Filipino, and this is where I can do the most good." – Click to read the rest of the essay.
I’m off to Malaysia for a week, so there won’t be any updates in that time.
But in the meantime…
Checkout Dark City, the blog dedicated to an original anthology series of the same name. The anthology collects short Malaysian horror stories, most with a twist-in-the-tale, and edited by Xeus. There have been two volumes so far, with a third, I think, in the works.
The blog also contains reviews of the books and a couple of short interviews with two of the writers.
A good week for international sf, by the looks of things – not only the Jean-Claude Dunyach story over at Fantasy, but also Nira and I, by new writer Shweta Narayan, over at Strange Horizons.
From her website:
I’m a writer, academic, and cultural crazy-quilt; I was born in India and lived in Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands, and Scotland before moving to California. I grew up reading folk tales and fairy tales from all over the world, so my fictional landscape is rather mixed.
She also keeps a blog on Livejournal.