Interview with Vietnamese SF writer Vu Kim Dung

Last year, Vietnamese SF writers have banded together to form the Viet Nam Fund of Science Fiction, or VFSF. The Vietnam News carries a fascinating interview with head of the VFSF, biologist and SF writer Vu Kim Dung.You graduated with a degree in biology; how did you become a writer and why did you choose science fiction?I was... Continue Reading →

Russian vampire series to be published in US

SFScope report that Russian writer Lena Meydan sold Twilight Forever Rising to Stacy Hague-Hill at Tor Books.Quoting from SFScope:Meydan's agent told SFScope the book is "the first work in a series of Vampire novels. It is already a major Russian bestseller with over 80,000 copies sold to date in hardcover. Twilight Forever Rising is what happens when... Continue Reading →

Magical Realism in West African Fiction

Some of the most interesting books relating to world SF are published by academic presses, and are often quite expensive. It is good to know, therefore, that Brenda Cooper's Magical Realism in West African Fiction is available in a reasonably-priced paperback edition from Routledge.About the book:This study contextualizes magical realism within current debates and theories... Continue Reading →

Kaaron Warren’s first novel, Slights, released

Apex Book of World SF contributor, Australian writer and Fiji resident, Kaaron Warren [blog][wikipedia] has recently signed a deal for three books with new HarperCollins imprint Angry Robot - and her first novel, Slights, is now out!Stephanie is a killer. After an accident in which her mother dies, she has a near-death experience, and finds herself... Continue Reading →

Emile Habibi’s The Secret Life of Saeed

io9 ran this short article a while ago, about Israel-Palestinian writer (and politician) Emile Habibi and his novel The Secret Life of Saeed: The Pessoptimist:Then came Habibi's masterwork, The Secret Life of Saeed: The Pessoptimist. Habibi's partly autobiographical novel about an Israeli Arab who finds himself in space is every bit the equal of The Little... Continue Reading →

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