It occurs to me a list of Western writers setting novels in non-Western settings might be useful, for several reasons. Not sure anything like that is available online, so I wondered if some of our readers might make suggestions. Please use the comments below! It would also be interesting to note if the main protagonists are outsiders or from within the depicted culture, or any other data points you can think of. It would also be interesting to note dates of publication and see how it fits in a historical context – most of these titles are fairly recent? Not read most of the books on this list, apart from the McHugh, the Ryman and the Williams, all of which I enjoyed.
I’ll kick it off with the few I can think of off-hand:
- River of Gods, Ian McDonald (India)
- Brasyl, Ian McDonald (Brazil)
- Chaga and Kirinya, Ian McDonald (Kenya)
- China Mountain Zhang, Maureen McHugh (China)
- The Wind-Up Girl,Paolo Bacigalupi (Thailand)
- Bengal Station, Eric Brown (India/Thailand)
- Air, Geoff Ryman (Kazakhstan)
- Nine Layers of Sky, Liz Williams (Kazakhstan)
- Kirinyaga, Mike Resnick (Kenya)
- Kalimantan, Lucius Shepard (Borneo – Indonesia)
What writers/locations are missing? Comments below would be appreciated, and I’ll post an updated list once we get enough material.
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