China’s 2009 Sky Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to Apex Book of World SF contributor, Han Song, for winning the best short story award! 2009 SKY AWARD WINNERS (via Feng Zhang and sfawardwatch.com): Best Fiction Long Form in 2009: Once upon a Time in Shanghai, JIANG Nan (Volumes Publishing Company) Best Fiction Short Form in 2009: “Dark Room”, HAN Song (New Realms... Continue Reading →

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Original Fiction: The Basics of Flight, Part 2, Chapter 3, by Joyce Chng

The Basics of Flight by Joyce Chng PART TWO: FLIGHT Chapter Three: Dynamics It was going to be Her Majesty’s Aerial Fleet, a proud assembly of her finest fins and other aerodynamic marvels. It was going to be a great display of Britannia’s ingenuity and talent – and Paul Forrester mused as he scrutinized the... Continue Reading →

HAIKASORU WEEK: Charles Tan reviews The Next Continent, by Issui Ogawa

The Next Continent by Issui Ogawa, reviewed by Charles Tan There is a sub-genre of science fiction in which the conflict revolves around overcoming a technological limitation, such as building a space station or finding the solution to an unsolvable math problem. While it’s not as action-packed as, say, space opera, if done right, the... Continue Reading →

HAIKASORU WEEK: Charles Tan reviews Loups-Garous by Natsukiko Kyogoku

Loups-Garous by Natsukiko Kyogoku, reviewed by Charles Tan. It’s interesting how Haikasoru is positioning itself as a brand. I can easily see many conventional marketers baffled at Haikasoru’s strategy, especially considering how they’re loose with their genres when it comes to the books they publish. Last year, for example, they released Zoo which is more... Continue Reading →

HAIKASORU WEEK: Charles Tan reviews Slum Online by Hiroshi Sakurazaka

Slum Online, by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, reviewed by Charles Tan. For the past few weeks, I’ve been indulging my video game addiction (Starcraft II and DotA for those who care curious) so reading Slum Online felt appropriate. In a certain way, this is one of Haikasoru’s most accessible novels, not only because of its brevity (even considering the bonus story at... Continue Reading →

Haikasoru Week

For the rest of this week we're going to focus on books by Haikasoru, the English-language imprint of Japanese SF published by Viz and edited by Nick Mamatas. Charles Tan reviews Slum Online, Loups-Garous and The Next Continent. [note that these reviews first appeared on Charles' own blog, however we thought they were so good... Continue Reading →

Original Fiction: The Basics of Flight, Part 2, Chapter 2, by Joyce Chng

The Basics of Flight by Joyce Chng PART TWO: FLIGHT Chapter Two: Hardening the Wings The news of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee came via telegraph code and was received with great excitement. Her Majesty had invited delegates from all the nations of the Known World to participate in the celebrations. Britannia would have its own... Continue Reading →

Monday Original Content: World Cup Feelings – Really Global Ones, by Fábio Fernandes

World Cup Feelings – Really Global Ones By Fábio Fernandes By the time you read this, it’s quite probable that the World Cup has already come to an end. Brazil, alas, is already out of the game, but that happens. What’s really important is that the FIFA World Cup has managed to do something extraordinary,... Continue Reading →

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