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World SF Books in English 2010

Hopefully complementary to Jeff VanderMeer’s An Overview of International Science Fiction and Fantasy, 2010, here’s a round-up of books (in English) that were published last year that you might want to check out. And since we’re not omniscient (well, I’m not, I don’t know about Lavie…), feel free to include your recommendations in the comments. I also like to add that on a certain level, I find “categorizing” the books and authors by country (or a continent in Okorafor’s case) problematic (and some identify with more than one culture), but hopefully it’s a start.

Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor (DAW)

see 2011 Ditmar eligibility list.

Golden Age by Michal Ajvaz (Dalkey Archive Press)

Tamil Pulp Fiction Vol. II selected and translated by Pritham Chakravarthy (Blaft Publications)
Distances by Vandana Singh (Aqueduct Press)
Of Love and Other Monsters by Vandana Singh (Aqueduct Press)

The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi (Gollancz)

A Life on Paper: Stories A Life on Paper: Stories by Georges-Olivier Châteaureynaud (Small Beer Press)
Servant of the Underworld by Aliette de Bodard (Angry Robot Books)

The Ouroboros Wave by Jyouji Hayashi (Haikasoru)
Harmony by Project Itoh (Haikasoru)
Yukikaze by Chohei Kambayashi (Haikasoru)
Loups-Garous by Natsuhiko Kyogoku (Haikasoru)
Rocket Girls by Housuke Nojiri (Haikasoru)
The Next Continent by Issui Ogawa (Haikasoru)
Dragon Sword and Wind Child by Noriko Ogiwara (Haikasoru)
Summer, Fireworks, and My Corpse by Otsuichi (Haikasoru)
Slum Online by Hiroshi Sakurazaka (Haikasoru)
The Stories of Ibis by Hiroshi Yamamoto (Haikasoru)

The Philippine Graphic/Fiction Awards Awards: Prose Anthology (Fully Booked)
Philippine Speculative Fiction V edited by Nikki Alfar & Vincent Michael Simbulan (Kestrel IMC)
News of the Shaman by Karl R. De Mesa (Visprint)

Twilight Forever Rising by Lena Meydan (Tor)
Shadow Prowler by Alexey Pehov (Tor)

Escher’s Loops by Zoran Živković (PS Publishing)

South Africa
Zoo City by Lauren Beukes (Angry Robot Books)

On the magazine front, Expanded Horizons and InterNova must be given credit for regularly featuring diverse, international authors. I cannot stress the importance of that.

Having said that, here are some “special” issues which feature international writers:

World Literature Today: International Science Fiction guest edited by Christopher McKitterick
Innsmouth Free Press: Multiethnic Issue edited by Paula R. Stiles
Apex Magazine Special Arab/Muslim Issue edited by Catherynne M. Valente
Words Without Borders: Horror

There are also a few anthologies which featured various international writers to a certain degree:

Shine: An Anthology of Optimistic SF edited by Jetse de Vries (Solaris Books)
The Dragon and the Stars edited by Derwin Mak and Eric Choi (DAW)
The Beastly Bride: Tales of the Animal People edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling (Viking)
People of the Book: A Decade of Jewish Science Fiction and Fantasy edited by Rachel Swirsky and Sean Wallace (Prime Books)

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After Hours: Tales from Ur-Bar


Edited by Joshua Palmatier and Patricia Bray, this anthology of fantasy stories has a fun concept that acts as a connective thread: all the stories take place, at least partly, in a bar. The same bar. And not just any bar—the Ur-Bar, run by Gilgamesh himself, historical king of Uruk and hero of Mesopotamian mythology. The stories begin in ancient history, when Gilgamesh takes over management of the bar, and move through time. They’re all set on Earth, though the introduction admits it could be an “alternate Earth,” but due to the bar’s magical, time-traveling nature, the anthology becomes a trip through the world’s civilizations and mythologies.

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Electric Velocipede, Issue 21/22, Fall 2010


Electric Velocipede is a print magazine that started as a ‘zine in 2001. This issue will be the last published by Night Shade Books, according to a post on EV’s site by editor John Klima, as the magazine moves online. This issue contains fiction, poetry, an interview, and a book excerpt, with a total length of 218 pages. According to the submission guidelines they don’t publish horror, though some of the stories are quite dark. The magazine’s taste seems to run in the vein of LCRW, very comfortable with weird, and strongly preferential of shorter stories. In this issue there is a mix of what I’d call “literary weird” and sf and fantasy stories.

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