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Table of Contents – We See a Different Frontier & Aliens: Recent Encounters

Here are two anthologies in 2013 which feature a diverse set of writers and topics.

First off, we have We See A Different Frontier edited by Ajibril al-Ayad and Fabio Fernandes:

  • Preface by Aliette de Bodard
  • Introduction by Fabio Fernandes
  • The Arrangement of Their Parts, Shweta Narayan
  • Pancho Villa’s Flying Circus, Ernest Hogan
  • Them Ships, Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • Old Domes, J.Y. Yang
  • A Bridge of Words, Dinesh Rao
  • The Gambiarra Effect, Fabio Fernandes
  • Droplet, Rahul Kanakia
  • Lotus, Joyce Chng
  • Dark Continents, Lavie Tidhar
  • A Heap of Broken Images, Sunny Moraine
  • Fleet, Sandra McDonald
  • Remembering Turinam, Nalin A. Ratnayake
  • Vector, Benjanun Sriduangkaew
  • I Stole the D.C.’s Eyeglass, Sofia Samatar
  • Forests of the Night, Gabriel Murray
  • What Really Happened in Ficandula, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz
  • Critical afterword by Ekaterina Sedia

Then there’s Aliens: Recent Encounters edited by Alex Dally McFarlane:

  • An Owomoyela – Frozen Voice
  • Ken Liu – The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species
  • Catherynne M. Valente – Golubash, or Wine-Blood-War-Elegy
  • Zen Cho – The Four Generations of Chang E
  • Vandana Singh – The Tetrahedon
  • Paul McAuley – The Man
  • Ursula K. Le Guin – Seasons of the Ansarac
  • Molly Gloss – Lambing Season
  • Desirina Boskovich – Celadon
  • Genevieve Valentine – Carthago Delenda Est
  • Caitlín R. Kiernan – I Am the Abyss and I Am the Light
  • Jamie Barras – The Beekeeper
  • Robert Reed – Noumenon
  • Elizabeth Bear – The Death of Terrestial Radio
  • Sofia Samatar – Honey Bear
  • Karin Lowachee – The Forgotten Ones
  • Jeremiah Tolbert – The Godfall’s Chemsong
  • Alastair Reynolds – For the Ages
  • Brooke Bolander – Sun Dogs
  • Nisi Shawl – Honorary Earthling
  • Samantha Henderson – Shallot
  • Sonya Taaffe – The Boy Who Learned How to Shudder
  • Eleanor Arnason – Knacksack Poems
  • Gitte Christensen – Nullipara
  • Indrapramit Das – muo-ka’s Child
  • Jeffrey Ford – The Dismantled Invention of Fate
  • Karin Tidbeck – Jagannath
  • Pervin Saket – Test of Fire
  • Nancy Kress – My Mother, Dancing
  • Greg van Eekhout – Native Aliens
  • Lavie Tidhar – Covenant
  • Yoon Ha Lee – A Vector Alphabet of Interstellar Travel

January 23, 2013 Posted by | January 2013 | | Comments Off

Introducing AfroSF: Science Fiction by African Writers anthology

Apex Book of World SF 2 contributor Ivor Hartmann has edited the first anthology of speculative fiction by African writers, AfroSF: Science Fiction by African Writers. It covers writers from both Africa and the African diaspora. It will be released in December 2012 in an ebook edition first and later a print edition, published by StoryTime. It also includes stories from Apex Book of World SF 2 contributors Tade Thompson and Nnedi Okorafor.

Table of Contents:
  • ‘Moom!’ Nnedi Okorafor
  • ‘Home Affairs’ Sarah Lotz
  • ‘Five Sets of Hands’ Cristy Zinn
  • ‘New Mzansi’ Ashley Jacobs
  • ‘Azania’ Nick Wood
  • ‘Notes from Gethsemane’ Tade Thompson
  • ‘Planet X’ Sally Partridge
  • ‘The Gift of Touch’ Chinelo Onwualu
  • ‘The Foreigner’ Uko Bendi Udo
  • ‘Angel Song’ Dave-Brendon Burgh
  • ‘The Rare Earth’ Biram Mboob
  • ‘Terms & Conditions Apply’ Sally-Ann Murray
  • ‘Heresy’ Mandisi Nkomo
  • ‘Closing Time’ Liam Kruger
  • ‘Masquerade Stories’ Chiagozie Fred Nwonwu
  • ‘The Trial’ Joan De La Haye
  • ‘Brandy City’ Mia Arderne
  • ‘Ofe!’ Rafeeat Aliyu
  • ‘Claws and Savages’ Martin Stokes
  • ‘To Gaze at the Sun’ Clifton Gachagua
  • ‘Proposition 23’ (Novelette) Efe Okogu

October 1, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 4 Comments

Introducing Lauriat: A Filipino-Chinese Speculative Fiction Anthology

Our own Charles A. Tan has been busy – not only is he nominated, for the second year running, for the World Fantasy Award (for his blog, Bibliophile Stalker) but US-based published Lethe Press have just released his new anthology, Lauriat: A Filipino-Chinese Speculative Fiction Anthology.

 

About the anthology:

Filipinos and Chinese have a rich, vibrant literature when it comes to speculative fiction. But what about the fiction of the Filipino-Chinese, who draw their roots from both cultures? This is what this anthology attempts to answer. Featuring stories that deal with voyeur ghosts, taboo lovers, a town that cannot sleep, the Chinese zodiac, and an exile that finally comes home, Lauriat: A Filipino-Chinese Speculative Fiction Anthology covers a diverse selection of narratives from fresh, Southeast Asian voices.

Stories by: Charles Tan, Andrew Drilon, Erin Chupeco, Kristine Ong Muslim, Isabel Yap, Christine V. Lao, Gabriela Lee, Paolo Chikiamco, Fidelis Tan, Marc Gregory Yu, Yvette Tan, Margaret Kawsek, Crystal Koo, Kenneth Yu, Douglas Candano

 

August 15, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Comments Off

Breaking the Bow: Speculative Fiction Inspired by the Ramayana

Anil Menon has announced the cover for the forthcoming Breaking the Bow: Speculative Fiction Inspired by the Ramayana, edited by Anil Menon and Vandana Singh. The anthology will be published by Zubaan Books in India. Here’s the cover, and the list of contributors!

Contributors:

Molshree Ambastha Kalyug Amended
Neelanjana Banerjee Exile
Priya Sarukkai Chabria Fragments from The Book of Beauty

Indrapramit Das Sita’s Descent
Rana Dasgupta The Billionaire’s Sleep
Abha Dawesar The Good King
Sucharita Dutta-Asane Sita to Vaidehi — Another Journey

Lavanya Karthik Day of the Deer
Tabish Khair Weak Heart
Swapna Kishore Regressions
Kuzhali Manickavel The Ramayana as an American Reality Television Show: Internet Activity Following the Mutilation of Surpanakha
Sharanya Manivannan (Tharini Manivannan) Petrichor

Mary Anne Mohanraj The Princess in the Forest

Shweta Narayan Falling into the Earth
Pratap Reddy Vaidehi and her Earth Mother
Julia A. Rosenthal The Mango Grove
Pervin Saket The Chance
Vandana Singh Oblivion: A Journey
K.Srilata Game of Asylum Seekers (Women)
Aishwarya Subramanian Making
Lavie Tidhar This, Other World
Tori Truslow Machanu Visits The Underworld
Deepak Unnikrishnan Sarama
Abirami Velliangiri Great Disobedience

April 11, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 7 Comments

New Singapore Speculative Fiction Anthology – Call for Submissions

FISH EATS LION: NEW SINGAPOREAN SPECULATIVE FICTION

Math Paper Press and editor Jason Erik Lundberg are looking for new and innovative short fiction for an original anthology of speculative fiction (which includes science fiction and fantasy, as well as any associated subgenres, such as magic realism, space opera, steampunk, post-apocalypse, etc.) with a Singaporean flavor.

Anchor contributors for this groundbreaking anthology include Cyril Wong, Isa Kamari, Alvin Pang, Dave Chua, Anders Brink, Jeffrey Lim, and Stephanie Ye.

In terms of what makes a “Singaporean” speculative short story, we’d like to see at least one of the following:

  • Your protagonist is Singaporean (i.e. born in Singapore)
  • Your protagonist (Singaporean or not) is living in Singapore at the time of your story (i.e. Singapore is the setting)
  • Your story’s themes are inspired by life in Singapore

As long as your narrative contains at least one of the above elements, you’re encouraged to write whatever story you choose. Please do not limit yourself to just writing about our current era; challenge yourself to write a story set in Singapore’s recent or distant past, or in the near or far future. The fantastical or science-fictional element must also be integral to your story (i.e. the story wouldn’t make any sense if you took it out). A good list of clichéd SF story premises to avoid can be found at online magazine Strange Horizons’ guidelines for “Stories We’ve Seen Too Often.”

We are hoping to have a print-on-demand version of the book available outside of Singapore in addition to the paperback being published here, so please consider that you are writing for an international audience. If the story is too all-inclusive, you risk alienating a reader unfamiliar with Singaporean culture. It’s a fine line to walk, with authenticity on one side and accessibility on the other, but it is quite possible to do both.

You need not be a Singaporean citizen or permanent resident to submit to this anthology, but you should have intimate, first-hand knowledge of life in Singapore; if your details ring false or shallow, we will be able to tell.

STORY LENGTH

Stories are recommended to be between 2,000 and 5,000 words; we may consider stories that go above the upper word limit provided that they’re not egregious in length. Also, the keyword here is “new.” Even if you have previously published fiction that might fit this theme, Math Paper Press wants to emphasize that these are new stories, not reprints. You don’t have to write a story especially for the anthology (although we hope you’ll take up that challenge), but your submission must be previously unpublished in any form.

PAYMENT

In terms of compensation, we are offering five (5) contributor copies of the published anthology, and a 40% author discount on further copies, as well as the pride of contributing to Singapore’s first anthology of original speculative fiction! In return, we’re buying First Worldwide Print rights to your story.

You may notice that we’re unable to offer monetary payment this time around. Sorry about that. We’re hoping that for future speculative fiction projects we’ll be able to pay in something other than copies, but right now, that’s all we have to offer (plus the author discount). So if we buy your piece, and if you’re hoping to sell your story to another venue afterward, it’ll count as a reprint, which means the pay rate will be less than it would have been if the venue was buying “first rights” to your story. If you understand this and are cool with it, we’d love to see your fiction.

SUBMISSION

The deadline for submissions is 30 April 2012. Please consult William Shunn’s article on Proper Manuscript Format. Send your story in RTF format as an attachment, along with cover letter, to jason@booksactually.com; submissions sent in other formats, or in the body of the email, will be deleted unread.

March 2, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | 2 Comments

New Singapore Steampunk Anthology!

We’ve been covering various steampunk anthologies from around the world, and the most recent one comes from Singapore: The Steampowered Globe: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy contains 7 original stories by Singaporean writers. it is edited by Maisarah Abu Samah and Rosemary Lin.  io9 reviews:

The Happy Smiley Writers Group is a group of seven writers located in Singapore. Through their Two Trees Pte. Ltd (http://twotrees.com.sg/books.html) micro-press they have published three science fiction anthologies since 2009. Their latest, The Steampowered Globe (ISBN 978‑981‑07‑0549‑7, SGD$18), is a steampunk anthology.

Part of the surprise comes from the collection’s very existence. Literary steampunk from Singapore? Obviously, there are a number of science fiction writers in Singapore and more generally in Southeast Asia, but nearly all of the steampunk short stories and novels published so far are from Western writers. I thought The Steampowered Globe would be an excellent opportunity to discover how Southeast Asian authors viewed steampunk and wrote it, and what the differences might be between steampunk written in the West, from descendants of the colonizers, and steampunk written in the East, from descendants of the colonized.

Maisarah Abu Samah, one of the two editors of Steampowered Globe, said that

the state of steampunk in Singapore is still budding…mostly people are exposed to it due to video games and books. Besides online influences, cosplay conventions are one way to spread what steampunk is for all the subculture fashions appear in them. For the writers in this anthology, some of them knew what steampunk was while others just read our explanation and references on what it was in our submission call page.

This raises the question: Why do a steampunk anthology? Add to that the fact that the guidelines for submissions to the anthology read, “No depressive ending, no preaching, no agendas, no angst-ridden misery.” Aub Samah said,

We placed that at the back of the book because depressive endings with angst‑ridden misery is prevalent here in local (Singapore) publishing. The bestsellers tend to be depressive woe is me cultural stories. It would have been okay if it wasn’t just that but there you go, we wanted an anthology that was a smack in the face to show that genre fiction exists besides literature texts. This anthology was to prove that yes, there are writers here who write science fiction, steampunk or genre fiction and that it is okay to write that. It is difficult to publish genre fiction here as people don’t think it is commercially viable or that no one wants to read them since they’re not assessment or text books.

What were the results? A 144 page, seven story anthology with a high rate of success—high by any standards, not just those of a writers group micro-press anthology. The fact that so many of the stories succeed is a tribute both to the Happy Smiley Writers Group and to editors Abu Samah and Rosemary Lim. – continue reading or buy a Kindle edition of the book!

February 29, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 1 Comment

The Future is… Japanese!

Nick Mamatas has announced the table of contents for new anthology The Future Is Japanese, published by Haikasoru, and collecting brand-new SF stories from a mix of Japanese and foreign writers.

Table of Contents:

“Mono No Aware” by Ken Liu

“The Sound of Breaking Up” by Felicity Savage

“Chitai Heiki Koronbīn” by David Moles

“The Indifference Engine” by Project Itoh

“The Sea of Trees” by Rachel Swirsky

“Endoastronomy” by Toh EnJoe

“In Plain Sight” by Pat Cadigan

“Golden Bread” by Issui Ogawa

“One Breath, One Stroke” by Catherynne M. Valente

“Whale Meat” by Ekaterina Sedia

“Mountain People, Ocean People” by  Hideyuki Kikuchi

“Goddess of Mercy” by Bruce Sterling

“Autogenic Dreaming: Interview with the Columns of Clouds” by TOBI Hirotaka

February 27, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 1 Comment

Book highlight: A Polish Book of Monsters

Check out A Polish Book of Monsters, a collection of “five stories of speculative fiction edited and translated from the Polish by Michael Kandel, award-winning translator of the fiction of Stanislaw Lem. From dystopian science fiction to fabled fantasy, these dark tales grip us through the authors’ ability to create utterly convincing alien worlds that nonetheless reflect our own.”

The book contains:

  • ‘Yoo Retoont, Sneogg. Ay Noo’ (org. ‘Wróciee’ Sneogg, wiedziaam…’) by Marek Huberath
  • ‘Key of Passage’ (org. ‘Klucz przej’cia’) by Tomasz Ko’odziejczak
  • ‘The Iron General’ (org. ‘Ruch genera’a’) by Jacek Dukaj
  • ‘A Cage Full of Angels’ (org. ‘Klatka pe’na anio’ów’) by Andrzej Zimniak
  • ‘Spellmaker’ (org. ‘Wied’min’) by Andrzej Sapkowski

January 31, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 1 Comment

International Anthology, Odd? Released

Jeff and Ann VanderMeer’s latest anthology, Odd?, is the first in a projected series focusing on “eclectic fiction, usually with a fantastical, horrific, magic realist, or surrealist approach.” It has a special focus on world sf, including translations of short fiction from the French, Spanish, Finnish and German. You can get it in e-book format from Amazon.

The full Table of Contents:

Ann & Jeff VanderMeer – Introduction
Amos Tutuola – “The Dead Babies”
Gustave Le Rouge – “The War of the Vampires” (translation by Brian Evenson and David Beus)
Jeffrey Ford – “Weiroot”
Leopoldo Lugones – “The Bloat Toad” (translation by Larry Nolen)
Mark Samuels – “Apt 205″
Michael Cisco – “Modern Cities Exist Only to Be Destroyed”
Nalo Hopkinson – “Slow Cold Chick”
Sumanth Prabhaker – “A Hard Truth About Waste Management”
Hiromi Goto – “Stinky Girl”
Eric Basso – “Logues”
Edward Morris – “Lotophagi”
Karin Tidbeck – “The Aunts”
Jeffrey Thomas – “The Fork”
Rikki Ducornet – “The Volatilized Ceiling of Baron Munodi”
Leena Krohn – “The Night of the Normal Distribution Curve” (translation by Anna Volmari and J. Robert Tupasela)
Amanda le Bas de Plumetot – “Unmaking”
Karl Hans Strobl – “The Head” (translation by Gio Clairval)
Caitlin R. Kiernan – “A Child’s Guide to the Hollow Hills”
Stacey Levine – “Sausage”
Danny Fontaine & Jeff VanderMeer – “Myster Odd Theme Song”

December 7, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 3 Comments

New Mexican Genre Anthology Announced!

Small Beer Press have made available for pre-order the tremendously exciting anthology Three Messages and a Warning:

This huge anthology of all-original Mexican science fiction and fantasy features ghost stories, supernatural folktales, alien incursions, and apocalyptic narratives, as well as science-based chronicles of highly unusual mental states in which the borders of fantasy and reality reach unprecedented levels of ambiguity. Stereotypes of Mexican identity are explored and transcended by the thoroughly cosmopolitan consciousnesses underlying these works.

Table of Contents (not final order)

Lucía Abdó, Second-Hand Pachuca
Maria Isabel Aguirre, Today, You Walk Along a Narrow Path
Ana Gloria Álvarez Pedrajo, The Mediator
Liliana V. Blum, Pink Lemonade
Agustín Cadena, Murillo Park
Ana Clavel, Warning and Three Messages in the Same Parcel
Yussel Dardón, A Pile of Bland Deserts
Óscar de la Borbolla, Wittgenstein’s Umbrellas
Beatriz Escalante, Luck Has Its Limits
Bruno Estañol, The Infamous Juan Manuel
Iliana Estañol, In Waiting
Claudia Guillén, The Drip
Mónica Lavín, Trompe l’œil
Eduardo Mendoza, The Pin
Queta Navagómez, Rebellious
Amélie Olaiz, Amalgam
Donají Olmedo, The Stone
Edmée Pardo, 1965
Jesús Ramírez Bermúdez, The Last Witness to Creation
Carmen Rioja, The Náhual Offering
René Roquet, Returning to Night
Guillermo Samperio, Mister Strogoff
Alberto Chimal, Variation on a Theme of Coleridge
Mauricio Montiel Figueiras, Photophobia
Pepe Rojo, The President without Organs
Esther M. Garcia, Mannequin
Bernardo Fernández, Lions
Horacio Sentíes Madrid, The Transformist
Karen Chacek, The Hour of the Fireflies
Hernán Lara Zavala, Hunting Iguanas
Gerardo Sifuentes, Future Perfect
Amparo Dávila, The Guest
Gabriela Damián Miravete, Nereid Future
José Luis Zárate, Wolves

About the Editors

Born in Boston and raised in San Antonio, Eduardo Jiménez Mayo holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard University in Hispanic literature and a doctoral degree in the humanities from a Catholic university in Madrid. He has taught undergraduate literature courses at the University of Texas in San Antonio and recently obtained a doctorate in jurisprudence from Cornell Law School. He has published translations of books by contemporary Mexican authors Bruno Estañol, Rafael Pérez Gay and José María Pérez Gay. In recent years, he has also published scholarly studies on the Spanish poet Antonio Machado and the Mexican fiction writer Bruno Estañol. Lately, he has conducted readings and lectures on the subject of literary translation at the invitation of Cornell University, New York University, The New School and the Juárez Autonomous University of Tabasco.

Chris N. Brown writes fiction and criticism from his home in Austin, Texas. His work has been variously described as “slick, post-Gibsonian, and funny as hell, like Neal Stephenson meets Hunter S. Thompson” (Cory Doctorow), “Borges in a pop culture blender” (Invisible Library), and “like a cross between Mark Leyner and William Gibson” (Boing Boing). He also contributes to the group blog No Fear of the Future.

Bruce Sterling is the author of eleven novels (including the bestselling The Difference Engine with William Gibson), six short story collections, and four nonfiction books. He also edited the genre-defining Mirrorshades: The Cyberpunk Anthology. He has written for Time, Newsweek, Fortune, Technology Review, and Wired. In 2003 he was appointed Professor at the European Graduate School and in 2005 he became “visionary in residence” at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He lives in Turin, Italy, and blogs at Wired‘s Beyond the Beyond.

June 30, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 2 Comments

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