Author Week #1: An Interview With Ekaterina Sedia

Kicking off our first Author Week: Charles Tan interviews Ekaterina Sedia about her latest novel, The House of Discarded Dreams! * Hi! Thanks for agreeing to do the interview. The title The House of Discarded Dreams is apt. Which came first, the title or the story? What finalized this as the title of the novel?... Continue Reading →

Monday Original Content: Charles A. Tan on Book Piracy

E-book piracy is being talked about at the moment, and Charles Tan (in an article here reprinted from his blog) discusses some of the unconscious assumptions that go into the debate from the Western perspective, amongst many other things. Check out also Aliette de Bodard's very clear and concise take on the same, here. eBook... 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 →

The Best of Philippine Speculative Fiction 2009 Available for Download

THE BEST OF PHILIPPINE SPECULATIVE FICTION 2009 AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD Charles Tan, editor of The Philippine Speculative Fiction Sampler ( has just released The Best of Philippine Speculative Fiction 2009 (, an online anthology that reprints sixteen stories written by Filipino authors. Contributors include Dean Francis Alfar, Yvette Tan, Kenneth Yu, and Gabriella Lee. In... Continue Reading →

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