The Apex Book of World SF

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Edited by Lavie Tidhar

These stories run the gamut from science fiction, to fantasy, to horror. Some are translations (from German, Chinese, French, Spanish, and Swedish), and some were written in English. The authors herein come from Asia and Europe, Africa and Latin America. Their stories are all wondrous and wonderful, and showcase the vitality and diversity that can be found in the field. They are a conversation, by voices that should be heart.

Table of Contents:

  1. Courtship in the Country of Machine-Gods — Benjanun Sriduangkaew (Thailand)
  2. A Hundred Ghosts Parade Tonight — Xia Jia (China)
  3. Act of Faith — Fadzilshah Johanabos (Malaysia)
  4. The Foreigner — Uko Bendi Udo (Nigeria)
  5. The City of Silence — Ma Boyong (China)
  6. Planetfall — Athena Andreadis (Greece)
  7. Jungle Fever — Zulaikha Nurain Mudzor (Malaysia)
  8. To Follow the Waves — Amal El-Mohtar (Lebanon/Canada)
  9. Ahuizotl — Nelly Geraldine García-Rosas (Mexico)
  10. The Rare Earth — Biram Mboob (Gambia)
  11. Spider’s Nest — Myra Çakan (Germany)
  12. Waiting with Mortals — Crystal Koo (Philippines)
  13. Three Little Children — Ange (France)
  14. Brita’s Holiday Village — Karin Tidbeck (Sweden)
  15. Regressions — Swapna Kishore (India)
  16. Dancing on the Red Planet — Berit Ellingsen (Korea/Norway)




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Edited by Lavie Tidhar


An expedition to an alien planet; Lenin rising from the dead; a superhero so secret he does not exist; in The Apex Book of World SF 2, World Fantasy Award nominated editor Lavie Tidhar brings together a unique collection of stories from around the world. Quiet horror from Cuba and Australia; surrealist fantasy from Russia and epic fantasy from Poland; near-future tales from Mexico and Finland, or cyberpunk from South Africa: in this anthology one gets a glimpse of the complex and fascinating world of genre fiction – from all over our world. Featuring work from noted international authors such as Will Elliot, Hannu Rajaniemi, Shweta Narayan, Lauren Bukes, Ekaterina Sedia, Nnedi Okorafor, and Andrzej Sapkowski.

Table of Contents:

  1. “Alternate Girl’s Expatriate Life” by Rochita Loenen-Ruiz
  2. “Mr. Goop” by Ivor W. Hartmann
  3. “Trees of Bone” by Daliso Chaponda
  4. “The First Peruvian in Space” by Daniel Salvo (translated by Jose B. Adolph)
  5. “Eyes in the Vastness of Forever” by Gustavo Bondoni
  6. “The Tomb” by Chen Qiufan (translated by the author)
  7. “The Sound of Breaking Glass” by Joyce Chng
  8. “A Single Year” by Csilla Kleinheincz (translated by the author)
  9. “The Secret Origin of Spin-Man” by Andrew Drilon
  10. “Borrowed Time” by Anabel Enríquez Piñeiro (translated by Daniel W. Koon)
  11. “Branded” by Lauren Beukes
  12. “December 8th” by Raúl Flores (translated by Daniel W. Koon)
  13. “Hungry Man” by Will Elliott
  14. “Nira and I” by Shweta Narayan
  15. “Nothing Happened in 1999” by Fábio Fernandes
  16. “Shadow” by Tade Thompson
  17. “Shibuya no Love” by Hannu Rajaniemi
  18. “Maquech” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  19. “The Glory of the World” by Sergey Gerasimov
  20. “The New Neighbours” by Tim Jones
  21. “From the Lost Diary of TreeFrog7” by Nnedi Okorafor
  22. “The Slows” by Gail Hareven (translated by Yaacov Jeffrey Green)
  23. “Zombie Lenin” by Ekaterina Sedia
  24. “Electric Sonalika” by Samit Basu
  25. “The Malady” by Andrzej Sapkowski (translated by Wiesiek Powaga)
  26. “A Life Made Possible Behind The Barricades” by Jacques Barcia



Edited by Lavie Tidhar

Published November 2009

The world of speculative fiction is expansive; it covers more thanone country, one continent, one culture. Collected here are sixteen stories penned by authors from Thailand, the Philippines, China, Israel, Pakistan, Serbia, Croatia, Malaysia, and other countries across the globe. Each one tells a tale breathtakingly vast and varied, whether caught in the ghosts of the past or entangled in a postmodern age. Among the spirits, technology, and deep recesses of the human mind, stories abound. Kites sail to the stars, technology transcends physics, and wheels cry out in the night. Memories come and go like fading echoes and a train carries its passengers through more than simple space and time. Dark and bright, beautiful and haunting, the stories herein represent speculative fiction from a sampling of the finest authors from around the world.


From S.P. Somtow’s World Fantasy Award-winning “The Bird Catcher,” a restrained horror tale of a young boy’s friendship with Thailand’s most infamous human “monster,” to “Wizard World,” Galaxy Award winner Yang Ping’s story of high-tech gamers, this extraordinary anthology of 16 tales introduces English-speaking readers to some of the world’s best writers of sf, horror, fantasy, and metafiction. Contributors include Jamil Nasir (Palestine), Aleksandar Ziljak (Croatia), Guy Hasson (Israel), Kaaron Warren (Australia/Fiji), and Jetse de Vries (Netherlands). VERDICT This literary window into the international world of imaginative fiction, the first in a new series, is sure to appeal to adventurous sf fans and readers of fiction in translation.

Table of Contents:

  1. S.P. Somtow(Thailand)–“The Bird Catcher”
  2. Jetse de Vries(Netherlands)–“Transcendence Express”
  3. Guy Hasson (Israel)–“The Levantine Experiments”
  4. Han Song (China)–“The Wheel of Samsara”
  5. Kaaron Warren (Australia/Fiji)–“Ghost Jail”
  6. Yang Ping (China)–“Wizard World”
  7. Dean Francis Alfar (Phillippines)–“L’Aquilone du Estrellas (The Kite of Stars)”
  8. Nir Yaniv (Israel)–“Cinderers”
  9. Jamil Nasir (Palenstine)–“The Allah Stairs”
  10. Tunku Halim (Malaysia)–“Biggest Baddest Bomoh”
  11. Aliette de Bodard (France)–“The Lost Xuyan Bride”
  12. Kristin Mandigma (Phillippines)–“Excerpt from a Letter by a Social-realist Aswang”
  13. Aleksandar Žiljak (Croatia)–“An Evening In The City Coffehouse, With Lydia On My Mind”
  14. Anil Menon (India)–“Into the Night”
  15. Mélanie Fazi (France, translated by Christopher Priest)–“Elegy”
  16. Zoran Živković (Serbia, translated by Alice Copple-Tošić)–“Compartments”


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