The Apex Book of World SF: Volume 1 (Apex World of Speculative Fiction)

By Lavie Tidhar

The Apex e-book of global SF edited by way of Lavie Tidhar, beneficial properties award-winning technology fiction and delusion brief tales from Asia, jap Europe and around the globe.

The international of speculative fiction is expansive; it covers a couple of state, one continent, one tradition. amassed listed below are 16 tales penned by means of authors from Thailand, the Philippines, China, Israel, Pakistan, Serbia, Croatia, Malaysia, and different international locations around the globe. every one tells a story breathtakingly tremendous and sundry, even if stuck within the ghosts of the earlier or entangled in a postmodern age.

Among the spirits, know-how, and deep recesses of the human brain, tales abound. Kites sail to the celebs, know-how transcends physics, and wheels cry out within the evening. thoughts come and pass like fading echoes and a educate incorporates its passengers via greater than uncomplicated area and time. darkish and vivid, appealing and haunting, the tales herein signify speculative fiction from a sampling of the best authors from round the world.

Table of Contents:

S.P. Somtow(Thailand) — “The poultry Catcher”

Jetse de Vries(Netherlands) — “Transcendence Express”

Guy Hasson (Israel) — “The Levantine Experiments”

Han track (China) — “The Wheel of Samsara”

Kaaron Warren (Australia/Fiji) — “Ghost Jail”

Yang Ping (China) — “Wizard World”

Dean Francis Alfar (Philippines) — “L’Aquilone du Estrellas (The Kite of Stars)”

Nir Yaniv (Israel) — “Cinderers”

Jamil Nasir (Palestine) — “The Allah Stairs”

Tunku Halim (Malaysia) — “Biggest Baddest Bomoh”

Aliette de Bodard (France) — “The misplaced Xuyan Bride”

Kristin Mandigma (Philippines) — “Excerpt from a Letter by way of a Social-realist Aswang”

Aleksandar Žiljak (Croatia) — “An night within the urban Coffehouse, With Lydia on My Mind”

Anil Menon (India) — “Into the Night”

Mélanie Fazi (France, translated by means of Christopher Priest) — “Elegy”

Zoran Živković (Serbia, translated by way of Alice Copple-Tošić)—“Compartments”

(Note: electronic version doesn't comprise the Zoran Živković's story)

Cover paintings and layout by way of Sarah Anne Langton.

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