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By Lavie Tidhar

The Apex booklet of worldwide SF edited via Lavie Tidhar, positive factors award-winning technological know-how fiction and myth brief tales from Asia, jap Europe and worldwide.

The global of speculative fiction is expansive; it covers a couple of nation, one continent, one tradition. amassed listed below are 16 tales penned by way 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 enormous and sundry, no matter if stuck within the ghosts of the earlier or entangled in a postmodern age.

Among the spirits, expertise, and deep recesses of the human brain, tales abound. Kites sail to the celebrities, know-how transcends physics, and wheels cry out within the evening. thoughts come and cross like fading echoes and a educate includes its passengers via greater than basic house and time. darkish and vivid, attractive 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 chicken Catcher”

Jetse de Vries(Netherlands) — “Transcendence Express”

Guy Hasson (Israel) — “The Levantine Experiments”

Han music (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 via 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 through Christopher Priest) — “Elegy”

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

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

Cover artwork and layout by means of Sarah Anne Langton.

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