The Apex Book of World SF by S.P. Somtow

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The world of speculative fiction is expansive; it covers more than one 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.

(Note: Digital edition does not contain the Zoran Zivkovic story)

About S.P. Somtow

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Lavie Tidhar is the author of the linked-story collection HebrewPunk (2007) and the novellas An Occupation of Angels (2005), Cloud Permutations (2009), and Gorel & The Pot-Bellied God (2010). He also edited the anthologies A Dick & Jane Primer for Adults (2008) and The First Apex Book of World SF (2009). He can be found online at
Published November 1, 2009 by Apex Publications. 302 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Globe-trekking Israeli editor Tidhar (HebrewPunk ) compiles an inconsistent medley of horror-tinged fantasy tales, which may confuse readers drawn in by a title a

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Strange Horizons

In contrast (and again the way stories here are contrasted suggests that there either is a fine editorial hand at work here or a remarkably deep pool of good stories are available—or both), Kristin Mandigma's "Excerpt From a Letter by a Socialist-Realist Aswang" (2008) engages more definitely wit...

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Strange Horizons

Seeing as all human societies tell stories, and seeing as all human societies have religions (which begin with tales that try to explain the universe, tales about things no one has seen and that are fantastic) it's only natural to assume that all societies tell SF stories and fantasy stories of o...

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Strange Horizons

In world SF, what we see instead are stories about real people and places, which opens the door to diversity through sharing and understanding, rather than through assimilation.

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