A few months ago I was thrilled to make a debut in the Romanian e-zine, Nautilus, where my reviews and interviews are being published. Now, I am happy to come home and see that my review of David Moody’s “Hater” was published in the latest issue of another e-zine, Three Crow Press. This brings me great joy, but it also still amazes me to see that there is interest in my works on a publishing level.
Before going in vacation I was asked if I would like to be a part of a new blog project together with a few wonderful people. Because of the people involved I accepted it and in a short time, after Beyond Fiction will begin its development, I will have some of my reviews posted there as well. That doesn’t mean that I will dedicate less to my blog, only that some of the links in my index of reviews will go to a Beyond Fiction page.
I love to travel and I don’t mean this only on physical level, but in fiction too. I like to see authors from different countries and regions and their approach on literature. Because of this one of the titles that drew immediately my attention, especially since it’s a speculative fiction one, is “The Apex Book of World SF” edited by Lavie Tidhar and published by Apex Books Company. As you see in the anthology line up it truly offers a great travel in the world of literature.
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.
S.P. Somtow (Thailand)—“The Bird Catcher”
Jetse de Vries (Netherlands)—“Transcendence Express”
Guy Hasson (Israel)—“The Levantine Experiments”
Han Song (China)—“The Wheel of Samsara”
Kaaron Warren (Australia/Fiji)—“Ghost Jail”
Yang Ping (China)—“Wizard World”
Dean Francis Alfar (Phillippines)—“L’Aquilone du Estrellas (The Kite of Stars)”
Nir Yaniv (Israel)—“Cinderers”
Jamil Nasir (Palenstine)—“The Allah Stairs”
Tunku Halim (Malaysia)—“Biggest Baddest Bomoh”
Aliette de Bodard (France)—“The Lost Xuyan Bride”
Kristin Mandigma (Phillippines)—“Excerpt from a Letter by a Social-realist Aswang”
Aleksandar Žiljak (Croatia)—“An Evening In The City Coffehouse, With Lydia On My Mind”
Anil Menon (India)—“Into the Night”
Mélanie Fazi (France, translated by Christopher Priest)—“Elegy”
Zoran Živković (Serbia, translated by Alice Copple-Tošić)—“Compartments”