Saturday, October 2, 2010

Titles spotlight - "The Apex Book of World SF" volume 2 & "Down These Strange Streets"

I am always behind with my readings, not in a deadline term but in a desire to explore many titles that truly appeal to me. Two such titles came back into focus these days, two anthologies on which I set my eyes for some time, but for different reasons ended up unread so far. “The Apex Book of World SF” edited by Lavie Tidhar is waiting patiently for its turn although I have a review copy for quite a while now, while for “Warriors” edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois I am still pondering if I should wait for the release of the paperback edition or buy the hardcover now. The reason for these two anthologies coming into focus in full force is that the editors of these collections announced the Table of Contents for two similar projects.

Lavie Tidhar, the editor of “The Apex Book of World SF”, announced the table of contents for the second volume of the anthology, due to be released by Apex Book Company in mid-2011:
"Alternate Girl’s Expatriate Life" by Rochita Loenen-Ruiz (Philippines)
"Mr. Goop" by Ivor W. Hartmann (Zimbabwe)
"Trees of Bone" by Daliso Chaponda (Malawi)
"The First Peruvian in Space" by Daniel Salvo (Peru)
"Eyes in the Vastness of Forever" by Gustavo Bondoni (Argentina)
"The Tomb" by Chen Qiufan (China)
"The Sound of Breaking Glass" by Joyce Chng (Singapore)
"A Single Year" by Csilla Kleinheincz (Hungary)
"The Secret Origin of Spin-man" by Andrew Drilon (Philippines)
"Borrowed Time" (trans. Daniel W. Koon) by Anabel Enriquez Piñeiro (Cuba)
"Branded" by Lauren Beukes (South Africa)
"December 8" by Raúl Flores Iriarte (Cuba)
"Hungry Man" by Will Elliott (Australia)
"Nira and I" by Shweta Narayan (India)
"Nothing Happened in 1999" by Fábio Fernandes (Brazil)
"Shadow" by Tade Thompson (Nigeria)
"Shibuya no Love" by Hannu Rajaniemi (Finland)
"Maquech" by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Mexico)
"The Glory of the World" by Sergey Gerasimov (Ukraine)
"The New Neighbours" by Tim Jones (New Zealand)
"From the Lost Diary of TreeFrog7" by Nnedi Okorafor (Nigeria/US)
"The Slows" by Gail Har’even (Israel)
"Zombie Lenin" by Ekaterina Sedia (Russia/US)
"Electric Sonalika" by Samit Basu (India)
"The Malady" (trans. Wiesiek Powaga) by Andrzej Sapkowski (Poland)
"A Life Made Possible Behind The Barricades" by Jacques Barcia (Brazil)
The second volume looks very interesting indeed, with a few familiar names and other writers who are waiting to be discovered. But until the publication of the second novel I moved the first one at the top of my reading list.

George R.R. Martin announces on his blog that together with Gardner Dozois he completed the work on another anthology, “Down These Strange Streets”, due to be released by Penguin Putnam, at an unknown date for now . As George R.R. Martin says on his post: “Down These Strange Streets” is another of our crossgenre projects, this one a mix of fantasy, science fiction, urban fantasy, hardboiled mystery, historicals, and private eye stories.
"The Bastard Stepchild" (introduction) by George R.R. Martin
"Death by Dahlia" by Charlaine Harris (a True Blood story)
"The Bleeding Shadow" by Joe R. Lansdale
"Hungry Heart" by Simon R. Green
"Styx and Stones" by Steven Saylor (a Gordianus story)
"Pain and Suffering" by S.M. Stirling
"It’s Still the Same Old Story" by Carrie Vaughn
"The Lady is a Screamer" by Conn Iggulden
"Hellbender" by Laurie R. King
"Shadow Thieves" by Glen Cook (a Garrett story)
"No Mystery, No Miracle" by Melinda Snodgrass (an Edge story)
"The Difference Between a Puzzle and a Mysery" by M.L.N. Hanover
"The Curious Affair of the Deodand" by Lisa Tuttle
"Lord John and the Plague of Zombies" by Diana Gabaldon (a Lord John novella)
"Beware the Snake" by John Maddox Roberts (a SPQR story)
"In Red, With Pearls" by Patricia Briggs
"The Adakian Eagle" by Bradley Denton (novella)

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