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PDF ↠ BOOK The Apex Book of World SF Volume 1 ¾ LAVIE TIDHAR ¾ The world of speculative fiction is expansive; it covers 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 cry out in the night Memories come and go like fading echoes and a train carries its passengers through 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 Table of Contents SP SomtowThailand The Bird Catcher Jetse de VriesNetherlands Transcendence Express Guy Hasson Israel The Levantine Experiments Han Song China The Wheel of Samsara Kaaron Warren AustraliaFiji Ghost Jail Yang Ping China Wizard World Dean F Reading “The Lost Xuyan Bride” by Aliette de Bodard ONLY Part of the Universe of Xuya seriesTHis was not what I was expecting I was expecting ships and space I've read one short in this series The Waiting Stars which according to this handy guide my friend Nicki gave me is somewhere in the range of story #13Soooooo Let's just say I have no clue WTF is going on with this series but it looks to be a long ride lol“The Lost Xuyan Bride” is actually likeThe Dispatcher than the space opera that I expected It's of a sci fiish alt history futuristic mysteryIt was good though and I plan to continue

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Rancis Alfar Philippines L'Auilone 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 Lost Xuyan Bride Kristin Mandigma Philippines Excerpt from a Letter by a Social realist Aswang Aleksandar iljak Croatia An Evening In The City Coffehouse With Lydia On My Mind Anil Menon India Into the Night Melanie Fazi France translated by Christopher Priest Elegy Zoran ivkovic Serbia translated by Alice Copple To ic Compartment According to author James Gunn in an essay in World Literature Today Volume 84 Number 3 MayJune 2010 To consider science fiction in countries other than the United States one must start from these shores American science fiction is the base line against which all the other fantastic literatures in languages other than English must be measuredGunn justifies this claim by stating that only in 1926 New York did SF become a distinct genre then curiously punctures his own argument by referring to HG Wells' 'scientific romances' which interestingly Wells also referred to as 'scientifiction' If that wasn't at least an attempt to create a separate genre for SF then what was itYet the uestion that really goes unanswered is what about the SF written in countries other than the United States but not in languages other than English That vast body of literature seems to fall between two stools in Gunn's argument; or to be blunter as far he's concerned it either doesn't exist or doesn't matter enough to reuire measurementPerhaps that only goes to prove that at times we all need a good editorFor writer and editor Lavie Tidhar however the attitude encapsulated in the introduction to Gunn's essay is only one spur to his efforts to raise the profile of World SF both in his blog and in The Apex Book of World SF a 'sampling of the finest authors from around the world' For make no mistake Lavie Tidhar is a man with a missionHis Apex anthology offers sixteen stories from a large chunk of the world outside the US the Middle East Europe Asia and the Pacific Rim Some were originally written in English while others have been translated Among the authors I recognise Jetse de Vries who is a strong advocate for leavening dystopian SF with something a little positive on occasion and Aliette de Bodard whose story 'As the Wheel Turns' leads GUD Issue 6 Beyond introducing the reader to a tiny amount of what's being written outside the closed largely white male world of American SF the anthology has no theme Then again it doesn't need one' there's enough here to amaze and discomfort the reader without making things complicatedWhen I first started reading the anthology I confess I didn't like it I couldn't get on with it Couldn't understand why Tidhar had chosen these particular stories I had to put the book down set aside my Western sensibilities okay prejudices and shake up my own ideas of what makes a good story of where excellence in storytelling lies It wasn't fun It did however enable me to come back to the anthology with new eyes and start to appreciate the stories on their own level A start is all I made however; I still find the multiple anthologies in Malaysian author Tunku Halim's story grating That's not how 'we' writePerhaps that only goes to prove that it's one thing to intend not to be a bigot; it's another to manage itThai author SP Somtow's 'The Bird Catcher' opens the collection with a disturbing tale of a young boy's friendship with the eponymous boogieman At first repelled by the bird catcher's diet of raw bird liver narrator Nicholas slowly finds himself drawn into this means of staving off 'the hunger' that has gnawed at him since his release from a Japanese internment camp It would be easy to dismiss both the bird catcher and Nicholas as evil but this story doesn't allow the reader that easy way out Nicholas has lived through what we might well call evil has inevitably been shaped by it and is struggling to find his way out the other side In the framing story he takes one of his grandsons to see the boogieman's skeleton and tries in a world of McDonalds and Pokemon to make relevant his personal horror taleThe war did that to him I know Just like it made Mom into a whore and me intoI don't knowa bird without a nesting placea lost boyThe writing is strong although I'm still in two minds about the opening which refers the reader to JG Ballard's experiences of internment as fictionalised in Empire of the Sun On the one hand this gives the reader a uick and dirty background to the story and saves a lot of explanation; on the other it might leave those who've not read Ballard floundering and confused It's the sort of approach I'd discourage but as this story won a World Fantasy Award it's clearly a gamble that paid offIn 'Transcendence Express' Jetse de Vries establishes that you can write a story about good things being done by clever people but that it may not be as satisfying as you'd expect On the face of it this is a rock solid hard SF story with a young scientist taking her knowledge of uantum computing to a small farming village in Zambia and enabling local schoolchildren to build their own biological uantum computers or BICO's These computers which rely on simple products and skills are set to transform the villagers' lives The EndIt rubs me up the wrong way when a story lacks conflict It's as if someone's taken the flavour out of my ice cream and all I'm left with is something cold It's worse however when a story deliberately evades conflict Surely it's not hard to see that by enabling one village to make enormous leaps forward in agricultural productivity you're setting it up for trouble with its neighbours We might wish human nature were other than it is but wishing doesn't make it so and in my opinion anyway a truly positive story would show how obstacles are met and overcome not pretend they won't happen Conflict and difficulty and mistakes and things going wrong don't lessen a story; they're part of what can make it greatGuy Hasson's 'The Levantine Experiments' introduces us to Sarah a child who's been confined all her life and isolated since the age of two When a crack appears in one wall of her prison she begins to fantasise about what might be beyond it Her imagination has been so starved that even when exercised to the full it is woefully limited in what it can achieve Hasson works hard to get into Sarah's mind so different from ours as it must be and his descriptions of her mental wanderings although repetitive have their own strange fascinationAnd slowly in her dreams she would rise with each breath she took As the nights continued she rose higher and higher halfway up the room And then she rose even higher And then one day she was almost close enough to reach the darknessYet I have doubts It's one thing in the Harry Potter books to ignore the damage Harry's upbringing in the cupboard would do; it's another thing to place a character in an experimental situation with clearly defined parameters without thinking through fully what the conseuences would be I don't believe that the experimenters would be pushing toilet paper through to Sarah; if she's had no contact with another human being since the age of two they'd be washing her shit off the floor Even though her eventual release has horrific conseuences they don't feel like the right conseuences Her character is formed not according to her circumstances but according to the needs of the plot When I'm told that Sarah understood everything once it had all been explained I don't and can't believe it Even those of us with the best advantages and the broadest education couldn't make that claim Sarah with her lack of a frame of reference for what we might consider 'normal' human life has no chanceThat said there's a lot to interest and disturb the reader in this story As a thought experiment it's perhaps painful than successful and some reference at least to Bowlby's theory of attachment might have helped but it does force the reader to think about how a child in that situation might develop and how strange their thinking might beI loved Han Song's 'The Wheel of Samsara' a short tale in which Western curiosity and Eastern fatalism meet toah no read it for yourselves It's short but the right length The characters are not fully rounded; instead they are developed just enough to fulfil their roles A beautifully crafted work'Ghost Jail' by Kaaron Warren is set in Fiji where a child can be trapped in a closed circle of gravestones whimpering Beggar Rashmilla with the aid of the ghost of her sister forever wrapped around her neck can see and to an extent control ghosts and is therefore hired for obscure purposes at Cewa Flats The flats are supposed to be being cleared for redevelopment but ghosts aren't easy to evict This story is frightening on a visceral level A ghost attacks another character Lisa who is powerless to defend herself He thrust the fist into her mouth and out so fast all she felt was a mouthful then nothing but the taste of anchovies left behind A visible tangible aggressive ghost against whom there's no apparent defence and Cewa Flats is full of such Once driven to the flats by the regime they tried to speak out against Lisa and Keith are unable to leave It seems they've been effectively silenced but th

BOOK ´ The Apex Book of World SF Volume 1 Ì Lavie Tidhar

The Apex Book of World SF Volume 1The world of speculative fiction is expansive; it covers 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 wheel Varied and vivid And sometimes challenging my notions of what constitutes SFAmong the impressions below my favorite stories are boldfaced SP Somtow's The Bird Catcher surprised me with its rudeness Not in a bad way no; I just didn't expect that from a writer whom I've seen described as lyrical It turns out Somtow is broader than that And he's definitely evocativeThe rudeness can be refreshing too ;However I found no speculative element in the story powerful as it was I wouldn't have included it in this anthology While I didn't like most of the stories in Jetse de Vries's project Shine An Anthology of Optimistic Science Fiction I'm already enjoying his story Transcendence Express here How wouldn't I with a beginning like thisA building so run down our own country’s suatters would find it uninhabitable Windows are an illusion walls that are crack than brick benches that should be reported to Amnesty’s human rights watch and a roof that doubles as a communal shower in the wet seasonIt's also naughty in the nice wayOf course I’m full of uestions but she diverts my attention with a touch of innuendo that makes Viagra look like a spark in a forest fire How did she get all that lingerie and thosewelltoys in such a small travel bag As my rabbit breeding instinct overwhelms my monkey curiosity the last vestiges of my rationality hope for some explanation later on More—um—stringent matters reuire hard attention firstEvery night my wonderment grows until Liona’s devious delaying tactics can no longer contain it Eventually halfway through a bout of sloppy lovemaking my heart isn’t in it my mind isn’t in it; actually only one part of me is she indulges meBut it can be very serious too“ I’m still not fully convinced that you and your fellow AIs will be benign Because eventually you will be multitudes smarter than us and you may find some higher principle that will make us obsolete” —If truly objective moral principles exist then—by definition —they must be beneficial for all— Dean Francis Alfar's The Kite of Stars and Nir Yaniv's Cinderers are like the two faces of Janus They're extremely memorable one for its beauty the other for its ugliness and they leave you as disturbed as only an encounter with a god can I believe Comrade that you are conflating ideology with bourgeois hair splitting When it comes down to it how is this novel you sent along with your letter this novel about an interstellar war between monster cockroaches and alienated capitalist soldiers supposed to be a valid form of social commentary I do not care if the main character is a Filipino infantryman I assume he is a capitalist too Further since he is far too busy killing cockroaches in godforsaken planets on a spaceship which is definitely not a respectable proletarian occupation his insights into the future of Marxist revolution in the Philippines must be suspect at best And this Robert Heinlein fellow you mention I assume is another imperialist Westerner I thought so Comrade I must admit to being troubled by your choice of reading fare these days And do not think you can fob me off with claims that your favourite novel at the moment is written by a socialist author I do not trust socialists The only socialists I know are white collar fascist trolls who watch too many Sylvester Stallone movies Sell outs the lot of them Do not get me started on the kapre; they are all closet theists An inevitable by product of all that repulsive tobacco I should sayWith regard to your uestion about how I perceive myself as an “Other” let me make it clear that I am as fantastic to myself as rice I do not waste time sitting around brooding about my mythic status and why the notion that I have lived for five hundred years ought to send me into a paroxysm of metaphysical angst for the benefit of self indulgent overprivileged cultural hegemonists who fancy themselves writers So there are times in the month when half of me flies off to—as you put it so charmingly—eat babies Well I ask you so what For your information I only eat babies whose parents are far too entrenched in the oppressive capitalist superstructure to expect them to be redeemed as good dialectical materialistsFrom Excerpt from a Letter by a Social Realist Aswang by Kristin Mandigma Alexsandar Žiljak's An Evening in the City Coffeehouse with Lydia on My Mind shows us the future of homemade pornStep three is automatic To the chosen ones—one two at best—I send a present A swarm of flies to their home addresses The flies are the peak of military intelligence technology a floating camera plus nanocomputer plus video memory and they are virtually unnoticeable Don’t ask me where I got them and what they cost me What you don’t know can’t kill youOnce inserted most freuently through the air conditioning the swarm reproduces by itself Part of it forms a hive hacking the network outlet of one of the victim’s nanocomputers The rest deploys itself in the apartment If the technical conditions don’t screw me up which happens occasionally that’s all the foreplay there isWhen everything is finally green filmings follow In simple terms the moment one fly senses a motion it informs the others The swarm is programmed to cover the action from all the imaginable angles and I usually let it buzz 247 Girls often look very inviting on the screen just doing aerobics Showers and bathtubs are nice spots too Some dolls really like to relax when they think nobody’s watching themGiven my really relaxed home habits I should be really scaredWhy am I not though Despite its sordid contents and cosmology well there's cyberpunk for you the story seems to be the best writtentranslated in the anthology Anil Menon's Into the Night is another very well written story And uite sad