The Apex Book of World SF

  • Title: The Apex Book of World SF
  • Author: Lavie Tidhar Dean Francis Alfar S.P. Somtow Jetse de Vries Kaaron Warren Zoran Živković Aliette de Bodard Mélanie Fazi
  • ISBN: 9780982159637
  • Page: 357
  • Format: Paperback
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    [PDF] Unlimited ä The Apex Book of World SF : by Lavie Tidhar Dean Francis Alfar S.P. Somtow Jetse de Vries Kaaron Warren Zoran Živković Aliette de Bodard Mélanie Fazi - The Apex Book of World SF, The Apex Book of World SF 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

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    The Apex Book of World SF

    About Lavie Tidhar Dean Francis Alfar S.P. Somtow Jetse de Vries Kaaron Warren Zoran Živković Aliette de Bodard Mélanie Fazi


    1. Lavie Tidhar was raised on a kibbutz in Israel He has travelled extensively since he was a teenager, living in South Africa, the UK, Laos, and the small island nation of Vanuatu.Tidhar began publishing with a poetry collection in Hebrew in 1998, but soon moved to fiction, becoming a prolific author of short stories early in the 21st century.Temporal Spiders, Spatial Webs won the 2003 Clarke Bradbury competition, sponsored by the European Space Agency, while The Night Train 2010 was a Sturgeon Award finalist.Linked story collection HebrewPunk 2007 contains stories of Jewish pulp fantasy.He co wrote dark fantasy novel The Tel Aviv Dossier 2009 with Nir Yaniv The Bookman Histories series, combining literary and historical characters with steampunk elements, includes The Bookman 2010 , Camera Obscura 2011 , and The Great Game 2012.Standalone novel Osama 2011 combines pulp adventure with a sophisticated look at the impact of terrorism It won the 2012 World Fantasy Award, and was a finalist for the Campbell Memorial Award, British Science Fiction Award, and a Kitschie.His latest novels are Martian Sands and The Violent Century.Much of Tidhar s best work is done at novella length, including An Occupation of Angels 2005 , Cloud Permutations 2010 , British Fantasy Award winner Gorel and the Pot Bellied God 2011 , and Jesus the Eightfold Path 2011.Tidhar advocates bringing international SF to a wider audience, and has edited The Apex Book of World SF 2009 and The Apex Book of World SF 2 2012.He is also editor in chief of the World SF Blog , and in 2011 was a finalist for a World Fantasy Award for his work there.He also edited A Dick and Jane Primer for Adults 2008 wrote Michael Marshall Smith The Annotated Bibliography 2004 wrote weird picture book Going to The Moon 2012, with artist Paul McCaffery and scripted one shot comic Adolf Hitler s I Dream of Ants 2012, with artist Neil Struthers.Tidhar lives with his wife in London.


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    1. A collection of sci fi, fantasy, and horror from all over the world Some was written in English, others translated I didn t like most of these stories Some were too surreal for me to get a handle on what was happening and, even importantly, why I should care most obvious example Zoran Zivkovic s Compartments, in which the main character walks through train compartments and various characters tell him stories Others were too obvious and cliched for my tastes ex Yang Ping s Wizard World, in which [...]

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    2. The Apex Book of World SF is an ambitious project that, mostly, succeeds despite its difficulties Full disclosure I read the electronic version, which does not include the story Compartments , and that I reformatted the ePub version for the publisher immediately prior to reading the anthology Many of the stories suffer from slight translation quirks unusual turns of phrase, a slight stutter in the flow of words They are not errors as such, but seem slightly awkward to an ear raised on United Sta [...]

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    3. A well rounded collection of tales While World SF would seem to imply a sampling of stories clearly fixed to one region or another, I got the distict feeling that most of these are bridge tales, stories that find a means of crossing cultural gaps by a variety of means An analogue is in the comparison between ethnographic musical sampling with studio produced world music where fusion of traditional styles with modern global styles of sound production produces a kind of music that transcends cultu [...]

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    4. I love science fiction but have often lamented the lack of diversity in the field The genre s authors, protagonists and subject matter are unremittingly Anglo and western European, at least in terms of works the American audience has easy access to Therefore when I stumbled upon this short story collection at GenCon last summer, I snatched it up immediately Science fiction lends itself particularly well to the short story form, so the selection of this format to introduce worthy authors from aro [...]

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    5. According to author James Gunn, in an essay in World Literature Today, Volume 84, Number 3, May June 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 measured Gunn justifies this claim by stating that only in 1926 New York did SF become a distinct genre, then, curiously, punctures his own argument by refer [...]

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    6. The Apex Book of World SF is a mixed bag It has a good variety of authors much better than the old The World Treasury of Science Fiction, which had a heavy emphasis on Anglophone authors but many of the stories fall flat However, the best stories The Bird Catcher, Wizard World, and Into the Night make up for the duds Note The ebook doesn t contain Compartments by Zoran Zivkovic S.P Somtow The Bird Catcher A young boy in post War Thailand befriends a serial killer There s nothing SFnal about this [...]

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    7. This is a collection of 15 short stories from non US UK writers While several stories fall into the traditional SF category, some are straight fantasy horror, and a couple are hard to describe Reading this collection is sort of like sampling from a buffet of foreign dishes you ve never tried before some of the offerings are familiar, some are unfamiliar but delicious, and a few are just odd and unappealing There are a couple that probably read much better in the language from which they were tra [...]

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    8. I didn t feel inspired to write about each story in this anthology I think I didn t always feel capable, like I d necessarily fully understood enough to really comment or criticize And to be completely honest, I didn t always like some of them enough to have much to say But others were great Or disturbing Or kind of fascinating Some that I didn t like were all of those and some that I did like were all of those And Aliette de Bodard s Xuya story was just great, pretty much everyone seems to agre [...]

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    9. Some of these are better than others, The Bird Catcher and The Levantine Experiment are the ones that stay with me as particularly good, though both are horror stories than anything, which isn t usually my cup of tea, though none stood out as really awful A few were overly familiar, perhaps The collection seems to lean in the direction of , evocative atmosphere and character pieces than plot concept based stories, despite the nominal SF in the title I guess the S is for Speculative rather tha [...]

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    10. A collection of short stories in the science fiction, fantasy and horror genres from authors from countries the Western world is not used to reading A fascinating collection and well worth reading, even the stories that don 19t quite work The were all interesting and challenging and reengaged my interest in the genres again, it was so refreshing to get different cultural perspectives than I am used to The Bird Catcher by S.P Somtow, ThailandA modern version of the Boogeyman and the conditions th [...]

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    11. DNF A couple good stories mixed with I couldn t get into the writing at all Don t think it was bad , just not styles that captivated me

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    12. En realidad esperaba mas de las historias, algunas fueron en realidad bastante flojas a mi parecercreo que me quedo con The Levantine Experiment que fue la nica que me atrapo desde que la empece.

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    13. The cover of this one has a quote by Frederik Pohl These voices deserve to be heard Simply stated and I agree.I ve taken my time with this anthology of authors who represent a good many countries and societies It is not something to read quickly like a paper wrapped burger, but rather to savor like a high priced lamb dish Some highlights follow The Bird Catcher by S.P Somtow introduces the idea that you can buy a bird to release yourself from the cage of karma But the bird s wings are clipped to [...]

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    14. A collection of short stories from authors from or in different parts of the world than the traditional sources of western SF Some are science fiction, some fantasy, some horror.I actually won a free copy of this ebook as part of a bundle that I was given a free copy of, but I do like reading SF from different perspectives, and people from other cultures can certainly have that, so I was excited about this than anything else in the bundle I was a little disappointed, because of the definition o [...]

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    15. The Apex Book of World SF, edited by Lavie Tidhar, is, as the title suggests, an anthology of sf f short stories and novellas by mostly non Western authors, many of whom North American readers will not have run across before I ve found, however, that it is best to take these stories a few at a time for whatever reason, I ve been having difficulty reading the entire volume back to back, and therefore don t yet have a full picture of the quality of the work Having read about half of the stories th [...]

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    16. Rating this book is not straightforward, since it s a collection of totally unrelated stories, of different genres science fiction and fantasy horror, mostly , written by very different authors But it s not difficult if this kind of variety is what you re looking for I didn t like every story, of course Among the better ones I d rate two horror tales S P Somtow s The Bird Catcher and Kaaron Warren s Ghost Jail one in the alternate history genre Aliette de Bodard s The Lost Xuyan Bride and one pu [...]

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    17. It s rare I give an anthology than three stars, just due to averaging out the weak and strong stories, but this one was fairly consistently strong for me, tipping the scales to the upper end There is a tremendous mix of stories, though most seem to have been originally written in English with just a few in translation, and of those the majority were translated by the author If pressed to choose a favourite okay, let me have two they would probably be L Aquilone du Estrellas The Kite of Stars by [...]

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    18. So how successful is this collection As the editor points out in the introduction the The Apex Book of World SF is geographically speaking incomplete The focus is mostly on Europe and Asia so there is much territory to explore Tidhar has managed to gather a bunch of quality stories though, and he hints that this may be the first part of a larger project What he has presented so far certainly leads me to believe there are of such jewels to be uncovered outside the anglophone sphere of Science F [...]

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    19. When i picked this book up, I first thought, Are these stories going to be too exotic, originating from other cultures Then I realized how stupid that was most sci fi is inherently about other cultures and 100% of fantasy is.Anyway, I found the stories very accessible Some might be appreciated if the reader understood of the culture out of which the story arose e.g the satirical Excerpt From a Letter by a Social Realist Aswan But most of the stories were OK, a couple were disappointing, and on [...]

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    20. The idea of an anthology of speculative fiction from all over the world is a vital one imagining the future from a purely Anglo American perspective is far too limiting As with most anthologies, there are stories that are fairly ordinary, but there are also some real standouts The ones that have stuck with me, as I read this collection slowly over the period of nearly a month, are first and foremost S P Somtow s chilling and vivid The Bird Catcher Thailand , Dean Francis Alfar s lovely fable The [...]

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    21. An okay collection of stories, not all SF or Fantasy some horror thrown in , that attempts to showcase fiction from a non Anglo Western perspective It partially succeeds, with some stories, like SP Somtow s The Bird Catcher having a definite asian non Western feel.One story that I was delighted to read, although not SF, was Tunku Halim s Biggest Baddest Bomoh , which dropped me back into Malaysia my home country like a good Lat cartoon drawing You have to be Malaysian Singaporean and read Lat s [...]

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    22. Mostly good except for the fact that they played a dirty trick on me at the end of the book The very last story in my copy of the e book only gives you the first paragraph or so of the story and then tells me that If I want to read the rest of the story I need to get my hands on the print copy of the book This would have been useful information to have before I bought the book not when I m almost finished it Since it was just one story I won t be bothering to try to find said print copy and if I [...]

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    23. A two star review looks bad, but two stars apparently means it was okay, which it was I ll be honest in saying I expected None of the stories really inspired or captivated me A few were interesting Some were unimpressive and I read through them quickly A note to prospective readers Several stories were quite light on, or only incidentally had, science fiction elements, which isn t what I expected from a science fiction anthology Speculative fiction might be a better label for several stories in [...]

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    24. Demasiado irregular para mi gusto, apenas se salvan tres o cuatro relatos y de ellos el de Aliette de Bodard ya lo conoc a y el resto me han resultado bastante flojos Supongo que un nuevo caso de gesti n de expectativas Esperaba m s CF y un tipo de historias menos can nicas y no he obtenido ni una cosa ni la otra.

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    25. Although well written and intriguing in some cases, it seemed to me only a few of the stories included could definitely fall into the category of sci fi as advertised Most of them seemed to either be pure fantasy or horror, and it just wasn t what I was expecting from a book with SF in the title.

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    26. Several great short stories, some horror or fantasy than science fiction Aliette de Bodard had a page turner My favorite was the Alexander Ziljak, which is also available through their magazine for free apex magazine an eveni

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    27. Most notable is that all of the the stories in this collection are set on a slightly askew Earth, not on distant galaxies a science fiction of anthropology, not physics Highly recommended, if only as a glimpse beyond the Western mind set.

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    28. Some of these stories are really inventive and fun Some are pretty boring I wonder if the difference between fun and meh in the translated works are due to the abilities of the translators rather than of the writers

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    29. A few free stories available here the Han Song story is worth the whole book as far as I m concerned Yang Ping s, not so much Still going through the others.

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    30. Because it turns out, Israelis can write SF Arabs can write SF Filipinos can write SF And I swear to god, the Low Countries ARE SF Plus, a story called Biggest Baddest Bomoh is something I gotta read.

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