The Apex Book of World SF: Volume 4 (Apex World of Speculative Fiction)

Now firmly validated because the benchmark anthology sequence of overseas speculative fiction, quantity four of The Apex publication of global SF sees debut editor Mahvesh Murad convey clean new eyes to her collection of stories.

From Spanish steampunk and Italian horror to Nigerian technological know-how fiction and subverted jap folktales, from love for the time of drones to kids on the finish of the realm, the tales during this quantity exhibit the simplest of up to date speculative fiction, anywhere it’s written.

"Important to the way forward for not just overseas authors, however the complete SF community."
—Strange Horizons

Featuring:
Vajra Chandrasekera (Sri Lanka) — "Pockets filled with Stones"
Yukimi Ogawa (Japan) — "In Her Head, In Her Eyes"
Zen Cho (Malaysia) — "The 4 Generations of Chang E"
Shimon Adaf (Israel) — "Like A Coin Entrusted in religion" (Translated by means of the author)
Celeste Rita Baker (Virgin Islands) — "Single Entry"
Nene Ormes (Sweden) — "The sturdy topic" (Translated Lisa J Isaksson and Nene Ormes)
JY Yang (Singapore) — "Tiger Baby"
Isabel Yap (Philippines) — "A Cup of Salt Tears"
Usman T Malik (Pakistan) — "The Vaporization Enthalpy of a unusual Pakistani Family"
Kuzhali Manickavel (India) — "Six issues We came upon in the course of the Autopsy"
Elana Gomel (Israel) — "The Farm"
Haralambi Markov (Bulgaria) — "The Language of Knives"
Sabrina Huang — "Setting Up domestic" (Translated by means of Jeremy Tiang)
Sathya Stone (Sri Lanka) — "Jinki and the Paradox"
Johann Thorsson (Iceland) — "First, chew a Finger"
Dilman Dila (Uganda) — "How My Father grew to become a God"
Swabir Silayi (Kenya) — "Colour Me Grey"
Deepak Unnikrishnan (The Emirates) — "Sarama"
Chinelo Onwualu (Nigeria) — "The present of Touch"
Saad Z. Hossain (Bangaldesh) — "Djinns reside through the Sea"
Bernardo Fernández (Mexico) — "The final Hours of the ultimate Days" (Translated via the author)
Natalia Theodoridou (Greece) — "The 11 Holy Numbers of the Mechanical Soul"
Samuel Marolla (Italy) — "Black Tea" (Translated by means of Andrew Tanzi)
Julie Novakova (Czech Republic) — "The Symphony of Ice and Dust"
Thomas Olde Heuvelt (Netherlands) — "The Boy Who forged No Shadow" (Translated through Laura Vroomen)
Sese Yane (Kenya) — "The Corpse"
Tang Fei — "Pepe" (Translated by way of John Chu)
Rocío Rincón (Spain) — "The girl of the Soler Colony" (Translated by means of James and Marian Womack)

Cover artwork and layout via Sarah Anne Langton.

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