Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction & Fantasy

Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction & Fantasy

Release Date: October 8, 2017

“A wealth of stories running the gamut from poignant to mind-blowing, rewarding journeys both faraway and familiar.”
–Aliette de Bodard, Nebula Award-winning author of the Dominion of the Fallen saga

Where the Stars Rise is a hell of a lot of fun. Great writers, magnificent storytelling, and worlds I wanted to spend a lot more time in—no matter how dangerous they were. I had a blast reading it.”   —Rob Boffard, author of the Outer Earth series (Tracer, Zero-G, Impact)

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Follow twenty-three science fiction and fantasy authors on their journeys through Asia and beyond. Stories that explore magic and science. Stories about love, revenge, and choices. Stories that challenge ideas about race, belonging, and politics. Stories about where we come from and where we are going.

Each wrestling between ghostly pasts and uncertain future. Each trying to find a voice in history.

Orphans and drug-smuggling in deep space. Mechanical arms in steampunk Vancouver. Djinns and espionage in futuristic Istanbul. Humanoid robot in steamy Kerala. Monsters in the jungles of Cebu. Historic time travel in Gyeongbok Palace. A rocket launch in post-apocalyptic Tokyo. A drunken ghost in Song Dynasty China. A displaced refugee skating on an ice planet. And much more.

Embrace them as you take on their journeys. And don’t look back . . .

Foreword------------------------------------------------------	Lucas K. Law
Introduction--------------------------------------------------	Elsie Chapman
Spirit of Wine------------------------------------------------	Tony Pi	
The dataSultan of Streets and Stars---------------------------	Jeremy Szal
Weaving Silk--------------------------------------------------	Amanda Sun
Vanilla Rice--------------------------------------------------	Angela Yuriko Smith
Looking Up----------------------------------------------------	S.B. Divya
A Star is Born------------------------------------------------	Miki Dare
My Left Hand--------------------------------------------------	Ruhan Zhao
DNR-----------------------------------------------------------	Gabriela Lee
A Visitation for the Spirit Festival--------------------------	Diana Xin
Rose's Arm----------------------------------------------------	Calvin D. Jim
Back to Myan (translated by Shaoyan Hu)-----------------------	Regina Kanyu Wang
Meridian------------------------------------------------------	Karin Lowachee
Joseon Fringe-------------------------------------------------	Pamela Q. Fernandes
Wintry Hearts of Those Who Rise-------------------------------	Minsoo Kang
Udātta Śloka--------------------------------------------------	Deepak Bharathan
Crash---------------------------------------------------------	Melissa Yuan-Innes
Memoriam------------------------------------------------------	Priya Sridhar
The Observer Effect-------------------------------------------	E.C. Myers
Decision------------------------------------------------------	Joyce Chng
Moon Halves---------------------------------------------------	Anne Carly Abad
The Bridge of Dangerous Longings------------------------------	Rati Mehrotra
Old Souls-----------------------------------------------------	Fonda Lee
The Orphans of Nilaveli---------------------------------------	Naru Dames Sundar
Afterword-----------------------------------------------------	Derwin Mak
About the Contributors
About the Editors
Copyright Acknowledgements
Appendix: Mental Health Resources and Anti-Discrimination Resources
Book Cover and Interior Design by Samantha Beiko

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Sell Sheet/Tip Sheet for Where the Stars Rise

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August 13, 2017 – 1 PM
Calgary, AB (Fireside Room, Delta Hotel Calgary South, 135 Southland Drive SE)
When Words Collide (Pre-Book Launch)
Miki Dare, Susan Forest, Bev Geddes, Calvin D. Jim, Lucas K. Law, Fonda Lee, Heather Osborne, Hayden Trenholm, Liz Westbrook-Trenholm, Edward Willett with special guest, Vanessa Cardui

October 11, 2017 – 7 PM
Toronto, Ontario, Canada ((Lillian H. Smith Library Branch, 3rd Floor, 239 College Street)
The Friends of the Merril Collection at The Lillian H. Smith Branch, Toronto Public Library (Book Launch)
Charlotte Ashley, A.M. Dellamonica, Susan Forest, Lucas K. Law, Karin Lowachee, Derwin Mak, Rati Mehrotra, Tony Pi

October 13-15, 2017 (date and time TBD)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Sheraton Ottawa Hotel, 150 Albert Street)
Can*Con 2017 Ottawa (Book Launch)
Susan Forest, Sandra Kasturi, Lucas K. Law, Derwin Mak, Matt Moore, Kate Story, Hayden Trenholm, Liz Westbrook-Trenholm, Edward Willett