Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction & Fantasy

Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction & Fantasy

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*Nominated for the 2018 (Canadian SF&F) Aurora Award (Best Related Work) Finalist

*Nominated for the 2018 Alberta Book Publishing Award (Best Speculative Fiction) Finalist

*One story nominated for the 2018 World Fantasy Award Best Short Story Finalist

*Two stories nominated for the 2018 (Canadian SF&F) Aurora Award Best Short Fiction Finalist

*One story nominated for 2018 The Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic Short Story Shortlist

*One story selected for The Best Science Fiction of the Year, Volume 3 (ed. by Neil Clarke, Night Shades Book, April 2018)

“. . . this collection is essential for anyone interested in the diverse and engaging possibilities of fantasy and science fiction.” — Booklist (American Library Association)

“. . . this fascinating collection addresses issues of immigration, dual cultures, and ethnic issues through genre devices such as ghosts, steampunk robots, and planetary exploration. Sf readers looking to discover new voices will enjoy this volume that reflects the eclecticism of Asian culture.” — Library Journal

“. . . there’s a lot of good reading to be found in Where the Stars Rise.” — Locus (Gardner Dozois)

“This anthology was good, with the majority of the stories being either good or very good page-turners.” — Tangent

“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)

ISBNs:
Hardcover: 978-1-988140-04-9
Paperback: 978-0-9939696-5-2
ePub: 978-0-9939696-6-9
PDF: 978-0-9939696-7-6
Kindle: 978-0-9939696-8-3

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ALL EMOTIONS ARE UNIVERSAL.

WE LIVE, WE DREAM, WE STRIVE, WE DIE . . .

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
Acknowledgements
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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Booklist (American Library Association)

“. . . this collection is essential for anyone interested in the diverse and engaging possibilities of fantasy and science fiction.” More...

Library Journal

“. . . this fascinating collection addresses issues of immigration, dual cultures, and ethnic issues through genre devices such as ghosts, steampunk robots, and planetary exploration. Sf readers looking to discover new voices will enjoy this volume that reflects the eclecticism of Asian culture.” More...

Locus

“. . . there's a lot of good reading to be found in Where the Stars Rise.” — Gardner Dozois More . . .

SF Bluestocking

Where the Stars Rise is a wonderfully diverse collection of Asian science fiction and fantasy that deserves to be on the shelves of anyone serious about being well-read in the genre. Like all good anthologies, there’s something here for almost anyone, while at the same time the collection has a distinctive character that’s all its own.” More . . .

Tangent

“This anthology was good, with the majority of the stories being either good or very good page-turners.” More...
"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)

NetGalley

“This amazing anthology of brilliant works transcends past and present, delves into history and mythology, while dabbling in political commentary in these imaginative worlds.” --Krystal Kavita J. (Reviewer) “I'd say 80% of these stories were 3* or higher. Well done! There were literal mermaids, reincarnations, creepy-ass spiders, stories about grief, racism, kinship, oppression, and even superheroes! All either set in an Asian country (including West Asia... not always represented) or had an Asian main character. Truly loved it.” --Sam H. (Reviewer) “Having only read Ken Liu previously in this genre, I was excited to get a sampling of many other authors with this book. Like most short story collections, there are always going to be the stories that grab you, and the ones that you end up skimming through. This was no exception, but there were far more chapters that interested me than I was expecting based on previous experiences with short stories.I liked the diversity between different cultures, and the fact that India and other areas were not excluded - something I've seen in other books when referring to Asian countries. I'll be looking up these authors for other works!” --Librarian 384817 (Librarian) More . . .

We recognize that not everyone has the resources to buy this anthology, Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy. Since understanding different cultures and perspectives is such an important subject, please help us to reach as many readers as possible. Our dream is to have every library in the world having this anthology available for its library users.
One easy way you can help us is to submit or suggest this title to your local library (if this book resonates with you). It takes only a few minutes to complete online. Ebook is available through Overdrive or cloudLibrary (Bibiliotheca)
What you need for the library for print book:
Title: Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy
Author: Edited by Lucas K. Law and Derwin Mak
ISBN: 9780993969652 (PB), 9781988140049 (HC)
Publisher: Laksa Media Groups Inc.
Notes/Comments: The anthology (dealing with identities, belonging, and choices) has been recommended by Booklist and Library Journal. Also available on Overdrive or cloudLibrary (eBook: 9780993969669)

Help Us to Change the World, One Book at a Time

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)
Laksa Media Presents Stories Behind the Stories with Charlotte Ashley, A.M. Dellamonica, Susan Forest, Sandra Kasturi, Lucas K. Law, Karin Lowachee, Derwin Mak, Rati Mehrotra, Tony Pi, Melissa Yuan-Innes

October 13-15, 2017
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (Sheraton Ottawa Hotel, 150 Albert Street)
Can*Con 2017 Ottawa (Book Launch)
Charlotte Ashley, Susan Forest, Sandra Kasturi, Lucas K. Law, Derwin Mak, Rati Mehrotra, Matt Moore, Dominik Parisien, Kate Story, Hayden Trenholm, Liz Westbrook-Trenholm, Edward Willett
Laksa Presents: The Making of An Anthology 12 NOON (Salon E)
Laksa Presents: Learn the Stories Behind the Stories 3 PM (Salon D)
Nominated for the 2018 (Canadian SF&F) Aurora Award (Best Related Work category)
Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy (ed. by Lucas K. Law and Derwin Mak)

Nominated for the 2018 Alberta Book Publishing Award (Speculative Fiction of the Year category)
Where the Stars Rise: Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy (ed. by Lucas K. Law and Derwin Mak)

One story nominated -- 2018 World Fantasy Award Short Story category
Old Souls by Fonda Lee

Two stories nominated -- 2018 (Canadian SF&F) Aurora Award Short Fiction category
Rose's Arm by Calvin D. Jim
Old Souls by Fonda Lee

One story nominated -- 2018 The Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic -- Short Story Fiction category Shortlist
Meridian by Karin Lowachee

One story selected for The Best Science Fiction of the Year, Volume 3 (ed. by Neil Clarke, Night Shades Book, April 2018)
Meridian by Karin Lowachee

Four stories on Tangent Online Recommended Reading List 2017
Udātta Śloka by Deepak Bharathan
Decision by Joyce Chng
Old Souls by Fonda Lee
The Observer Effect by E.C. Myers