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The Apex Book of World SF 2 by Lavie Tidhar

The Apex Book of World SF 2

by Lavie Tidhar (Editor)

Other authors: Jacques Barcia (Contributor), Samit Basu (Contributor), Lauren Beukes (Contributor), Gustavo Bondoni (Contributor), Daliso Chaponda (Contributor)21 more, Joyce Chng (Contributor), Andrew Drilon (Contributor), Will Elliott (Contributor), Fábio Fernandes (Contributor), Raúl Flores (Contributor), Sergey Gerasimov (Contributor), Gail Hareven (Contributor), Ivor W. Hartmann (Contributor), Tim Jones (Contributor), Csilla Kleinheincz (Contributor), Rochita Loenen-Ruiz (Contributor), Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Contributor), Shweta Narayan (Contributor), Nnedi Okorafor (Contributor), Anabel Enríquez Piñeiro (Contributor), Chen Qiufan (Contributor), Hannu Rajaniemi (Contributor), Daniel Salvo (Contributor), Andrzej Sapkowski (Contributor), Ekaterina Sedia (Contributor), Tade Thompson (Contributor)

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Series: Apex Book of World SF (2), Apex Magazine (Book of World SF 2)

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(Disclaimer: I have a story in this anthology.) I enjoyed reading The Apex Book of World SF 2 a lot. Rather than going for the usual Anglo-American suspects, editor Lavie Tidhar has assembled an anthology of science fiction stories from authors around the world, with South America, Europe and Asia all especially well represented. Like any anthology, there are some stories that didn't grab me, but also a number I liked very much: my favourite was "The Sound of Breaking Glass" by Joyce Chng of Singapore, a delicate and moving story.

This anthology is well worth reading for its own sake - and well worth reading if you want a wider view of contemporary SF. ( )
  timjones | Jul 5, 2013 |
...The Apex Book of Word SF 2 is bigger, more geographically balanced and, if possible, more diverse than its predecessor. I'm impressed with Lavie's selection and the work it must have taken to collect these stories from all over the planet. In his afterword Charles Tan points out the numerous problems with the term world SF. I guess that if a review wants to, they could have a field day picking this anthology apart based on the difficult to define concept. Personally I don't see the point of doing that. The Apex Book of Word SF 2 aims to show the genre in all its diversity and tries to show that it is much more widespread than the English language world. In that respect it succeeds admirably. Not all stories in this collection work equally well for me but collectively they make a statement. Even in the days of instant communication, the world is larger and stranger than any one of us can possibly imagine. This anthology gives us a taste of it and invites us to explore the world of science fiction in the widest possible sense of the word. Working with such a fuzzy concept as world SF can't have been easy but Lavie has managed to create an anthology that no fan of the genre should ignore. I suggest you go do some exploring of your own.

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  Valashain | Sep 1, 2012 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Tidhar, LavieEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Barcia, JacquesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Basu, SamitContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Beukes, LaurenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bondoni, GustavoContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chaponda, DalisoContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chng, JoyceContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Drilon, AndrewContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Elliott, WillContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Fernandes, FábioContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Flores, RaúlContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gerasimov, SergeyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hareven, GailContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hartmann, Ivor W.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jones, TimContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kleinheincz, CsillaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Loenen-Ruiz, RochitaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Moreno-Garcia, SilviaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Narayan, ShwetaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Okorafor, NnediContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Piñeiro, Anabel EnríquezContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Qiufan, ChenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rajaniemi, HannuContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Salvo, DanielContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sapkowski, AndrzejContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sedia, EkaterinaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Thompson, TadeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cruz, RaúlCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tan, CharlesAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Yaniv, NirContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 193700905X, Paperback)

In The Apex Book of World SF 2, editor Lavie Tidhar collects short stories by science fiction and fantasy authors from Africa and Latin America.

An expedition to an alien planet; Lenin rising from the dead; a superhero so secret he does not exist. In The Apex Book of World SF 2, World Fantasy Award nominated editor Lavie Tidhar brings together a unique collection of stories from around the world. Quiet horror from Cuba and Australia; surrealist fantasy from Russia and epic fantasy from Poland; near-future tales from Mexico and Finland, as well as cyberpunk from South Africa. In this anthology one gets a glimpse of the complex and fascinating world of genre fiction—from all over our world.

Featuring work from noted international authors such as Will Elliot, Hannu Rajaniemi, Shweta Narayan, Lauren Beukes, Ekaterina Sedia, Nnedi Okorafor, and Andrzej Sapkowski.

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