Recommended by American Library Association (Booklist ), Library Journal, and Locus (Gardner Dozois)
2018 Alberta Book Publishing Award Winner (Speculative Fiction of the Year)
2018 (Canadian SF&F) Aurora Award Finalist (Best Related Work/Anthology)
One story nominated—2018 World Fantasy Awards Best Short Story Finalist
One story selected for The Best Science Fiction of the Year, Volume 3 (ed. by Neil Clarke)
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 . . .
AUTHORS: Anne Carly Abad, Deepak Bharathan, Joyce Chng, Miki Dare, S.B. Divya, Pamela Q. Fernandes, Calvin D. Jim, Minsoo Kang, Fonda Lee, Gabriela Lee, Karin Lowachee, Rati Mehrotra, E.C. Myers, Tony Pi, Angela Yuriko Smith, Priya Sridhar, Amanda Sun, Naru Dames Sundar, Jeremy Szal, Regina Kanyu Wang (translated by Shaoyan Hu), Diana Xin, Melissa Yuan-Innes, Ruhan Zhao.
Introduction by Elsie Chapman
Edited by Lucas K. Law and Derwin Mak
Anthologies in this series (Strangers Among Us, The Sum of Us, Where the Stars Rise) have been recommended by Publishers Weekly, Booklist (American Library Association), Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, School Library Journal, Locus, Foreword Reviews, and Quill & Quire.
Praise for WHERE THE STARS RISE
“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)
“Majority of the stories being either good or very good page-turners.” —Tangent
“A wealth of stories running the gamut from poignant to mindblowing, rewarding journeys both faraway and familiar.”—Aliette de Bodard, Nebula Award-winning author of 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
About the Author
Lucas K. Law is a Malaysian-born freelance editor and published author who divides his time and heart between Calgary and Qualicum Beach. He co-edited two anthologies, Strangers Among Us and The Sum of Us, with Susan Forest. They are currently working on their third anthology, Shades Within Us. With Derwin Mak, Lucas co-edited Where The Stars Rise. He has been a jury member for a number of fiction competitions including Nebula, RITA and Golden Heart awards.When Lucas is not editing, writing, or reading, he is an engineering consultant and business coach, specializing in mergers and acquisition (M&A) activities, asset evaluations, business planning, and corporate development.
Derwin Mak lives in Toronto. His short story "Transubstantiation" won the Aurora Award for Best Short Form Work in English in 2006. He and Eric Choi co-edited The Dragon and the Stars (DAW Books, 2010), the first anthology of science fiction and fantasy by overseas Chinese. It won the 2011 Aurora Award for Best Related Work in English. His two novels The Moon Under Her Feet and The Shrine of the Siren Stone are science fiction that deal with religious themes in Christianity, Shintoism, and Buddhism. Derwin coedited the Speculative Fiction Issue of Ricepaper magazine with JF Garrard in 2014. He and Lucas K. Law co-edited Where The Stars Rise (Laksa Media). He is currently acquiring documents and photographs about Toronto's Chinese Canadian science fiction writers for the Toronto Public Library's Chinese Canadian Archives, a new collection about the history of Toronto's Chinese community.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Lucas K. Law; Introduction by Elsie Chapman; Spirit of Wine by Tony Pi; The dataSultan of Streets and Stars by Jeremy Szal; Weaving Silk by Amanda Sun; Vanilla Rice by Angela Yuriko Smith; Looking Up by S.B. Divya; A Star is Born by Miki Dare; My Left Hand by Ruhan Zhao; DNR by Gabriela Lee; A Visitation for the Spirit Festival by Diana Xin; Rose's Arm by Calvin D. Jim; Back to Myan (translated by Shaoyan Hu) by Regina Kanyu Wang; Meridian by Karin Lowachee; Joseon Fringe by Pamela Q. Fernandes; Wintry Hearts of Those Who Rise by Minsoo Kang; Udātta Śloka by Deepak Bharathan; Crash by Melissa Yuan-Innes; Memoriam by Priya Sridhar; The Observer Effect by E.C. Myers; Decision by Joyce Chng; Moon Halves by Anne Carly Abad; The Bridge of Dangerous Longings by Rati Mehrotra; Old Souls by Fonda Lee; The Orphans of Nilaveli by Naru Dames Sundar; Afterword by Derwin Mak; Acknowledgements; About the Contributors; About the Editors; Copyright Acknowledgements; Appendix: Mental Health Resources and Anti-Discrimination Resources