Edited by Jaymee Goh & Joyce Chng
This steampunk anthology is a collection of 12 stories written by Southeast-Asian writers, which feature folklore, myths and peculiarities of the region's history, culture and spaces.
Diverse authors create different worlds as well as imagine alternative histories and futures. The familiar fighting spiders are upgraded with armour, boat people seek new homes in new dimensions and imperial war machines are dismantled.
Edited by Fabio Fernandes & Djibril al-Ayad
Featuring perspectives and viewpoints of the colonised, sixteen authors craft speculative fiction stories on the themes of colonialism and cultural imperialism. In this anthology's afterword, author Ekaterina Sedia writes:
"We can still create the future, and try to hope that it will be treated better than our past. The writers in his book are taking a step int hat direction – because the frontier that they see is one not in space but in time, a time when all voices are heard and all stories are listened to, when no history is erased."
The speculative anthology covers a range of speculative genres from authors across Asia: hard science fiction, alternative realities, steampunk, dark fantasies and biopunk adventures.
Edited by Rajat Chaudhuri and Zafar Anjum (Series)
This anthology of speculative fiction encompasses a diverse repertoire of voices from the Indian sub-continent, Southeast Asia and East Asia as well as the Asian diasporas. Imaginations take flight on the possibilities that challenge or extend our realities in the collection of science fiction, horror and fantasy genres.
The sixteen short stories explore asteroid stations with a deadly secret, dystopian visions of human population control and artificial intelligence and androids our homes. Going beyond the fantastical, horror and science-fiction, these stories deal with the quintessential human conditions of love, loss, identity and more.
Edited by Zen Cho
Cyberpunk: Malaysia is an anthology of fourteen short cyberpunk stories by Malaysian authors. Some of the stories in the collection are marked by the aesthetics stereotypical of the sub-genre of cyberpunk, while others engage with brief science fiction elements.
At the core of this anthology is a social commentary on our current world: religion, politics, identity, economic inequality and migrant issues.
Edited by Dean Francis Alfar & Nikki Alfar
The Philippine Speculative Fiction series began in 2005 and features Filipino writing spanning across genres of fantasy, science fiction, horror and more. In the fourth instalment of the series, the anthology of 24 original short stories is written by new and returning authors.
The narratives in the collection introduce to readers the possibilities and impossibilities of an online business venture selling temporary diseases for the masses, travelling to parallel universes, and alternate histories.
Raissa Rivera Falgui is a Filipino writer of contemporary speculative, young adult and children's fiction. Her stories have been published in multiple anthologies, and this is her first published collection of science fiction.
Encompassing science-fiction elements and tropes, this collection of short stories imagines both present and futuristic visions of Philippine issues and settings. The first in the collection, "Virtual Centre" is the 2002 Palanca Awards first-prize winner for Futuristic Fiction – a perennial tale of class divide set in a future where the rich are able to live virtually while the poor serve their needs. The post-apocalyptic story, "the Beautiful and the Whole" engages with the legalities of marriage, reproduction and population control.
Edited by Rosemary Lim and Maisarah Abu Samah
The Steampowered Globe is a speculative fiction anthology from Singapore, featuring seven short stories that cross genres of science fiction and fantasy. This collection is the third collaboration between AS¡FF (Asian Science Fiction & Fantasy) and the Happy Smiley Writers Group.
Written by Singaporeans, these steampunk stories touch on familiar tropes found in the West. Androids, airships and bioengineering are just some of the ways that fill the alternate or future realities.
Edited by Neil Clarke, Sean Wallace, Kate Baker and Gardner Dozois
A finalist for the Nebula, Hugo and Sturgeon awards, Vina Jie-Min Prasad's "A Series of Steak", was published in this American fantasy and science fiction magazine, Clarkesworld. The Singapore writer's story centres on two women in Nanjing who create counterfeit quality beef.
Edited by Jason Erik Lundberg
This anthology of 22 original short stories from Singapore covers a range of speculative fiction, from science fiction to steampunk to pre- and post-apocalypse.
While old and new worlds are imagined in this book, moments of the familiar and quotidian life in Singapore is envisaged with bureaucratic protocols and silent faces on MRT trains. Universal themes of power, identity, family, love and loss run through the stories in this home-grown anthology.
Edited by Jason Erik Lundberg
The ten issues of LONTAR: The Journal of Southeast Asian speculative fiction showcases a diverse range of talented authors from the region, whose distinct experiences and culture have allowed them to remake myths and legends and reimagine alternate present and histories and envision futures-yet to be.
In the inaugural issue of the journal, readers can dive into a post-apocalyptic Manila and a utopian Kuala Lumpur.
Teo Xue Shen
Longlisted for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize, 18 Walls was written by Teo while serving out his national service.
This young adult novel follows a squad of genetically enhanced 18-year-olds who are ordered to fight off the Savages that are stalking outside the 18 walls which protect the city from death.
2084 is a science fiction satire set in Singapore, where humans have explored and conquered Mars, Jupiter and the Asteroids. In the future, a mega-corporation, Singapore's RMMC controls inter-planetary mining rights, and water is a precious and costly commodity on Earth.
Kevin Martens Wong
Mixing myth, sci-fi and alternate histories, Altered Straits charts two timelines for the reader: Merlions are weaponised in 1947 and a dystopian Singapore in 2047 is in ruins. One of the protagonists travels back in time to retrieve a merlion, in hopes to save Singapore from being overtaken by a hive-intelligence.
The co-winner of Fiction in English for the Singapore Literature Prize (2020) and winner of the 2019 Singapore Book Awards for Best Literary Work, Lion City is Ng's first collection of short stories.
The stories in this collection weaves myth, magical realism and contemporary sci-fi, and turns Singapore stereotypes and tropes on its head.
Edited by R.S. Bhathal, Dudley de Souza, and Kirpal Singh.
The Singapore Science Centre organised an English-language sci-fi short story competition in 1979. It hoped to develop "the writing skills of Singaporeans and at the same time promote the idea of science as part of culture". The competition was co-organised with the Society of Singapore Writers and the Rotary Club of Singapore, and attracted 108 entries. During the prize presentation ceremony, then Minister of State for Education Tony Tan said that "science fiction is concerned with the future society and its problems, and can be regarded as a 'history of the future'".
An immortal, Landon Locke, has lived through more than a century of Singapore's history, but suffers from amnesia. As he struggles to piece his reality, a mysterious organisation CODEX is hunting him for the secret to his immortality. Tham Cheng-E's debut novel was shortlisted for Epigram Book Fiction Prize in 2016.
小寒, author and illustrator
சித்துராஜ் பொன்ராஜ், author
மில்லத் அஹ்மது, compiler
Hassan Hasaa'ree Ali
Farihan Bahron, 1979-, author / M. Sharif Ishnin, 1973- illustrator / Syahidatul Munirah, 1990-, editor