Friday, August 3, 2012

"The Apex Book of World SF 2," ed. Lavie Tidhar


My review of Lavie Tidhar's The Apex Book of World SF 2 is up at Strange Horizons.
"The breadth of this anthology is striking. There are horror stories, steampunk battles, alien comedies, faerie tales, near-future hard SF, and post-apocalyptic wastelands all rolled in together. There's even some stuff that's just plain weird. The Apex Book of World SF 2 includes writers from South America, Africa, Europe, and Asia. It also includes writers living in America, but who are not American by birth, and writers from the English diaspora: Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. In short, the idea of world SF is complicated."
This was by far one of the most worthwhile anthologies I've read in a while, on the one hand because there are some fantastic stories, and on the other because it's really nice to read such a diversity of fiction. I especially enjoyed the stories from African authors (Tade Thompson's "Shadow" might have been my favourite story in the collection).

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