The World SF Bundle, curated by Lavie Tidhar:
Over ten years ago I came up with the crazy idea of an anthology collecting speculative fiction stories from around the world. The resultant collection – The Apex Book of World SF – came out in 2009 and has since spawned a series of books, with the fifth volume coming out later this year. Over the course of that decade I encountered some brilliant writers, and was able to watch what had once seemed impossible – overseas writers flourishing in the genre world – come to seem a matter of course.
While translation continues to pose a significant barrier, many new enthusiasts have contributed to surmounting the problem. In this bundle we have a comprehensive anthology of translated Spanish speculative fiction, Castles in Spain, as well as a wonderful novel from Japan, A Small Charred Face, made possible through the Haikasoru imprint dedicated to translated Japanese speculative fiction. In addition, we are offering all four of the current Apex Book of World SF anthologies, in which you may encounter many writers new to you, many of them translated from the original languages.
Click here to read much more about the bundle, and make sure to click on each cover for reviews and a preview of all the books!
The Secret History of Moscow by Ekaterina Sedia
"The prose and the atmosphere is beautiful and decaying, and everything's grey with astonishing little bursts of unforgettable colour… Deep, dark, remarkable stuff."– Neil Gaiman
Servant of the Underworld by Aliette de Bodard
"Amid the mud and maize of the Mexica empire, Aliette de Bodard has composed a riveting story of murder, magic and sibling rivalry."– Elizabeth Bear
The Apex Book of World SF: Vol. 4 by Mahvesh Murad
"If provoking a "sense of wonder" is one of the primary effects of the genre, there's wonder and strangeness enough in the anthology, which also manages to elude the cozy middle-class trappings of privilege that usually make "standard" science fiction so boring and predictable."– LA Review of Books
The Apex Book of World SF: Vol. 1-3 by Lavie Tidhar
"Important to the future of not only international authors, but the entire SF community."– Strange Horizons
A Small Charred Face by Kazuki Sakuraba
"While the vampire frame is central to the plot, the novel is quiet, with little violence. Though horror in a sense, this is mostly a thoughtful coming-of-age tale about familial love and life with all of its blessings and hardships, related in an authentic voice. A compelling tale perfect for those craving something other than the usual fairy-tale retellings."– Booklist (starred review)
Spirits Abroad by Zen Cho
"Spirits Abroad cements my feeling that [Cho] is one of the most exciting voices in genre writing right now. Her wry and incisive portraits of Malaysian folklore and culture are fascinating to an outsider like myself, but what makes her remarkable as a genre writer is the light, assured touch of her fantastic worldbuilding, and the humor she leavens it with. An excellent collection in its own right, Spirits Abroad is also hopefully a promise of even greater things to come."– Strange Horizons
Prime Meridian by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
"A moving story about a women dreaming of life on Mars, it was one of the highlight novellas of the year"– Jonathan Strahan, The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Volume Twelve
Rupert Wong, Cannibal Chef by Cassandra Khaw
"Madcap, macabre and violently funny. The more creative descriptions of gore, and the special guest appearance of one pantheon in particular, pull the tale somewhere into the interstitial space between urban fantasy and horror, but brave readers will be richly rewarded if they choose to follow. It's probably safe."– N. K. Jemisin, New York Times
Azanian Bridges by Nick Wood
"I read Bridges with much pleasure… Chilling and fascinating."– Ursula K. Le Guin
Pay what you want! You choose how much you want to pay for these awesome books. (Click on each book above to check them out.) You decide how much of your purchase goes to the author and how much goes to help keep StoryBundle running. If your purchase price beats $15, you get SIX more books: The Apex Book of World SF: Vol. 1-3 edited by Lavie Tidhar, Spirits Abroad by Zen Cho, Prime Meridian by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Rupert Wong, Cannibal Chef by Cassandra Khaw, Castles in Spain edited by Mariano Villarreal adn Azanian Bridges by Nick Wood!
Zero DRM. There's no DRM on any of our books. None. Why? For one, we don't believe DRM actually stops people from sharing what they want to share. Second, and most importantly, we don't believe we should be treating our customers as criminals. So go ahead and put these on your tablets, Kindles and smartphones, but if a friend wants to read the bundle, please have them buy one for themselves. With pay-what-you-want, we believe there's a price for everyone. Or better yet, buy one for them as a gift. Help support indie authors!
Support nonprofits. Best of all, you can also give a portion of the proceeds from each bundle to charity. To learn more about these charities and those they help, click the "Learn More" link next the charities when you purchase.
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