Twenty-six new short stories representing the state of the art in international science fiction. 'Rare and wonderful' The Times The future is coming. It knows no bounds, and neither should science fiction. They say the more things change the more they stay the same. But over the last hundred years, science fiction has changed. Vibrant new generations of writers have sprung up across the globe, proving the old adage false. From Ghana to India, from Mexico to France, from Singapore to Cuba, they draw on their unique backgrounds and culture, changing the face of the genre one story at a time. Prepare yourself for a journey through the wildest reaches of the imagination, to visions of Earth as it might be and the far corners of the universe. Along the way, you will meet robots and monsters, adventurers and time travellers, rogues and royalty. In The Best of World SF, award-winning author Lavie Tidhar acts as guide and companion to a world of stories, from never-before-seen originals to award winners, from twenty-three countries and seven languages. Because the future is coming and it belongs to us all. Stories:'Immersion' by Aliette de Bodard 'Debtless' by Chen Qiufan 'Fandom for Robots' by Vina Jie-Min Prasad 'Virtual Snapshots' by Tlotlo Tsamaase 'What The Dead Man Said' by Chinelo Onwualu 'Delhi' by Vandana Singh 'The Wheel of Samsara' by Han Song 'Xingzhou' by Yi-Sheng Ng 'Prayer' by Taiyo Fujii 'The Green Ship' by Francesco Verso 'Eyes of the Crocodile' by Malena Salazar Macia 'Bootblack' by Tade Thompson 'The Emptiness in the Heart of all Things' by Fabio Fernandes 'The Sun From Both Sides' by R.S.A. Garcia 'Dump' by Cristina Jurado 'Rue Chair' by Gerardo Horacio Porcayo 'His Master's Voice' by Hannu Rajaniemi 'Benjamin Schneider's Little Greys' by Nir Yaniv 'The Cryptid' by Emil H. Petersen 'The Bank of Burkina Faso' by Ekaterina Sedia 'An Incomplete Guide...' by Kuzhali Manickavel 'The Old Man with The Third Hand' by Kofi Nyameye 'The Green' by Lauren Beukes 'The Last Voyage of Skidbladnir' by Karin Tidbeck 'Prime Meridian' by Silvia Moreno-Garcia 'If At First You Don't Succeed' by Zen Cho
About the Author
Lavie Tidhar is the World Fantasy Award-winning author of Osama (2011), The Violent Century (2013), the Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize-winning A Man Lies Dreaming (2014), and the Campbell Award-winning Central Station (2016), in addition to many other works and several other awards. His latest novels are the Locus Award nominated Unholy Land (2018) and debut children's novel Candy (2018). He works across genres, combining detective and thriller modes with poetry, science fiction and historical and autobiographical material. His work has been compared to that of Philip K. Dick by the Guardian and the Financial Times, and to Kurt Vonnegut's by Locus.
"This excellent anthology proves editor Tidhar’s assertion that science fiction should no longer be thought of as 'white, male, and American'. . . . Worthwhile both as a survey of international sci-fi and on a story-by-story level, this wonderful anthology should be a hit with any sci-fi fan.” —Publishers Weekly
★ "All of these stories come together to create a rich and well-curated collection full of surprising narratives and vast worlds that will delight any science fiction fan." —Booklist, starred review