A Datin recalls her romance with an orang bunian. A teenage pontianak struggles to balance homework, bossy aunties, first love, and eating people. An earth spirit gets entangled in protracted negotiations with an annoying landlord, and Chang E spins off into outer space, the ultimate metaphor for the Chinese diaspora.
The ebook edition of Zen Cho's Crawford Award-winning SPIRITS ABROAD features 15 speculative short stories, author commentary, and an ebook-only cover by artist Likhain (likhain.net).
Science fiction is all about outrageous ideas. Nice Malay girls breaking the rules. Censorship. Brain drain. Moral policing. Migrant exploitation. All the stuff of fiction, obviously.
But these 14 short stories take it one step further. The nice Malay girls are cyborgs. The spambots are people. The brains have drained into cyberspace, and the censorship is inside your head.
Welcome to Cyberpunk: Malaysia.
(Contents in this ebook are exactly the same as the print version, just with a different cover.)
Underneath Her Tudung / Angeline Woon
Codes / Anna Tan
Personal / Sharmilla Ganesan
Attack of The Spambots / Terence Toh
ONE HUNDRED YEARS: Machine / Rafil Elyas
What the Andromaid Reads at Night / Ted Mahsun
KAKAK / William Tham Wai Liang
The Wall That Wasn’t a Wall / Kris Williamson
The Twins / Adiwijaya Iskandar
October 11 / Chin Ai-May
Undercover in Tanah Firdaus / Tina Isaacs
Unusual Suspects / Tariq Kamal
The White Mask / Zedeck Siew
Extracts from DMZINE #13 (January 2115) / Foo Sek Han
(Buku Fixi) (Fixi Novo)
In the tenth court of hell, spirits wealthy enough to bribe the bureaucrats of the underworld can avoid both the torments of hell and the irreversible change of reincarnation.
It's a comfortable undeath … even for Siew Tsin. She didn't choose to be married to the richest man in hell, but she's reconciled. Until her husband brings home a new bride.
Yonghua is an artificial woman crafted from terracotta -- but that's not all she is. What she is may change hell for good. Who she is will transform Siew Tsin. And as they grow closer, the mystery of Yonghua's creation will draw Siew Tsin into a conspiracy where the stakes are eternal life – or a very final death.
THE TERRACOTTA BRIDE is an 11,000-word standalone fantasy novelette.
For writer Jade Yeo, the Roaring Twenties are coming in with more of a purr -- until she pillories London's best-known author in a scathing review.
Sebastian Hardie is tall, dark and handsome -- and more intrigued than annoyed. Jade is irresistibly drawn to the prospect of adventure he offers. But if she succumbs to temptation, she risks losing her hard-won freedom -- and her best chance for love.
The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo is a 23,000-word historical romance novella.
Featuring new fiction by Sam J. Miller & Lara Elena Donnelly, Karin Tidbeck, Sarah Monette, Tina Connolly, Troy L. Wiggins, and Tansy Rayner Roberts, reprinted fiction by Zen Cho and Rachel Swirsky, essays by Dimas Ilaw, Tim Pratt, Mallory Yu, Mari Ness, and Natalie Luhrs, and poetry by Nin Harris, Sharon Hsu, Sara Cleto & Brittany Warman, Betsy Aoki, Cassandra Khaw, Valerie Valdes, Millie Ho, and Dominik Parisien, interviews with Sam J. Miller & Lara Elena Donnelly and Tansy Rayner Roberts by Shana DuBois, a cover by Julie Dillon, a guest editorial by Julia Rios, and an editorial by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas.