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Taking something away from others — their possessions, their dignity, their liberty, their lives — is the root of taboo.All the stories in this, the fourth collection of tales from Plan B Magazine, touch on what happens when people put their will above that of others. Sometimes it’s amusing, other times heartbreaking, but it no matter what, someone’s day won’t be going according to plan.

Table of Contents

“Old Friends” by Frank Byrns
“Write Your Epitaph” by Laird Long
“An Unexpected Invitation” by Daniel Marshall Wood
“Bad John” by Adam Howe
“Death by Fiction” by J. M. Vogel
“The Chunk” by Michael McGlade
“The Basement” by MJ Gardner
“The Bulldog Ant is Not a Team Player” by Dan Stout
“The Mystery of the Missing Puskat” by Lavie Tidhar
“Other Wishes” by Richard Zwicker
“Afterwards” by Jeff Poole
“The World’s Best Coffee” by C. D. Reimer
“Zero Sum Game” by Doug J. Black
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Publisher
in potentia press
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Published on
May 20, 2014
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Pages
128
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ISBN
9780991783144
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Language
English
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An NPR Best Book of 2016
An Amazon Featured Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Book
A Guardian Best SF & Fantasy Book of 2016
Longlist, British Science Fiction Award 2016, Best Novel
2017 Arthur C. Clarke Award nominee


"It's all of science fiction distilled into a single book."
—Warren Ellis, author of Transmetropolitan and Gun Machine

A worldwide diaspora has left a quarter of a million people at the foot of a space station. Cultures collide in real life and virtual reality. The city is literally a weed, its growth left unchecked. Life is cheap, and data is cheaper.

When Boris Chong returns to Tel Aviv from Mars, much has changed. Boris’s ex-lover is raising a strangely familiar child who can tap into the datastream of a mind with the touch of a finger. His cousin is infatuated with a robotnik—a damaged cyborg soldier who might as well be begging for parts. His father is terminally-ill with a multigenerational mind-plague. And a hunted data-vampire has followed Boris to where she is forbidden to return.

Rising above them is Central Station, the interplanetary hub between all things: the constantly shifting Tel Aviv; a powerful virtual arena, and the space colonies where humanity has gone to escape the ravages of poverty and war. Everything is connected by the Others, powerful alien entities who, through the Conversation—a shifting, flowing stream of consciousness—are just the beginning of irrevocable change.

At Central Station, humans and machines continue to adapt, thrive...and even evolve.
An NPR Best Book of 2016
An Amazon Featured Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Book
A Guardian Best SF & Fantasy Book of 2016
Longlist, British Science Fiction Award 2016, Best Novel
2017 Arthur C. Clarke Award nominee


"It's all of science fiction distilled into a single book."
—Warren Ellis, author of Transmetropolitan and Gun Machine

A worldwide diaspora has left a quarter of a million people at the foot of a space station. Cultures collide in real life and virtual reality. The city is literally a weed, its growth left unchecked. Life is cheap, and data is cheaper.

When Boris Chong returns to Tel Aviv from Mars, much has changed. Boris’s ex-lover is raising a strangely familiar child who can tap into the datastream of a mind with the touch of a finger. His cousin is infatuated with a robotnik—a damaged cyborg soldier who might as well be begging for parts. His father is terminally-ill with a multigenerational mind-plague. And a hunted data-vampire has followed Boris to where she is forbidden to return.

Rising above them is Central Station, the interplanetary hub between all things: the constantly shifting Tel Aviv; a powerful virtual arena, and the space colonies where humanity has gone to escape the ravages of poverty and war. Everything is connected by the Others, powerful alien entities who, through the Conversation—a shifting, flowing stream of consciousness—are just the beginning of irrevocable change.

At Central Station, humans and machines continue to adapt, thrive...and even evolve.

"The Apex Book of SF series has proven to be an excellent way to
sample the diversity of world SFF and to broaden our understanding of
the genre's potentials."

--Ken Liu, winner of the Hugo Award and author of The Grace of Kings


These stories run the gamut from science fiction, to fantasy, to
horror. Some are translations (from German, Chinese, French, Spanish,
and Swedish), and some were written in English. The authors herein come
from Asia and Europe, Africa and Latin America. Their stories are all
wondrous and wonderful, and showcase the vitality and diversity that can
be found in the field. They are a conversation, by voices that should
be heart. And once again, editor Lavie Tidhar and Apex Publications are
tremendously grateful for the opportunity to bring them to our readers.


Table of Contents:

Introduction -- Lavie Tidhar

Courtship in the Country of Machine-Gods -- Benjanun Sriduangkaew (Thailand)

A Hundred Ghosts Parade Tonight -- Xia Jia (China)

Act of Faith -- Fadzilshah Johanabos (Malaysia)

The Foreigner -- Uko Bendi Udo (Nigeria)

The City of Silence -- Ma Boyong (China)

Planetfall -- Athena Andreadis (Greece)

Jungle Fever -- Zulaikha Nurain Mudzor (Malaysia)

To Follow the Waves -- Amal El-Mohtar (Lebanon/Canada)

Ahuizotl -- Nelly Geraldine García-Rosas (Mexico)

The Rare Earth -- Biram Mboob (Gambia)

Spider's Nest -- Myra Çakan (Germany)

Waiting with Mortals -- Crystal Koo (Philippines)

Three Little Children -- Ange (France)

Brita's Holiday Village -- Karin Tidbeck (Sweden)

Regressions -- Swapna Kishore (India)

Dancing on the Red Planet -- Berit Ellingsen (Korea/Norway)

Cover art by Sophia Tuska.

 

An NPR Best Book of 2016
An Amazon Featured Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Book
A Guardian Best SF & Fantasy Book of 2016
Longlist, British Science Fiction Award 2016, Best Novel
2017 Arthur C. Clarke Award nominee

"It's all of science fiction distilled into a single book."
—Warren Ellis, author of Transmetropolitan and Gun Machine

A worldwide diaspora has left a quarter of a million people at the foot of a space station. Cultures collide in real life and virtual reality. The city is literally a weed, its growth left unchecked. Life is cheap, and data is cheaper.

When Boris Chong returns to Tel Aviv from Mars, much has changed. Boris’s ex-lover is raising a strangely familiar child who can tap into the datastream of a mind with the touch of a finger. His cousin is infatuated with a robotnik—a damaged cyborg soldier who might as well be begging for parts. His father is terminally-ill with a multigenerational mind-plague. And a hunted data-vampire has followed Boris to where she is forbidden to return.

Rising above them is Central Station, the interplanetary hub between all things: the constantly shifting Tel Aviv; a powerful virtual arena, and the space colonies where humanity has gone to escape the ravages of poverty and war. Everything is connected by the Others, powerful alien entities who, through the Conversation—a shifting, flowing stream of consciousness—are just the beginning of irrevocable change.

At Central Station, humans and machines continue to adapt, thrive...and even evolve.
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