API Heritage Month 2008
Welcome to the Carl Brandon Society’s Asian and Pacific Islander specfic blog carnival. This carnival is presented as an end-of-the- month celebration of API contributions to the speculative fiction genres.
Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Carole McDonnell presents Bryan Thao Worra: Laotian-American Speculative Fiction Writer posted at Dark Parables – Reviews from a Christian Sister.
Gene van Troyer presents Proceedings of `Eighth national conference for science fiction writers ‘ posted at Science Fiction in India.
Gene van Troyer presents Philippine Speculative Fiction » 2007 Philippine Speculative Fiction Lists posted at Philippine Speculative Fiction, saying, “Excerpt: “Sorry, the Philippines has neither the Hugos nor the Nebulas (or even the Stoker) so instead, four SF&F fans posts their lists of favorite local speculative fiction short stories that was published in the previous year … From the usual suspects (Philippine Speculative Fiction, Philippine Genre Stories and Story Philippines), 2007 saw new doors open which included a lifestyle magazine (Rogue) and off-shore e-zines which published Filipino Authors (Town Drunk, Serendipity and Clarkesworld).””
Gene van Troyer presents green blood posted at notes from the peanut gallery, saying, “Excerpt: “Manila Prints Sydney and Manila releases ‘Green Blood and Other Stories’, a collection of short stories by a talented new author Erwin Cabucos. Fifteen short stories exploring a range of themes, including intercultural marriage, racism, social justice, bullying, religious beliefs and growing up Filipino are packed in this new literary feast.””
Gene van Troyer presents Running to Neverland posted at Twelve Hours Later, saying, “Excerpt: “Pan Haitian’s Run, Dajiao! Run, – Pan’s most recent work has been in the realm of fantasy, and he’s been involved with Jin He Zai in the Novoland project, an attempt to build an indigenous fantasy universe.””
ng for cbs presents First Impressions: Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World posted at Nancy O. Greene, saying, “Initial thoughts on Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami.”
That concludes this edition. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.
The CARL BRANDON SOCIETY also recommended the following speculative fiction books for Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month:
Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang A collection of stories from one of American speculative fiction’s most precise and beautiful writers.
Atomik Aztek by Sesshu Foster An Aztec prince or a Los Angeles meatpacker? The protagonist travels back and forth between two alternative realities, never sure which is real.
Hopeful Monsters by Hiromi Goto Wonderful stories by the author of The Kappa Child.
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro In a dystopian England, three children discover that they are clones produced to provide organs to the sick.
Salt Fish Girl by Larissa Lai Science fiction set in a dystopian near future in which corporate enclaves house lucky employees, leaving most of humanity to deal with increasingly strange ecological developments.
The Poet’s Journey by Amirthi Mohanraj (illustrated by Kat Beyer) A young poet sets out into the wide world on a journey to find poetry; with the help of a few magical creatures, she finds more than she ever expected.
Hardboiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami Mad experiments with the unleashed potential of the dreaming brain.
Of Love and Other Monsters by Vandana Singh The main character wakes up from a fire and doesn’t know who he is, but can sense and manipulate the minds of others. He is not alone in this ability. Singh takes us on a metamind ride.
The Arrival by Shaun Tan A wordless graphic novel about immigration and displacement.
On the Other Side of the Eye by Bryan Thao Worra Speculative poems that take us from the secret wars of the CIA in Laos to the secret edges of the human soul and the universe.
Thanks to Nancy Greene for coordinating the Carl Brandon Society’s first blog carnival. Look for more carnivals in the near future.