Category Archives: review

Review: The Book Censor’s Library by Bothayna Al-Essa

translated by Ranya Abdelrahman and Sawad Hussain original publication (in Arabic): 2023 this edition: Restless Books, 2024 grab a copy here or through your local independent bookstore or library “Reading a book about reading books is like entering a hall of mirrors: the experience is at once fascinating and disturbing. Like other stories about books

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Review: Spinner of Darkness and Other Tales by Intan Paramaditha

trilingual edition: English, German, Indonesian translated by Stephen J. Epstein (English), Pauline Kurbasik (German) Lontar, 2015 grab a copy here or through your local independent bookstore or library The four short stories in this lovely and haunting collection by Indonesian author Intan Paramaditha leave the reader feeling unmoored and unsure of what just happened. Each

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Review: It Happened Tomorrow: A Collection of 19 Select Science Fiction Stories from Various Indian Languages

edited by Bal Phondke various translators National Book Trust, India, 1993 grab a copy here or through your local independent bookstore or library translated stories: “The Ice Age Cometh” by Jayant V. Narlikar, tr. from Marathi by the author “The Impostor” by Bal Phondke, tr. from Marathi by the author “Einstein the Second” by Laxman

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Review: Behind the Red Mist by Ho Anh Thai

translated by Nguyen Qui Duc, Regina Abrami, Bac Hoai Tran, Phan Thanh Hao, and Dana Sachs Curbstone Press, 1998 grab a copy here or through your local independent bookstore or library speculative stories included: “The Goat Meat Special” (tr. Ho Anh Thai and Wayne Karlin) “The Man Who Believed in Fairy Tales” (tr. Ho Anh

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Review: The Cemetery of Chua Village and Other Stories by Doan Le

translated by Rosemary Nguyen, Duong Tuong, and Wayne Karlin Curbstone Press, 2005 grab a copy here or through your local independent bookstore or library speculative stories included: “The Cemetery of Chua Village” (tr. Rosemary Nguyen) “Achieving Flyhood” (tr. Rosemary Nguyen) “The Venus of Chua Village” (tr. Rosemary Nguyen) “The Clone” (tr. Duong Tuong with Wayne

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Review: The Inhumans and Other Stories: A Selection of Bengali Science Fiction

edited and translated by Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay MIT Press (part of the Radium Age Book Series), 2024 grab a copy here or through your local independent bookstore or library Contents: The Inhumans (Amanushik Manush) (1935) by Hemendrakumar Roy “Voyage to Venus” (“Shukra Bhraman”) (1895) by Jagadananda Ray “The Mystery of the Giant” (“Danab Rahassya”) (1931) by

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Review: Newton’s Brain by Jakub Arbes

translated by David Short original publication (in Czech): 1877 first English edition: Jantar Publishing, 2023 grab a copy here or through your local independent bookstore or library * spoilers ahead Eighteen years before H. G. Wells published his groundbreaking science fiction novella The Time Machine, Czech author, editor, and journalist Jakub Arbes published Newton’s Brain,

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Review: Stories by Cristina Jurado

translated by Sue Burke, Ines Galiano, Monica Louzon, Steve Redwood, and James Womack first English edition: Nevsky Books, 2018 new English edition: Calque Press, 2023 grab a copy here or through your local independent bookstore or library I first read Alphaland a few years ago and loved the stories’ creeping horror and dark mystery [see

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