“Spore” by Tang Fei, translated from the Chinese by Andy Dudak (Clarkesworld, May 1).
Solo Viola: A Post-Exotic Novel by Antoine Volodine, translated from the French by Lia Swope Mitchell (University of Minnesota Press, May 11).
In one of his first forays into post-exoticism, Antoine Volodine takes the reader into a fictional world where a variety of characters collide. All are trying to survive in an absurd and hostile environment of authoritarian spectacle, at the mercy of a tyrannical buffoon, and seeking the strange counterbalance of hope in a viola player, whose stunning music might save them all.
To the Warm Horizon by Choi Jin-young, translated from the Korean by Soje (Honford Star, May 15).
A group of Koreans are making their way across a disease-ravaged landscape—but to what end? To the Warm Horizon shows how in a post-apocalyptic world, humans will still seek purpose, kinship, and even intimacy. Focusing on two young women, Jina and Dori, who find love against all odds, Choi Jin-young creates a dystopia where people are trying to find direction after having their worlds turned upside down.
“A Brief History of Russian Science Fiction” by Alex Shvartsman (Clarkesworld, May 1).