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Where the Stars Rise

Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy · Laksa Anthology: Speculative Fiction

by Fonda Lee Author · S.B. Divya Author


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Recommended by American Library Association (". . . this collection is essential for anyone interested in the diverse and engaging possibilities of fantasy and science fiction"—Booklist), Library Journal and Locus (Gardner Dozois).

One story selected for The Best Science Fiction of the Year, Volume 3 (ed. by Neil Clarke, Night Shades Book, April 2018)



Follow twenty-three science fiction and fantasy authors on their journeys through Asia and beyond. Stories that explore magic and science. Stories about love, revenge, and choices. Stories that challenge ideas about race, belonging, and politics. Stories about where we come from and where we are going.

Each wrestling between ghostly pasts and uncertain future. Each trying to find a voice in history.

Orphans and drug-smuggling in deep space. Mechanical arms in steampunk Vancouver. Djinns and espionage in futuristic Istanbul. Humanoid robot in steamy Kerala. Monsters in the jungles of Cebu. Historic time travel in Gyeongbok Palace. A rocket launch in post-apocalyptic Tokyo. A drunken ghost in Song Dynasty China. A displaced refugee skating on an ice planet. And much more.

Embrace them as you take on their journeys. And don't look back . . .

AUTHORS: Anne Carly Abad, Deepak Bharathan, Joyce Chng, Miki Dare, S.B. Divya, Pamela Q. Fernandes, Calvin D. Jim, Minsoo Kang, Fonda Lee, Gabriela Lee, Karin Lowachee, Rati Mehrotra, E.C. Myers, Tony Pi, Angela Yuriko Smith, Priya Sridhar, Amanda Sun, Naru Dames Sundar, Jeremy Szal, Regina Kanyu Wang (translated by Shaoyan Hu), Diana Xin, Melissa Yuan-Innes, Ruhan Zhao.

Introduction by Elsie Chapman

Edited by Lucas K. Law and Derwin Mak

Anthologies in this series (Strangers Among Us, The Sum of Us, Where the Stars Rise) have been recommended by Publishers Weekly, Booklist (American Library Association), Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, School Library Journal, Locus, Foreword Reviews, and Quill & Quire.


". . . this collection is essential for anyone interested in the diverse and engaging possibilities of fantasy and science fiction." — Booklist (American Library Association)

" . . . this fascinating collection addresses issues of immigration, dual cultures, and ethnic issues through genre devices such as ghosts, steampunk robots, and planetary exploration. SF readers looking to discover new voices will enjoy this volume that reflects the eclecticism of Asian culture." Library Journal

" . . . there's a lot of good reading to be found in Where the Stars Rise." — Locus (Gardner Dozois)

 "A wealth of stories running the gamut from poignant to mindblowing, rewarding journeys both faraway and familiar."         —Aliette de Bodard, Nebula Award-winning author of Dominion of the Fallen saga

"Where the Stars Rise is a hell of a lot of fun. Great writers, magnificent storytelling, and worlds I wanted to spend a lot more time in—no matter how dangerous they were. I had a blast reading it." — Rob Boffard, author of the Outer Earth series (Tracer, Zero-G, Impact)

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Laksa Media Groups Inc.
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Laksa Anthology: Speculative Fiction


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Karin Lowachee
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Elsie Chapman
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Amanda Sun
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Calvin D. Jim
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Melissa Yuan-Innes
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Angela Yuriko Smith
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Tony Pi
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Joyce Chng
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Priya Sridhar
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Fonda Lee
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Minsoo Kang
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Anne Carly Abad
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S.B. Divya
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Pamela Q. Fernandes
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Rati Mehrotra
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Jeremy Szal
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E.C. Myers
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Deepak Bharathan
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Miki Dare
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Gabriela Lee
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Naru Dames Sundar
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Regina Kanyu Wang
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Shaoyan Hu
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Diana Xin
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Ruhan Zhao
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