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Where the Stars Rise

Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy · Laksa Anthology: Speculative Fiction

by Fonda Lee Author · Lucas K. Law Author


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

2018 Alberta Book Publishing Award Winner (Best Speculative Fiction)

2018 (Canadian SF&F) Aurora Award Finalist (anthology/Best Related Work)

One story — 2018 World Fantasy Awards Best Short Story Finalist

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

Four stories on Tangent Recommended Reading List 2017

Two stories — 2018 (Canadian SF&F) Aurora Award Short Fiction Finalists

One story — 2018 The Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic — Short Story category Shortlist


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 many more.

Original Stories by 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.

With 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, Shades Within Us) have been recommended by Publishers Weekly, Booklist (American Library Association), Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, School Library Journal, Locus, Foreword Reviews, and Quill & Quire.

Praise for Where the Stars Rise

"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." —Library Journal

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

"Stories being either good or very good page-turners."—Tangent

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

"Great writers, magnificent storytelling, and worlds I wanted to spend a lot more time in."Rob Boffard, author of the Outer Earth series

Publication Details

Laksa Media Groups Inc.
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Laksa Anthology: Speculative Fiction


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Author :
Derwin Mak
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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
Author :
Fonda Lee
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Minsoo Kang
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S.B. Divya
Author :
Lucas K. Law
Author :
Pamela Q. Fernandes
Author :
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
Author :
Regina Kanyu Wang
Author :
Shaoyan Hu
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Diana Xin
Author :
Ruhan Zhao
Author :
Anne Carly-Abad
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