May 8, 2010
Oh goody! The indestructible Charles Tan has finally finished compiling the Best of Philippine Speculative Fiction 2009.
Similar in format to the Datlow/Windling/Grant/Link ‘best-of’ yearly anthologies, Tan has managed to select his 12 best stories published last year. You can check out the website here.
I’m happy to point out that three of the stories– Dean Alfar’s “Strange Weather”, Crystal Koo’s “Wildwater”, and Mia Tijam’s “Spelling Normal”– were first published in the estrangheropress first outing, The Farthest Shore: Fantasy from the Philippines.
For those interested in checking out the stories, you can read it online at the website but it’s also available for downloads here. Personally, I’d go for Best of Speculative Fiction 2009 PDF.
(For tips on how to get its different versions, see RocketKapre‘s how-to post.)
Here’s the list of the 12 stories cited:
- The Fires of the Sun in a Crystalline Sky by Francezca C. Kwe
- The Day the World Lost Its Gravity by Camsy Ocumen
- Strange Weather by Dean Francis Alfar
- The Sewing Project by Apol Lejano-Massebieau
- Lex Talionis by Paolo Chikiamco
- Isa by Marianne Villanueva
- Spelling Normal by Mia Tijam
- Daddy by Yvette Tan
- From Abecediarya by Adam David
- The Annotated Account of Tholomew Mestich by Elyss G. Punsalan
- Beats by Kenneth Yu
- Wildwater by Crystal Koo
- Moondown and Fugue by Alexander Drilon
- The Maiden’s Song by Kate Aton-Osias
- Capture by Gabriela Lee
- The Secret Origin of Spin-man by Andrew Drilon
Congratulation to all of them!
Apr 2, 2010
I keep forgetting to post this series of Rocketkapre interviews for The Farthest Shore but it’s a bitch to backlog. In in any case, head kapre Paolo Chikiamco went around talking to some of the people behind the anthology.
Here they are, the On the Far Shore interviews:
1. Kate Aton-Osias, author of “Light”
2. Crystal Koo, author of “Wildwater”
3. Dominique Cimafranca, author of “Rite of Passage”
4. Eliza Victoria, author of “The Just World of Helena Jimenez”
5. Mia Tijam, author of “Spelling Normal”
Likewise, he talks to me about being both the editor, publisher and writer in the anthology.
Dec 28, 2009
tyron has envisioned this– and going all the way to changing the website template to accomodate the concept– to tempt me to the Dark Side. Pretty, no?
What do you think? Should we go for this both as e-book and print, not just the website?
Of course if we do, might as well expand the pages and not just limit it to the twelve stories. You know, add a little something for the newer versions. That always helps.
What do you think?
Nov 1, 2009
The Farthest Shore: An Anthology of Secondary World Fantasy from the Philippines, the first imprint of estrangheropress, is here!
Go read it and tell us what you think! And don’t forget to spread the word!
The main site for estrangheropress is still under development but this will soon follow. Kudos to my co-editor Dean, Dom for site support and tech advice, and Tyron for designs. Thanks to everyone who helped, especially to the writers!