Contingency Plans for the Apocalypse by S.B. Divya

Contingency Plans for the Apocalypse by S.B. Divya

There has been some debate in recent months over whether there exists a distinct writing endeavour that can be accurately described as “South Asian speculative fiction” – along the lines of Afrofuturism, Africanfuturism, or Chinese SFF. Is there a coherence to the contemporary speculative fiction that is coming out of the several South Asian nations – a unity of theme, or style, or topics?

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Tamsyn Muir’s Gideon the Ninth is wonderful, to say the least. I was not expecting to feel as much as I did, going into this book. Gideon and Harrow made me laugh almost every page, which I did not expect from a book about necromancers; and they made me bawl my eyes out by the end. Go read the book, you won’t be disappointed.

All the Fabulous Beasts by Priya Sharma

All the Fabulous Beasts by Priya Sharma

‘When we shed the disguises that are Georgia and Eliza, and then the skins that are Lola and Tallulah, we are monsters. Fabulous beasts.’ (‘Fabulous Beasts’, 283) All The Fabulous Beasts, published by Undertow Publications (2018), is the much-anticipated debut short...
The Carpet Makers by Andreas Eschbach

The Carpet Makers by Andreas Eschbach

In an introduction to the 1976 edition of The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K Le Guin wrote that the genre of science fiction was descriptive, not predictive. A novelist, knowingly or unknowingly, invents elaborate circumstantial lies to describe certain aspects of...