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The Apex Book of World SF: Volume 4


Now firmly established as the benchmark anthology series of international speculative fiction, volume 4 of The Apex Book of World SF sees debut editor Mahvesh Murad bring fresh new eyes to her selection of stories.

"A truly unforgettable collection, showcasing the best of speculative fiction that the world has to offer."
—Strange Horizons

"The fourth in a groundbreaking series highlighting international speculative fiction, ABWSF4 offers a fantastic introduction to some of the best writers alive today and encourages us to seek out more non-Anglophone works of spec fic."
—, Rachel Cordasco

"Different styles of storytelling, different perspectives to what you might find western speculative fiction. Some have slow reveals, others get to the point. Some are subverted, others with the typical short-story reveal at the end. There really is something for everyone. Nothing seems tired or clichéd."
—Geek Syndicate

"If provoking a “sense of wonder” is one of the primary effects of the genre, there’s wonder and strangeness enough in the anthology, which also manages to elude the cozy middle-class trappings of privilege that usually make “standard” science fiction so boring and predictable."
—LA Review of Books

From Spanish steampunk and Italian horror to Nigerian science fiction and subverted Japanese folktales, from love in the time of drones to teenagers at the end of the world, the stories in this volume showcase the best of contemporary speculative fiction, wherever it’s written.

Cover art and design by Sarah Anne Langton.

"Important to the future of not only international authors, but the entire SF community."
Strange Horizons

"The Apex Book of World SF series is an excellent primer for any sci-fi reader trying to understand the field’s global reach." —The Guardian


  • Vajra Chandrasekera (Sri Lanka)  "Pockets Full of Stones"
  • Yukimi Ogawa (Japan)  "In Her Head, In Her Eyes"
  • Zen Cho (Malaysia)  "The Four Generations of Chang E"
  • Shimon Adaf (Israel)  "Like a Coin Entrusted in Faith" (Translated by the author)
  • Celeste Rita Baker (Virgin Islands)  "Single Entry"
  • Nene Ormes (Sweden)  "The Good Matter" (Translated by Lisa J Isaksson and Nene Ormes) [Read for free via here]
  • JY Yang (Singapore)  "Tiger Baby"
  • Isabel Yap (Philippines)  "A Cup of Salt Tears"
  • Usman T Malik (Pakistan)  "The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family"
  • Kuzhali Manickavel (India)  "Six Things We Found During the Autopsy" [read for free via here]
  • Elana Gomel (Israel)  "The Farm"
  • Haralambi Markov (Bulgaria)  "The Language of Knives"
  • Sabrina Huang (Taiwan)  "Setting Up Home" (Translated by Jeremy Tiang)
  • Sathya Stone (Sri Lanka) "Jinki and the Paradox"
  • Johann Thorsson (Iceland)  "First, Bite a Finger"
  • Dilman Dila (Uganda)  "How My Father Became a God"
  • Swabir Silayi (Kenya)  "Colour Me Grey"
  • Deepak Unnikrishnan (The Emirates)  "Sarama"
  • Chinelo Onwualu (Nigeria)  "The Gift of Touch"
  • Saad Z. Hossain (Bangaldesh)  "Djinns Live by the Sea"
  • Bernardo Fernández (Mexico)  "The Last Hours of the Final Days" (Translated by the author)
  • Natalia Theodoridou (Greece)  "The Eleven Holy Numbers of the Mechanical Soul"
  • Samuel Marolla (Italy)  "Black Tea" (Translated by Andrew Tanzi)
  • Julie Novakova (Czech Republic)  "The Symphony of Ice and Dust"
  • Thomas Olde Heuvelt (Netherlands)  "The Boy Who Cast No Shadow" (Translated by Laura Vroomen)
  • Sese Yane (Kenya)  "The Corpse"
  • Tang Fei  "Pepe" (Translated by John Chu)
  • Rocío Rincón (Spain)  "The Lady of the Soler Colony" (Translated by James and Marian Womack)

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