Very happy to launch the third of the World SF bundles! Available now on Storybundle and for the next 3 weeks, it’s got 10 books for one easy price!
Here’s my intro:
I’m delighted to be launching a third World SF bundle in what I can only hope is by now an annual tradition. In the midst of some extraordinary turmoil across the globe, it takes writers from all corners of the Earth to weave profound new truths out of fantasies and paint new futures out of difficult pasts and turbulent presents.
The writers here come from Botswana and Bangladesh; Russia, Italy and France; Mexico, Spain, Israel and India. They are all of them fantastic, and I couldn’t be happier sharing their work with you.
It shouldn’t need saying, and yet it does: Black Lives Matter. I couldn’t think of a better match for this bundle than to partner up with the African Speculative Fiction Society and associated Nommo Awards for our chosen charity. The ASFS is an organization of African writers, editors, comic and graphic artists and filmmakers in the fields of speculative fiction. As spokesperson (and fantastic author) Chinelo Onwualu says on the society site, it’s there to “provide a place where writers, readers, and scholars can come together to find information, connect with each other, and act as watchdogs for their collective interests.”
The society administers the Nommo Awards, which recognises excellence in the works of speculative fiction by African writers. The award was founded in 2017, and previous winners include Tade Thompson, Nnedi Okorafor, Tendai Huchu and Tochi Onyebuchi in its several categories.
I hope you enjoy the books here. You may discover a new favourite author, be lost in time and space, or find yourself rethinking things you thought you knew. From djinns to ghost trains, alternate history to shape-shifting dragons, this is fantasy that nevertheless looks reality straight in the eye and challenges it. Just as fantasy entertains, so does it allow its writers to ask some big questions, to hold up a carnival mirror to the world: gaze at it long enough, and you may be changed forever.