World Science Fiction #1. Visions to Preserve the Biodiversity of the Future
Editor : Francesco Verso
On one volume the best short stories to come out of Future Fiction, a multicultural project created and run by Francesco Verso.
Short stories by Ian McDonald, James Patrick Kelly, Ekaterina Sedia, Claude Lalumière, Lavie Tidhar, Ugo Bellagamba, Clelia Farris, Maria Antonia Escayol, Gabriela Damián Miravete, Fábio Fernandes, Richard Larson, Pepe Rojo, Michalis Manolios, Mary Mascari, Chen Quifan, Vina Jie Minh Prasad.
“Science fiction happens everywhere! This is why we collected in one volume the best short stories to come out of Future Fiction, a multicultural project created and run by Francesco Verso.
Such a collection offers Anglophone readers a selection of visions that aim to preserve the narrative biodiversity of the future. In fact, what would the world be like if we all read one language, ate the same food, and listened to the same music? What if we shared one religion, one economy, one culture, and ultimately, just one point of view from which to observe the future?
This first collection features 16 stories from 13 countries and translations from 6 different languages, including famous authors such as Ian McDonald, James Patrick Kelly, Lavie Tidhar, Ekaterina Sedia, Claude Lalumiere, Richard Larson and Chen Qiufan, as well as others who are less well-known but still excellent like Pepe Rojo, Michalis Manolios, Clelia Farris, Ugo Bellagamba, Maria Antonia Marti Escayol, Gabriela Damian Miravete, Vina Jie-Minh Prasad and Mary Mascari.
In addition to the authors who contributed to this project with their amazing literary visions, it’s crucial to stress the importance of translators like Ken Liu, Rachel Cordasco, Sheryl Curtis, Sue Burke, Andrea Bell, Adrian Demopulos and Thalia Bisticas, the real gatekeepers of so many hidden worlds and cultures. Our experiences would be so limited without them.”
Table of Contents:
Introduction by Francesco Verso
Aethra by Michalis Manolios (Greece)
Choosing Faces by Lavie Tidhar (Israel)
Whale Meat by Ekaterina Sedia (Russia)
Coming of the Light by Chen Qiufan (China)
The Ethical Treatment of Meat by Claude Lalumiere (Canada)
A Day to Remember by Clelia Farris (Italy)
Diary of a Repentant Poliorcete by Ugo Bellagamba (France)
Francine by Maria Antonia Marti Escayol (Spain)
They Will Dream in the Garden by Gabriela Damian Miravete (Mexico)
The Remaker by Fabio Fernandes (Brasil)
The Promise of Space by James Patrick Kelly (U.S.A.)
Meshed by Richard Larson (Niger-Canada)
Conversations with Yoni Rei by Pepe Rojo (Mexico)
Debugging Bebe by Mary Mascari (U.S.A.)
A Series of Steaks by Vina Jie Minh Prasad (Singapore)
The Fifth Dragon by Ian McDonald (Northern Ireland)