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LONTAR: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction – Issue #3

Publisher: Epigram Books
  • Description
  • Praises
  • About the Editors

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    This third issue of LONTAR: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction presents speculative writing from and about Singapore, the Philippines, Cambodia and Taiwan.

    Inside these pages, you’ll find:

    • The evocation of an alternate ancient Cambodia from multiple award-winner Geoff Ryman;
    • An investigative automotive revenge tale from Palanca Grand Prize winner Dean Francis Alfar;
    • The mystery of magically appearing furniture from Taiwanese short fiction wunderkind Sabrina Huang
    (deftly translated by PEN/Heim grant recipient Jeremy Tiang);
    • An uneasy exploration of marital discord on the road from Manila Critics’ Circle National Book Award winner Nikki Alfar;
    • A quasi-Ballardian take on beach resort culture from Ben Slater;
    • The uniquely Singaporean response to a viral outbreak from JY Yang;
    • And speculative poetry from Anne Carly Abad, Arlene Ang, Tse Hao Guang, Cyril Wong, David Wong Hsien Ming and Daryl Yam.

    LONTAR has been previously featured on Boing Boing, Adventures of a Bookonaut, Diversity in SF&F, Rocket Kapre, SF Signal and io9.

    LONTAR is the world’s only biannual literary journal focusing on Southeast Asian speculative fiction.

    “Learning real things about a region of the world relatively unknown to me is an unexpected bonus of the great stories in LONTAR. With each tale, I was allowed a view through the eyes of someone whose experiences and orientation are so far separated from my own and yet so similar that the journey is wondrous.”
    —Andrea Pawley, Weightless Books

    “All the writing is surprising and fascinating. As a reader, some knowledge of the region helps, but is not necessary. The great thing about LONTAR is the
    broad range of speculative fiction showcased here with a guaranteed burst of Southeast Asian culture. [...] LONTAR has produced quality, intricate and
    original work that entertains and distils a yearning in the reader for more.”
    — Zara Adcock, The Review Review

  • Jason Erik Lundberg, founding editor, was born in Brooklyn, New York, and has lived in Singapore since 2007. He is the author of a dozen books, including the collection Strange Mammals (2013) and the Bo Bo and Cha Cha children’s picture book series; he is also the series editor of the Best New Singaporean Short Stories anthology series, editor of Fish Eats Lion (2012, 2014), and co-editor of A Field Guide to Surreal Botany (2008) and Scattered, Covered, Smothered (2004).

    Kristine Ong Muslim, poetry editor, is the author of nine books, including the short story collections Age of Blight (Unnamed Press, 2016), Butterfly Dream (Snuggly Books, 2016), and The Drone Outside (Eibonvale Press, 2017), as well as the poetry collections Lifeboat (University of Santo Tomas Publishing House, 2015), Meditations of a Beast (Cornerstone Press, 2016), and Black Arcadia (University of the Philippines Press, 2017).

ISBN: 9789814615754
Cover Type: Paperback
Page Count: 128
Year Published: 2014
Size: 215mm x 165mm