Lauriat: A Filipino-Chinese Speculative Fiction Anthology

Filipinos and Chinese have a rich, vibrant literature when it comes to speculative fiction. But what about the fiction of the Filipino-Chinese, who draw their roots from both cultures? This is what this anthology attempts to answer.

Featuring stories that deal with voyeur ghosts, taboo lovers, a town that cannot sleep, the Chinese zodiac, and an exile that finally comes home, Lauriat: A Filipino-Chinese Speculative Fiction Anthology covers a diverse selection of narratives from fresh, Southeast Asian voices.

“SF/F blogger and critic Tan has assembled an eclectic, innovative mix of 14 stories for what is almost certainly the first Filipino–Chinese speculative fiction anthology. Most contain undertones of horror, such as Kristine Ong Muslim’s exquisitely crafted “The Chinese Zodiac,” which describes the darker sides of each sign, and Christine V. Lao’s “Dimsum,” in which a security guard rescues a kitten with unfortunate consequences. Paolo Chikiamco’s “The Captain’s Nephew” presents an intriguing history in which a Tikbalang, a mythic creature, aids Gen. Paua during the Philippine revolution. Two standouts are Crystal Koo’s amusing and surprising “The Perpetual Day,” wherein a worldwide pandemic curses people to eternal wakefulness, and Fidelis Tan’s “The Stranger at My Grandmother’s Wake,” about a dying elderly woman who waits for an unlikely friend. A handful of the stories follow predictable, clichéd plots, but even these contain evocative details. Filipino–Chinese readers will feel a thrill of recognition; others will be glad to learn more about a culture rarely seen in speculative fiction.”
Publishers Weekly

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