Edited by Lucas K. Law and Derwin Mak

Recommended by Booklist, Library Journal, and Locus.

Take a journey through Asia and beyond with twenty-three original thought-provoking and moving stories about identities, belonging, and choices—stories about where we come from and where we are going.


Stories that explore magic and science. Stories about love, revenge, and choices. Stories that challenge ideas about race, belonging, and politics. Each wrestling between ghostly pasts and uncertain future. Each trying to find a voice in history.

Orphans and drug-smuggling in deep space. Mechanical arms in steampunk Vancouver. Djinns and espionage in futuristic Istanbul. Humanoid robot in steamy Kerala. Monsters in the jungles of Cebu. Historic time travel in Gyeongbok Palace. A rocket launch in post-apocalyptic Tokyo. A drunken ghost in Song Dynasty China. A displaced refugee skating on an ice planet. And much more.

Embrace them as you take on their journeys. And don’t look back . . .

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Praise for Where the Stars Rise

“This collection is essential for anyone interested in the diverse and engaging possibilities of fantasy and science fiction.”—Booklist

“This fascinating collection addresses issues of immigration, dual cultures, and ethnic issues through genre devices such as ghosts, steampunk robots, and planetary explorations. SF readers looking to discover new voices will enjoy this volume that reflects the eclecticism of Asian culture.”—Library Journal

“A lot of good reading to be found.”—Locus

“A wealth of stories running from the gamut from poignant to mind-blowing, rewarding journeys both faraways and familiar.”—Aliette de Bodard, Nebula Award-winning author of the Dominion of the Fallen saga

Awards and Honorable Mentions

2018 (Canadian SF&F) Aurora Award Finalist
2018 Alberta Book Publishing Award Winner

One Finalist: 2018 World Fantasy Award Short Story
Two Finalist: 2018 (Canadian SF&F) Aurora Award Short Fiction
One Finalist: 2018 The Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic – Short Story
One Story selected: The Best Science Fiction of the Year, Volume 3 (ed. by Neil Clarke)
Four Stories: Tangent Online Recommended Reading List 2017
Nine Honorable Mentions: The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Fifth Annual Collection (edited by Gardner Dozois)

AUTHORS: Anne Carly Abad, Deepak Bharathan, Joyce Chng, Miki Dare, S.B. Divya, Pamela Q. Fernandes, Calvin D. Jim, Minsoo Kang, Fonda Lee, Gabriela Lee, Karin Lowachee, Rati Mehrotra, E.C. Myers, Tony Pi, Angela Yuriko Smith, Priya Sridhar, Amanda Sun, Naru Dames Sundar, Jeremy Szal, Regina Kanyu Wang (translated by Shaoyan Hu), Diana Xin, Melissa Yuan-Innes, Ruhan Zhao, and Elsie Chapman (Introduction)