Edited by Nazry Bahwari
Angels, robots, and shapeshifters abound in this anthology of Malay speculative fiction exploring technology, climate change, queer identity, and more.
From a future of electronic doas and AI psychotherapists, sense-activated communion with forests and a portal to realms undersea, to a reimagined origin and afterlife—editor and translator Nazry Bahrawi brings together an exciting selection of never-before translated and new Malay spec-fic stories by established and emerging writers from Singapore.
Especially in an anglophone-dominated genre, very little of Malay speculative fiction from Singapore is known to readers here and beyond. Yet contemporary Bahasa literature here is steeped in spec-fic writing that can account as a literary movement (aliran)—and unmistakably draws from the minority Malay experience in a city obsessed with progress.
Read if you: like the idea of Black Mirror, Ken Liu, and Malay folklore making a literary baby.