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New Release: PSF Anthology Sampler

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On January - 15 - 2013

The editor-publishers of the Philippine Speculative Fiction anthology (available now in digital format at Amazon, iTunes, Flipreads, Barnes and Noble…) have released a free sampler (not to be confused with the Philippine Speculative Fiction Sampler of Mia Tijam and Charles Tan) for those who want to see what the anthology series has to offer, without committing to a paid volume. You can get it from iTunes or Flipreads.

New release: Tabi Po Isyu 13

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On January - 8 - 2013

The latest issue of the Tabi Po Filipino horror webcomic by Alternative Alamat artist Mervin Malonzo is now out (and, as always, NSFW). It’s in Filipino, but those looking for an English version can find the first two collected volumes here.

Filipino Authors in the 2012 Bewildering Stories’ Mariner Awards

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On January - 7 - 2013

Let’s start the new year with some good news! Congratulations to the Filipino authors whose stories were included in the 2012 Mariner Awards of Bewildering Stories. Dean Alfar (Packing for the Moon), Victor Ocampo (Synchronicity) and Mia Tijam (Talking to Juanito) all produced stories “that the Review Board and Managing Editor have rated “very good” or “excellent” in 2012. They have earned Bewildering Stories’ most signal honor.”

Flipreads Not an Apocalypse Sale

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On December - 21 - 2012

Hey. HEY! The world is still here! Let’s celebrate with a Flipreads Sale, which includes Alternative Alamat and High Society :)

We having a sale on select titles from 12/21/12 until 12/23/12.

Even better, if you purchase a non-free eBook, we’ll throw in Philippine Folk Tales.

Here’s our list of titles on sale:

Recent Scheherazade’s Facade Reviews (December 2012)

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On December - 18 - 2012

I saw a few new reviews of Scheherazade’s Facade–the anthology of gender bending stories that I’m a part of–this week (not including the ones on Goodreads), so I’m linking to them here, to encourage readers to give the anthology a try.

The first review comes from Jarla Tangh and, if you don’t mind some spoilers, it provides brief, stylized, summaries for each of the stories in the book.

The second review is from Kellan Sparver, with what is now my favorite one-line review for one of my stories ever: Stories I found of special mention: …  ”Kambal Kulam”, by Paolo Chikiamco, for being pure crack-fic.” Bonus points: The quote that starts the review comes from my story as well. Woo hoo!


Panel by Panel: A Dialogue on Comics in Southeast Asia

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On December - 8 - 2012

The Fine Arts Program of the Ateneo de Manila University is inviting all to join them on December 10, Monday, 430 to 630pm at SEC LEC B, Ateneo de Manila University for:

Panel by Panel: A Dialogue on Comics in Southeast Asia

Featuring Singapore’s Otto Fong and Cheng Tju teaming up with Manila’s comic book creators for a talk and roundtable on the state of comics in Southeast Asia

About the guests:

Otto Fong is the creator of *Sir Fong’s Adventures*, a popular sci-fi comic book series that shines the spotlight on science and scientists in Asia. He is also a bilingual playwright, having written the first Restricted Mandarin theatre play (*Another Tribe. 1992*) in Singapore, and two Singapore Art Fest plays *(Mr Beng. 2000. HERStory. 2011)**.*

Lim Cheng Tju is an educator who has written about history and popular culture in Singapore. His articles have appeared in the Southeast Asian Journal of Social Science, Journal of Popular Culture and Print Quarterly. He is the country editor (Singapore) for the International Journal of Comic Art and also the co-editor of Liquid City 2, an anthology of Southeast Asian comics published by Image Comics.


BLTXXX: Better Living Through Xeroxography, XMas 2012 Edition

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On December - 4 - 2012


Just in time for your Christmas needs, December 7 is the third installment of the semi-annual small press expo Better Living Through Xeroxography! It’s still at Ilyong’s, like the previous events, so if you’re interested in viewing/purchasing/sampling the independent and DIY publishing scene, head on over.

Steampunk Revolution Official Launch

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On December - 3 - 2012

The cake at the World Fantasy Conference launch of Steampunk Revolution, which I could not attend due to living halfway around the world. SteamCake!

While it’s been available in some places for a while now, December 1 was the official release day for Steampunk III: Steampunk Reloaded, the Ann Vandermeer edited anthology which reprints “On Wooden Wings”, my steampunk story from Philippine Speculative Fiction volume 6. That story is set in the same universe as High Society, albeit much earlier in the timeline, and the first part of the High Society prologue will be an adaptation of that story. Here’s some early art from Hannah, just to prove that we’re working on it:

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Even for those of you who’ve read “On Wooden Wings” already, Steampunk Revolution is definitely worth your time. Just look at the list of contributors: Christopher Barzak, Paolo Chikiamco, Amal El-Mohtar, Jeffrey Ford, Lev Grossman, Samantha Henderson, Leow Hui Min Annabeth, N.K. Jemison, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Malissa Kent, Andrew Knighton, Nick Mamatas, David Erik Nelson, Morgan Johnson, and Fritz Swanson, Garth Nix, Ben Peek,  Cherie Priest, Margaret Ronald, Christopher Rowe, Vandana Singh, Bruce Sterling, Karin Tidbeck, Lavie Tidhar, Catherynne M. Valente, Genevieve Valentine, Jeff VanderMeer, Carrie Vaughn, J.Y. Yang, Jaymee Goh, Margaret Killjoy, Austin Sirkin. It’s an especially good volume for steampunk readers from the Philippines because part of the purpose of the anthology is to showcase stories that break the typical Victorian England paradigm that many associate too closely with the genre. Here’s the concept in greater detail:

What if Steampunk had a revolution?  What if this genre that is so closely tied to the past burst forth into the future – breaking down definitional barriers and forging ahead?  Steampunk Revolution features a renegade collective of writers —including steampunk legends as well as hot, new talents—who are rebooting the steam-driven past and powering it into the future with originality, wit, and adventure.  Going far beyond corsets and goggles, Steampunk Revolution is not just a ride in your great-great granddad’s zeppelin—now it’s a much wilder ride.

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The book also has some beautiful illustrations and design-work from John Coulthart, an example of which you can see above, and he has a few more that you can see in his blog.

Here are a few early reviews of the anthology to help you make up your minds, and hey, once you’ve read it, let us know what you think!

  • Publisher’s Weekly: “VanderMeer’s follow-up to previous similarly themed anthologies targets established fans of the retro-infatuated steampunk movement.”
  • Shelf Awareness: “Steampunk isn’t just about Victorians playing with cogs and gears; these stories (and a few essays) reveal some of the latest steps in this branch of speculative fiction’s evolution.”


Encyclopedia of Fantasy: Free, Searchable, Online

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On November - 27 - 2012

The latest edition of the multi-awarded Encyclopedia of Fantasy is a radical departure from the previous volume, as it now takes the form of a free online database, joining the already online database of the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. An essential bookmark for Fantasy writers.

“Talking to Juanito” by Mia Tijam at Bewildering Stories

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On November - 26 - 2012

Our good friend Mia Tijam has a new piece of fiction up on “Bewildering Stories“, for their 504th issue. “Talking to Juanito” told from the perspective of a child, but it is not a children’s story– or, rather, the material may not be for children. In another sense though, it *is* a children’s story because it deals with their fused awareness of the real and the imagined, as well as the rules imposed by adults so different as to seem to be from another species. For those who enjoy stories where the line between real and unreal is blurred, this one may be for you.

The editors of Bewildering Stories had this to say about it:

The story mingles languages very effectively. The subordinating conjunction ta is essential: it means “because, and it’s a bad thing…” And the interjection Ta… ta… recurs frequently. Readers can imagine the “lolas” muttering darkly, “Bad… very bad.”



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