How to Traverse Terra Incognita is Dean Francis Alfar's second collection of short fiction. An advocate of the literature of the imagination, he is the publisher of the Philippine Speculative Fiction anthologies, an annual showcasing of Filipino fictionists that he began in 2005.
This is the landmark tenth volume of what's been called "one of the most important projects to come out of the contemporary writing generation". PSF is credited as the springboard for the thriving Philippine speculative fiction movement, which defines, explores, and sometimes blurs the boundaries of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and all things in between.
Philippine Speculative Fiction X is proud to present a representative range of exemplary stories from Filipino writers, including both renowned veterans and exciting new voices in the field.
Angelo R. Lacuesta
Joel Pablo Salud
Jose Elvin Bueno
Joseph Anthony Montecillo
Renz Christian Torres
Vincent Michael Simbulan
Francis Gabriel Concepcion
Alexander Marcos Osias
"Blindfolded courier pigeons, insatiable appetites, overwhelming pride, toes painted blue, spooned soursop, the AsiaPac community station in geosynch orbit around the moon, love without a heart, tragedy and absurdity; stars of course, in many forms; and always, riddles. For those who like their stories rich, their wit dry and their history served with a twist, this gorgeous collection from a cynical romantic deserves a global readership. Alfar writes of many times and in many styles including the classic fairy tale, but in two ways he is a 21st century English-language-plus writer. His use of words and surprising vocabulary is so wonderfully, playfully true to meaning that he can only be an English-as-a-second-language writer (among which are the best users of English in the world today). And he writes of place with a calm assurance of its importance, not as some ethnic other than the default normal western setting, but as important in itself. I have to add that I particularly...
TRASH is part of a threesome of Southeast Asian urban anthologies. The other two are called HEAT and FLESH.It features stories about Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines and Indonesia. The writers have sorted through the 'trash' and found things that can be valued as still useful, things that deserve to be salvaged, and recycled, or reused, but they also point unflinchingly at structures, strictures, and modes of thought that have clearly served their time and must be discarded.Editors: Dean Francis Alfar & Marc de FaoiteWriters: Zedeck Siew, Raymond G. Falgui, Lyana Shah, Dipika Mukherjee, Timothy Marsh, Richard Calayeg Cornelio, Ted Mahsun, Eliza Vitri Handayani, Michael Aaron Gomez, Tilon Sagulu, Alexander Marcos Osias, Nin Harris, Francis Paolo Quina, M. SHANmughalingam and Victor Fernando R. Ocampo.