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An all-new anthology of Chinese culture-inspired science fiction

This unique collection of science fiction tales demonstrates the diversity of the Chinese experience around the world, merging China's rich heritage with new traditions, offering North American readers an opportunity to discover these exciting writers.

Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 4th 2010 by DAW (first published 2010)
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Shanshad Whelan
Better than average collection of short stories around a cultural theme. I can't say the whole of it was excellent--there were a few stories that left me blinking and wondering what the heck I was reading. There were a smattering of rather pedestrian stories that were decent. And there were some gems among them. "The Character of the Hound" is a great historical fantasy piece that is among the best.

Some might be thrown by the fact these aren't all stories that take place in China or are about C
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Melissa Yuan-Innes
Jul 07, 2010 Melissa Yuan-Innes rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
This is one sweet story collection.

And I'm not just saying that because I'm in it. Hey, I know it's uncool to pick one of your own books. But this is a whole collection of authors, including Eugie Foster, who just won the 2010 Nebula Award for Best Novelette.

This anthology got me at hello. Tess Gerritsen--yes, the NYT-bestselling author--wrote the intro. Then Tony Pi hits it home with "The Character of the Hound," which had me twitching in my chair, I loved the combination of Chinese calligraphy
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Shomeret
Most of these stories were either original or well-written, not both. I'm the sort of reader that is willing to forgive much if the concept of a story delights me, but I really prefer the writing to be up to par. Well-written stories on familiar themes are enjoyable, but not particularly memorable.

Yet the very first tale in this anthology is exceptional. "The Character of the Hound" by Toni Pi which takes place in China during the Song Dynasty, deals with the concept that tattoos prepare the bod
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Ira Nayman
Anthologies are tricky. No matter how hard you try, different authors will have different levels of imagination and writing skills; while you hope that every story will be a gem, the odds are highly against it. I have read a few anthologies in the past few months, and am delighted that they all maintained a high hit to miss ratio.

One such book is The Dragon and the Stars, edited by Derwin Mak and Eric Choi. This volume collects 18 stories written by members of the Chinese diaspora, and is full o
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Mrs Giggles
The Dragon And The Stars sells itself as an anthology of "original short stories melding the rich cultural heritage of China with the imaginative realms of science and fantasy". The editors Derwin Mak and Eric Choi explain in the afterword that the anthology wants to feature Chinese characters in a non-stereotypical light. While all this sounds good to a Chinese like me, I can only look at the cover art and wonder why a Western dragon is on it. The stories inside are just as confused about the p ...more
Lexie
Before I start this review, I want to note something that’s more than a little important to the understanding of this book. This is an anthology written solely by ethnic Chinese writers who live outside of China proper. In her introduction Tess Gerritsen explores the fact that growing up, she was immersed in the Chinese culture–its superstitions, cultural beliefs, etc., but as she grew up she felt less “Chinese” and more “American”: “I believed in science, not superstition. As my memories of chi ...more
Michèle
Aug 24, 2011 Michèle rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: science-fiction
Too often, Asian characters in stories written by North Americans are so stereotypical that they feel phony (think martial arts fighter, magical Buddhist monk, or the Chinese girlfriend of the hero, or various villains). It's about time two Canadians, Derwin Mak and Eric Choi, tapped the potential of Canadian and Chinese authors in creating compelling SFF stories!

Derwin wrote The Polar Bear carry the mail, a story of hope in a spaceport set- in all places -- at Churchill, Manitoba, with Inuit a
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tawnie
Some of the stories were really good. I liked 'The Character of the Hound', 'Lips of Ash', and 'Shadow City'. Fox spirits and body jumping ancestors, oh my. 'Goin down to Anglotown' had an interesting premise of Asians being the majority in the western US but didn't really go anywhere with it. Oh, and there's a story with a steampunk dragon thrown in for fun.

Some of the stories weren't so good, or didn't really qualify as SF or fantasy, which was the advertised theme of the anthology, aside fro
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Jessica
The story concepts were wide ranging, from historical fantasy to rocketship science fiction and from folklore to steampunk. There were a few, like Lips of Ash by Huang and Mortal Clay, Stone Heart by Foster that seemed complete and fabulous in short story form. There were others, like The Character and the Hound by Pi or The Water Weapon by Clough that seemed like they might be setting up books or series that I would be very excited to read. Then there were a few that were just... not to my tast ...more
E.M. Tippetts
Jul 11, 2011 E.M. Tippetts rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
E.M. Tippetts / Emily Mah

My short story, "Across the Sea", is in this anthology, so I won't pretend to be impartial. Derwin Mak and Eric Choi sought submissions from ethnically Chinese authors of science fiction and fantasy. Nearly all of us reside in North America and this project was a beautiful exploration of so many different voices from the diaspora.
Scott Neigh
This is a collection of science fiction and fantasy short stories from people in the Chinese diaspora. Like any collection, it has stronger and weaker entries, but if you like sci-fi/fantasy short stories it is definitely worth reading.
Kate
These stories range from good to mediocre. Some like "The Character of the Hound" and "The Water Weapon" storylines felt like they could have been expanded on (maybe even become novellas or novels in themselves).
Tricia
decent book. some of the stories were just not the type I prefer to read. But they were still well written
Urania
Jan 05, 2010 Urania added it
My story "The Right to Eat Decent Food" is in it! How can it not be a winner?
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Feb 04, 2012 Courtney marked it as to-read
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Found this gem at Busboys & Poets. Score!
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