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Philippine Speculative Fiction VI

(Philippine Speculative Fiction #6)

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Philippine Speculative Fiction volume 6 proudly proffers a representative range of some of the country's best speculative fiction written in 2010 -- short stories that define, explore, and sometimes blur the boundaries of science fiction, fantasy, horror and all things in between. Contributors likewise span a wide spectrum from all across the nation and around the world, f ...more
Paperback, 201 pages
Published April 2011 by Kestrel DDM
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Something peculiar happens to stories when they are housed in the same anthology, especially when an overarching theme or rubric comes into play. Aside from the sensibilities of the editors informing the curation process, the stories themselves cease to become autonomous units of narrative. Difference in writing styles become sharper by contrast, premises are either reinforced or disputed by the stories that come before or after it.

In Philippine Speculative Fiction A
Jofer Serapio
Aug 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Before I start with my review, I would like to clear some things out of my chest. I, as a writer, actually auditioned my short story, Sunshine on the Skin , to be a part of this anthology but was dutifully rejected by the editors. They said the dialogue was unbelievable, fantastical even, and I accepted their judgment with neither anger nor pain.

Now that that's out of the way, I must say that the book was, at the very least, very enjoyable for my literary palate. While almost all the stories
Krizia Anna
Jul 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
I am overwhelmed with Pinoy's talent and imagiantion. Here is evidence that we can make it internationally. Each story is different and it feels like teaser trailers. They leave me wanting more. I do hope they release full-length stories/novels. My top three stories are:

3. Villanoiguing by Joseph Anthony Montecillo - humorous!
2. Prisoner 2501 by John Philip Corpuz - this one is sad and really cool concept.
1. Carpaccio (or, Repentance as a Meat Recipe) - scary! creepy! but really good and full of
Eliza Victoria
Sep 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
(Disclaimer: I have a story in this anthology.)

This volume contains such a varied collection of stories, and as what happens in an anthology that tries to cover all bases, not all of the stories appealed to me. But this is still a worthy read. The stand-outs, in my opinion: "Ashland" by Elyss Punsalan, "From the Book of Names My Mother Did Not Give Me" by Tin Lao, "Carpaccio (or, Repentance as a Meat Recipe)" by Arlynn Despi, and "Simon's Replica" by Dean Alfar.
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Nikki Alfar has fought fire 7,000 feet in midair and killed a snake with a flip-flop. Confoundingly, she’s found it much harder to earn a few Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature, a couple of Bewildering Stories Mariner Awards, a Manila Critics’ Circle National Book Award, and selection as one of twelve ‘Filipina writers of note’ by the Ateneo Library of Women’s Writings. Nevertheless ...more

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