- Paperback: 270 pages
- Publisher: Rosarium Publishing; Reprint edition (November 30, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1495607569
- ISBN-13: 978-1495607561
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #735,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Sea Is Ours: Tales from Steampunk Southeast Asia Paperback – November 30, 2015
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Some of my favorite stories were:
"Spider Here" by Robert Liow had vivid descriptions of the cyber-augmented creatures it focuses on, and created a wonderfully immersive world.
"The Last Aswang" by Alessa Hinlo held promise of a creepy tale just based on the title, and I was not disappointed! (If you don't know what the aswang myth is, I recommend waiting to Google it until after you read this tale to give the surprise it's full impact.)
"The Unmaking of The Cuadro Amoroso" by Kate Osias was an emotional roller-coaster and probably the story that held my attention the tightest, keeping my eyes glued to the page as I waited for the dramatic ending.
"Chasing Volcanoes" by Marilag Angway hit a perfect spot for me between using some common steampunk tropes and adding wonderful new aspects to this vision of technology. Powering tech on volcanic emissions is exactly the sort of crazy concept I love seeing in steampunk tales.
Steam, airships, cyborgs, gleaming metals, magitech, adventure, robot bugs, these things you might expect in an anthology of literary quality steampun. These elements are just as entertaining as you expect them to be. But this collection delivers so much more!
Beginning with a powerful critical introduction that will be of use to readers as well as students of literature and steampunk, this anthology takes Steampunk into some of the diverse peoples, geographies, and storytelling heritages of Southeast Asian cultures. Women really shine in this diverse collection of stories, driving narratives and building strong interpersonal relationships of family, friendship, and much more. While I loved some stories more than others, I enjoyed every one. I found each one engaging, immersive, and magical. This book is a fun one to have on your nightstand, and digest in one-story-a-night chunks. I strongly recommend it on its merits and entertainment value alone.
That said, you students of anti-colonial transnational literature can also purchase this book because this collection is an important move into multicultural, anticolonial, transnational steampunk that is not defined by Victorian culture, western progress narratives, and romanticized colonialism. Editor Jaymee Goh says in her introduction that it is "imperative that we have volumes dedicated to our own voices, projects not of postcolonial melancholia, but of decolonial determination. Our psyches cry for justice for lost names, lost stories, lost histories, all lost to globalized systemic racism, lost to imperial dreams imposed upon us too long. In the absence of time machines to recover them, we turn to re-creating, and creating anew. Thus, we use steampunk to have that conversation with our histories, our hearts and dreams." In sharing these stories with a world-wide audience, the diverse storytellers here are inviting all steampunk and fantasy fans to be part of that important conversation. By purchasing, reading, talking about, and spreading enthusiasm for great stories like these, readers can enable more and more diverse storytellers to tell more amazing stories, and booksellers to stock their shelves with them.
But perhaps more importantly to your concerns, purchaser of books, these stories are just plain great reads. Did I mention the SKY WHALES? ROBOT BUGS?
The stories in this collection hail from the Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, and more. From Marilag Angway’s “Chasing Volcanoes,” about an airship that refuels via active volcanoes in the Philippines and takes on an unexpected cargo, to Alessa Hinlo’s folklore-inspired tale of European encroachment into the Philippines in “The Last Aswang,” to Olivia Ho’s noir gears and gadgets story that brings to mind an urban Frankenstein in “Working Woman,” this collection has something for everyone who loves steampunk or myth or both at the same time.
In The SEA is Ours writers take on themes often applied to the region on their own terms, exploring fantasies of flight, the clash of worlds, past lives, and ideas of progress. Many of the stories use personal relationships, particularly siblings, to explore the duality of nations struggling to define themselves while being subject to decades, and even centuries, of outside pressure. In “Between Severed Souls,” Paolo Chikiamco imagines one family’s struggle to right the perceived wrongs of history projected onto the greater history of Spanish imperialism in the Philippines, where technology and folklore come together in the life of an artist who has lost his wife, and allow him to confront the past in these many layers.
All stories in this collection, though, are as vibrant and varied as their sources and the people they represent, and imagine a strong history and stronger future for the region. Any reader used to United States or European-centered steampunk should definitely check out this collection for a new take on an endlessly varied subgenre. Readers interested in the intersection of science fiction and folklore will definitely enjoy the stories in The SEA is Ours, while those who like to see representation of many types of diversity will enjoy this collection’s inclusion of not just cultural, but ability and gender diversity as well.
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This was an interesting enough anthology compiling steampunk stories written by authors from Southeast Asia, mainly from the Philippines.Read more
An interesting change of setting, mixing south-eastern Asia culture and...Read more