The first science fiction anthology to focus on the immigrant experience
February 11, 2015 10:38 AM   Subscribe

The first science fiction anthology to focus on the immigrant experience
How to Live on Other Planets: A Handbook for Aspiring Aliens explores the immigrant experience in a science fiction setting, with fiction and poetry from Sturgeon winner Sarah Pinsker, James Tiptree, Jr., Award winner Nisi Shawl and Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy Award winner Ken Liu, as well as 32 other writers, most of them themselves immigrants or the children of immigrants.

The book is available for pre-order now as an ebook (Amazon, Kobo) and will be available in paperback on March 16th.


Dean Francis Alfar is the publisher of the Philippine Speculative Fiction annuals, and the author of Salamanca.

Born in Madrid of Cuban parents en route to the United States, Celia Lisset Alvarez wrote Shapeshifting, which received the 2005 Spire Press Poetry Award.

RJ Astruc lives in New Zealand and has written two novels: Harmonica + Gig and A Festival of Skeletons.

Lisa Bao is Chinese, Canadian, and American to various degrees. Her poetry has previously been published in Strange Horizons and Eye to the Telescope.

Pinckney Benedict has published a novel and three collections of short fiction, including Miracle Boy and Other Stories. His work has been in Esquire, Zoetrope: All-Story, and the O. Henry Award series.

Octavia E. Butler Scholar Lisa Bolekaja co-hosts a screenwriting podcast called “Hilliard Guess’ Screenwriters Rant Room” and her work has been in Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History, and The WisCon Chronicles: Volume 8.

Mary Buchinger is the author of Aerialist (shortlisted for the May Swenson Poetry Award, the OSU Press/The Journal Wheeler Prize for Poetry and the Perugia Press Prize).

2013 finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, Zen Cho was born and raised in Malaysia, and now lives in London. Her short story collection Spirits Abroad was published in summer 2014.

Tina Connolly’s books include the Nebula-nominated fantasy Ironskin (Tor, 2012) and its sequel Copperhead.

Octavia E. Butler Scholar Indrapramit Das is a writer and artist from Kolkata, India. His fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, Asimov’s and Apex Magazine.

Tor Books published Tom Doyle’s first novel, American Craftsmen, in 2014. His novelette The Wizard of Macatawa) won the WSFA Small Press Award.

Peg Duthie is a Taiwanese Texan resident of Tennessee, and the author of Measured Extravagance.

Tom Greene grew up as a biracial Anglo/Latino science nerd, then moved to New England to study British Literature. Recent publications include short stories in Analog, Polluto and Strange Horizons.

Benjamin S. Grossberg is the author of Space Traveler, and Sweet Core Orchard (winner of the 2008 Tampa Review Prize and a Lambda Literary Award).

Minal Hajratwala has inhabited San Francisco, New Zealand, Michigan, and Bangalore, and edited Out! Stories from the New Queer India and wrote Bountiful Instructions for Enlightenment.

Julie Bloss Kelsey's scifaiku have appeared in Scifaikuest, Seven by Twenty, microcosms, and Eye to the Telescope.

Rose Lemberg was born in Ukraine, and lived in subarctic Russia before immigrating to Israel with her family in 1990 and to the US in 2001. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Apex, and other venues.

Ken Liu is a winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards. His debut novel, The Grace of Kings, will be published by Simon & Schuster’s new genre fiction imprint in 2015.

Alex Dally MacFarlane is a writer, editor and historian. Her writing has been in Clarkesworld Magazine, Strange Horizons, Heiresses of Russ 2013: The Year’s Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction and other anthologies.

Anil Menon’s short stories have appeared in Albedo One, Chiaroscuro, Interzone, Interfictions, LCRW, Sybil’s Garage, Strange Horizons, among other publications.

Editor Joanne Merriam is a Nova Scotian writer living in Nashville, Tennessee, and runs Upper Rubber Boot Books. She is also the co-editor, with H. L. Nelson, of Choose Wisely: 35 Women Up To No Good.

Mary Anne Mohanraj wrote Bodies in Motion (a finalist for the Asian American Book Awards and translated into six languages) and nine other titles, most recently The Stars Change.

Daniel José Older is the author of Shadowshaper and Half-Resurrection Blues from Penguin’s Roc imprint. Publishers Weekly hailed him as a “rising star of the genre.”

Abbey Mei Otis is a fellow at the Michener Center for Writers in Austin, Texas.

Sarah Pinsker's fiction has been published in Asimov’s, Strange Horizons, Lightspeed, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and the Long Hidden anthology.

Manila-based Elyss G. Punsalan has work in Philippine Speculative Fiction, A Time for Dragons, HORROR: Filipino Fiction for Young Adults, and the webzine Bewildering Stories.

Benjamin Rosenbaum lives near Basel, Switzerland. His stories have been in Nature, Harper’s, F&SF, Asimov’s, McSweeney’s, and Strange Horizons, and nominated for Hugo, Nebula, BSFA, Locus, World Fantasy, and Sturgeon Awards.

Erica L. Satifka’s fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld Magazine, Daily Science Fiction, Ideomancer, Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet and the Greek magazine supplement εννέα.

Nisi Shawl’s collection Filter House was a 2009 James Tiptree, Jr., Award winner; her stories have been in Asimov’s, Strange Horizons, The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror and both volumes of the Dark Matter series.

Lewis Shiner’s novels include Dark Tangos, Frontera, Deserted Cities of the Heart, and the World Fantasy Award-winning Glimpses.

Marge Simon’s poems appear in Strange Horizons, Pedestal Magazine, Dreams & Nightmares and other places.

Sonya Taaffe’s writing can be found in Postcards from the Province of Hyphens, Singing Innocence and Experience, and A Mayse-Bikhl. She is senior poetry editor at Strange Horizons.

Hungarian Jewish author Bogi Takács is a psycholinguist and popular-science journalist. E writes both speculative fiction and poetry, and eir works have been published in a variety of venues like Strange Horizons, Apex and GigaNotoSaurus.

Deborah Walker's stories have appeared in Nature’s Futures, Cosmos, Daily Science Fiction and The Year’s Best SF 18.

A South African clinical psychologist, Nick Wood has short stories in AfroSF, Interzone, Infinity Plus, PostScripts, Redstone Science Fiction and Subterfuge.

An NEA Fellow in literature, Bryan Thao Worra is an award-winning Lao-American writer. He is the author of the books of speculative poetry On the Other Side of the Eye, Barrow, and Demonstra.
Role: editor and publisher
posted by joannemerriam (3 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite

This sounds great - can't wait to read!
posted by missmariab at 1:20 PM on February 11, 2015 [1 favorite]

/adds release date to calendar

Awesome. Thanks!
posted by rtha at 9:22 PM on February 11, 2015 [1 favorite]

This sounds great. Instant kindle pre-order ! (thanks for including non us amazon stores btw)
posted by motdiem2 at 5:32 AM on February 12, 2015 [1 favorite]

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