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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Futurefire.net Publishing (10 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957397526
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957397521
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,224,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte A. Hawksmoor on 26 Oct 2013
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Colonialism is one of those things that's always in the background when we build fantastical worlds, and far too often it goes woefully under-explored by both the author and their audience. This doesn't just lead to the further exclusion of non-white and non-western readers from the science fiction and fantasy communities--it leads to those communities becoming dull and lifeless echo-chambers with the same narratives and stories bouncing around over and over again. With that in mind, short fiction anthology We See a Different Frontier is a rare gem indeed: an anthology of post-colonial speculative fiction from the folks behind progressive fiction 'zine The Future Fire.

And I don't think I'm going too far in saying that there will be something in this collection for everyone. The authors, and indeed the stories themselves, are so diverse in their styles, backgrounds and content that you'd be hard-pressed not to find at least a couple of pieces that knocked your socks off. And, whilst this did mean that I ended up reading a couple of stories that just didn't do anything for me, the editing work of Fabio Fernandes and Djibril al-Ayad meant that I never felt as though the anthology had lost its focus.

The introduction does a great job of setting the collection up without getting in the way of the stories, and the inclusion of forewords and afterwords from the likes of Aliette du Bodard and Ekaterina Sedia are evidence enough of the high standard of the work involved. All of this boded well. Nothing puts me off an anthology more than forewords, afterwords and annotations that only serve to boost the ego of the editors.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Well worth the read 26 Aug 2013
By M. Jeleva - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Time travel, space travel, distant and not so distant futures, alternate realities, alien worlds, alien creatures, alien cultures - "We See A Different Frontier" has them all and much, much more. It's a thoroughly engaging science-fiction anthology book in which the authors take it upon themselves to explore complex issues such as colonialism, racism, imperialism and many others from non-traditional viewpoints. Each story reflects the central themes of the book well, speaking hard truths without flinching. It's thought-provoking and thoroughly engaging. I may not have liked all of the stories, but there was something in every story that I liked, whether it be a character, concept or even a line of dialogue. It was well worth the read and I highly recommend it.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
An excellent anthology 20 Oct 2013
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While there were two or three entries that didn’t really appeal to me for one reason or another, all the stories here are expertly and impressively crafted, and most had me riveted (to the point that I once missed my subway stop).

They express a variety of complex viewpoints of colonialism and its impact that resist the simple bad guy/good guy tropes that are so tempting in these cases. Rahul Kanakia’s story “Droplet,” for example, tells about a young man’s maturing as he discovers the truths and lies behind his family’s history in the U.S. and India. Lavie Tidhar’s “Dark Continents” weaves and reweaves several different alternate histories. Sunny Moraine’s non-human protagonist tries to come to terms with memories of genocide in “A Heap of Broken Images.” And J.Y. Yang’s “Old Domes” illustrates how the ghosts of the past and the future can make peace with each other.

If you’re looking for alternative viewpoints in your speculative fiction, this is a very good place to come. And if you’re not interested in your or anyone else’s agenda, but are simply in the market for good, well-written specfic, then We See A Different Frontier belongs on your list as well.
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