Monthly Archives: June 2014

SPIRITS ABROAD is out!

Me signing my book

The book is out! I’ve done a book launch! And now I have three brown paper parcels’ worth of books to sell and give away.

Spirits Abroad

How to get the book

I’ve set up a new page on my website with information about how you can order/pre-order the paperback: How to buy SPIRITS ABROAD. It’s very easy if you’re in Malaysia — MPH branches mostly seem to have it, so should other bookshops, and you can of course order it directly from Fixi. It’s slightly more complicated if you’re outside Malaysia, but you can pre-order it from Amazon.com (it’s not available on the other Amazons, as far as I know).

I’ll also be putting out an ebook later this year, with various extras. You may want to wait for that! If you do buy the paperback, though, hang on to your proof of payment — I’ll be offering a discount on the ebook price to people who bought the paperback.

Attending Nine Worlds or WorldCon this year?

If you’re coming to Nine Worlds Geekfest 2014 or Loncon 3 this August, you can get the book at either con!

Nine Worlds: The book will be available in the dealers’ room. I’ll probably have a couple of copies on me as well if you happen to run into me at the con.

Loncon 3: Unless someone offers me space on a vendor’s table (which, that would be very welcome!) you’ll have to get ahold of me to get ahold of the book.

If you would like to get the book at these cons, what would be really helpful for me is if you could reserve a copy by completing the fields below and paying in advance. That’ll enable me to put aside a book for you, as I only have limited copies of the paperback. Reserve your copy below the cut!

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SPIRITS ABROAD – Cover reveal

So if you follow me on Twitter or Facebook (or worst of all, BOTH), you will have seen this plenty of times, but I am super excited about it and will not rest till I have posted it on every Internet outlet possible. I may start printing it off and sticking it to lamp-posts.

For lo! I have a cover!

SPIRITS ABROAD cover - woman's face with eyes shut and a frangipani in the middle of her forehead

Back copy

“If you live near the jungle, you will realise that what is real and what is not real is not always clear. In the forest there is not a big gap between the two.”

A Datin recalls her romance with an orang bunian. A teenage pontianak struggles to balance homework, bossy aunties, first love, and eating people. An earth spirit gets entangled in protracted negotiations with an annoying landlord, and Chang E spins off into outer space, the ultimate metaphor for the Chinese diaspora.

Straddling the worlds of the mundane and the magical, SPIRITS ABROAD collects 10 science fiction and fantasy stories with a distinctively Malaysian sensibility.

Launch

The book will be out in a week’s time (!) from Fixi Novo, an imprint of Buku Fixi, an indie press I’ve been following with great interest since it was started up by the confusingly multi-talented Amir Muhammad. Fixi has taken off in a huge way since its early days, and I am thrilled to be published with them.

As I mentioned in my previous post, the launch will be at Whitebox @ Publika, starting at 5 pm on Saturday 21st: the Facebook event has more details. Fellow Malaysian SF author Ee Leen Lee will also be launching her book, 13 MOONS. It should be good! Do come if you are in KL. (Must BYO spirits, though.)

How you can get ahold of the book

Because a couple of people asked — the paperback will be available for purchase on Amazon US if you’re outside Malaysia. I’ll put up a link when it’s up. I’ll also be selling/giving away a few once I get ahold of my author copies, and I’ll be happy to ship those anywhere in the world.

Plus, I’m planning to release an ebook version soon, which will probably have extra stories. \o/ I’d also like to include other extras, though I can’t think of anything just this minute. What sort of extras would you like to see? Maybe I’ll do a “DVD commentary” (do people still do these for fic?), or an interview or something. (I will interview … MYSELF)

Anyway! I don’t expect to shift that many copies of the ebook, but I just want to make sure any readers outside Malaysia can get ahold of the book easily if they want it (and TBH, to the extent that I have readers, the overwhelming majority of them are outside Malaysia). If you’re inside Malaysia, though, it’ll be super easy to get — order from the website (not yet la, after launch only can), or in stores.

Full Table of Contents below the cut!

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The Cooler Lumpur Festival

In just over a week’s time I’m going to be back in Malaysia! \o/ I haven’t been home in more than a year. It feels like it’s been DECADES. I am super excited.

I’ll be appearing at #FAST: The Cooler Lumpur Festival, a multidisciplinary arts festival that’s all about ideas. And hashtags. Hashtag ideas!

Programme items I’ll be on:

FIXI NOVO Book Launch
Saturday, 21 June 2014
5.00 pm – 6.30 pm
White Box @ Publika
Facebook event: Fixi Novo Double Book Launch

Fixi Novo will be launching my first book, Spirits Abroad, which collects 10 short stories including three new stories that have never been published anywhere yet ever. !!!

There will also be another awesome Malaysian author launching a book at this event. More details to come soon!

The Age of Creativity
Saturday, 21 June 2014
8.00 pm – 9.00 pm
Black Box @ Publika
Facebook event: The Age of Creativity panel

Do we have enough fresh, new, and unique ideas to continue to push the boundaries of literature and music and film? Is everything derivative? Whatever happened to originality? Is it something altogether unattainable in this day and age? A discussion on what – if anything – is lacking in the world of the arts. A discussion on whether such creative doomsaying is premature.

Panelists: Gary Thomas, Ian Casocot, Zen Cho
Moderator: Lee Chwi Lynn

This is a really interesting topic, and ties in with the thing I’m on the next evening in a totally unplanned way —

“Inspiration, Influence and Interaction” Writing Workshop
Sunday, 22 Jun 2014
6.30 pm – 9.30 pm It’ll probably be more like 8.30 pm, to be honest. People will be tired and hungry!
Interpr8 Art Space, Publika
Facebook event: Writing workshop

Writing is often viewed as a solitary activity, but nobody creates in a vacuum. Writers are influenced not only by the books they read, but by art, movies, pop culture, politics and their peers. In this workshop participants will discuss their artistic influences, generate ideas, and consider how to draw upon existing works and ideas in their creative practice to produce work that is distinctively their own.

Tickets are available at www.tix.my (RM20 online; RM25 at the door).

I am also running a writing workshop! I’m hoping it’ll be a fun conversation with lots of noodling about ideas and writing of little snippets and so on and so forth. #Faster sign up! Ahhh, I kill myself.

You can see the full programme here. Let me know if you’re going to be there!