Torddotcom Publishing is thrilled to announce that Lindsey Hall and Ruoxi Chen have acquired World English rights to The Way Spring Arrives and Other Stories, a new anthology of Chinese science fiction and fantasy, written, edited, and translated by women and nonbinary creators, from Regina Kanyu Wang, Zhang Yiwen, and Emily Xueni Jin at Storycom. The collection will be available in hardcover and ebook in Spring 2022.
As the home of the critically acclaimed Broken Stars and Invisible Planets, Tom Doherty Associates continues to expand its Chinese science fiction and fantasy program with this brand new collection. It will feature stories by award-winning authors Anna Wu, Xia Jia, Gu Shi, and Wang Nuonuo, among others, with a star-studded team of translators including Rebecca F. Kuang, Carmen Yiling Yan, and Gigi Chang, and many more. The collection will also feature critical essays on the art of translation, the state of science fiction and fantasy in China and the United States by Emily Xueni Jin (Yale University), Xueting Christine Ni (Sinopticon), and Jing Tsu (Yale University).
While the final Table of Contents and other details are still in progress, we’re pleased to present the brilliant contributors involved with the project. Authors, translators, and essayists are listed alphabetically by first name or pen name.
Carmen Yiling Yan
Emily Xueni Jin
Judy Yi Zhou
Rebecca F. Kuang
Emily Xueni Jin
Rebecca F. Kuang
Xueting Christine Ni
Said producer and translator Emily Xueni Jin:
This collection is a kaleidoscope of contemporary Chinese speculative fiction that strives to embody the idea of stepping beyond boundaries in every way possible: moving away from the field of contemporary Chinese speculative fiction long dominated by men, we are represented specifically by a team of women and nonbinary creators who have generally been understated in international publication.
Blurring the line between “hard and soft” science fiction, we include not only science fiction, but also fantasy, myth-ridden lores, and general speculative fiction. We feature not only writers more known by the Anglophone world, but also writers extremely popular in China who have never been translated before, and a promising batch of new talents.
Moreover, as the spotlight has long been centered on writers and writers only, in this anthology, we wish to present other forms of rendering creativity that are just as crucial to fiction, namely translation and critical essays. We believe that contemporary Chinese speculative fiction is not a single tune. Instead, it should be a symphony—composed by multiple voices, different kinds of talents, and most importantly a community of various components equally as important that nourish and inspire each other.
Said Storycom editor and producer Regina Kanyu Wang:
While putting together the anthology, we tried to include a wide range of voices, from science fiction and fantasy to mainstream literature with fantastic elements; from established authors who appear in English a lot, representative writers of their generation who have never been translated, to brand new voices in both Chinese and English. We are so excited to present not only those authors, but also our translators, who have equally unique voices and have been working hard on delivering Chinese literature into English in various disciplines. This book was an opportunity for a brilliant team to assemble and the starting point for more to come.
Said TDA editors Ruoxi Chen and Lindsey Hall:
Over the last few years, we have been so excited to see the brilliant science fiction and fantasy being brought to English readers for the first time, and have had the pleasure of working with incredible talents like Ken Liu, Baoshu, and Chen Qiufan. With this collection, we’re thrilled to bring even more voices into the conversation. This all-female and nonbinary anthology—one of the first of its kind in Chinese SFF—spans time, space, worlds, and imagination. It will give English-language readers a window into the astonishing work being done in the Chinese science fiction and fantasy community. Working with Regina, Emily, and Yu Chen in assembling this incredible list of contributors and putting together this project has been a privilege.
Storycom is dedicated to discovering and commercializing excellent stories, especially science fiction and fantasy. Several of Storycom’s feature or short films have been screened or awarded in various international film festivals. In partnership with Clarkesworld from the US, Future Fiction from Italy, Kapsel from Germany, Galaxy 42 from Romania and more, Storycom is also working on introducing Chinese science fiction to a broader audience globally.
Zhang Yiwen, CEO of Storycom, is the presenter and producer of science fiction films like The End of the Lonely Island, Deep In and Shock; co-producer of the film My Best Summer; vice editor-in-chief of The Film Production Handbook of The Wandering Earth. She has been devoted to science fiction story development and dramatic presentation production as well as building the platform of publishing Chinese literature both domestically and internationally.
Yu Chen has been working on the publication of science fiction and fantasy for almost ten years. She has planned and established an SFF column “Tales from Nowhere,” organized and participated a number of SFF forums, conventions, workshops and conferences, and published more than ten SFF books, including “Hospital Trilogy” by Han Song (Hospital, Exorcism and Revenant) and The New Wave of Chinese Science Fiction: History, Poetics and Text by Song Mingwei. Exorcism won the Best Original Book Award of the 29th Galaxy Award of Chinese Science Fiction.
Regina Kanyu Wang is a bilingual writer from Shanghai who writes both in Chinese and English. She has won the SF Comet international short story competition and multiple Xingyun Awards for Global Chinese SF. Her stories can be found in various magazines and anthologies, as well as her two individual collections, Of Cloud and Mist 2.2 and The Seafood Restaurant. She is the cofounder of SF AppleCore and the Overseas Market Director of Storycom, and will soon join the CoFUTURES project at the University of Oslo to research contemporary Chinese science fiction by female creators.
Emily Xueni Jin is a science fiction and fantasy translator. She graduated from Wellesley College in 2017, and she is currently pursuing a PhD in East Asian Languages and Literature at Yale University. Her research focuses on cognitive literary studies, technology and Chinese science fiction. She has worked with various prominent Chinese SFF writers to translate their works into English as well as translating several books into Chinese, including The Search for Philip K. Dick (biography by Anne R. Dick).
The Way Spring Arrives and Other Stories will be available from Tordotcom Publishing in 2022.