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The Steampowered Globe
Thanks Jess Nevins for the brilliant review in io9 "A Steampunk Anthology from Singapore With No Misery Allowed"! We love you!
"A 144 page, seven story anthology with a high rate of success--high by any standards ... The fact that so many of the stories succeed is a tribute both to the Happy Smiley Writers Group and to editors Abu Samah and Rosemary Lim." Jess Nevins

The third collaboration between AS¡FF and the Happy Smiley Writers Group is full of awesome creativity. The Steampowered Globe is Singapore's second speculative fiction anthology. Happiness at the End of the World, published in 2009, is the first (see below).

This truly innovative anthology features seven short stories:
  • "Ascension" Leow Hui Min Annabeth (Ann VanderMeer's choice for Steampunk Revolution)
  • "No, They Dream Of Mechanical Hearts" Claire Cheong
  • "Morrow's Knight" Viki Chua
  • "Colours" Yuen Xiang Hao
  • "The Morning Glory Incident" Mint Kang
  • "Help! Same Angler Fish's Been Gawking for Eight Minutes!" Ng Kum Hoon
  • "Captain Bells and the Sovereign State of Discordia" JY Yang (Ann VanderMeer's choice for Steampunk Revolution)

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The Steampowered Globe
Published: January 2012
Format: 175x110mm, paperback
Extent: 144pp
RRP: S$18 (excl. P&P)
Paperback ISBN: 978-981-07-0549-7
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It's 2045 and Prix Chan is beginning her National Service. Her father, Pierre, believes she can handle it but her mother, Su, is hysterical at the thought of her daughter leaving the safety of Singapore's Green Underwater Metropolis, the Bubble G.U.M., a self-sufficient city-state protected three miles beneath the waves by a dome of chewing gum.
Little does anyone know that in less than a week Prix will cause the biggest crisis to hit Singapore since the planet went into meltdown creating a world of water and a human civilisation on the brink of annihilation.
A collaborative novel from Happy Smiley (aka, the six members of the Happy Smiley Writers Group), Bubble G.U.M. is out to prove that thought-stretching literature and revealing bikinis are not mutually exclusive. And, yes, it is Sci-fi in all its glory.

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Bubble G.U.M.
Published: November 2010
Format: 175x110mm, paperback
Extent: 304pp
RRP: S$18 (excl. GST)
ISBN: 978-981-08-3557-6
Happiness at the End of the World is Singapore's first ever, ground-breaking, innovative speculative fiction anthology. There's only one "first ever" and this is it. Published in 2009, Happiness at the End of the World was launched at the Singapore Writers Festival. The fact that the Singapore press ignored it does not mean it did not happen.

Eight science fiction short stories with a different take of the theme of a moment of post-Armageddon happiness. Sub-genres include crime, romance and adventure with settings ranging from a desolate space station to a war-ravaged world, a jungle village to a super-clean Singapore of the future.

While the rest of the world is doom and gloom over climate change, ancient predictions of planetary alignments spelling the end of days and the potential for nuclear holocaust, one book has come to the rescue with some joy in the midst of horror.

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Published: November 2009
Format: 175x110mm, paperback
Extent: 124 pp
RRP: S$18 (excl. GST)
ISBN: 978-981-08-3580-4
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