This issue of LONTAR presents speculative writing from and about Singapore, the Philippines, Cambodia and Taiwan.
Inside these pages, you’ll find:
- the evocation of an alternate ancient Cambodia from multiple award-winner Geoff Ryman;
- an investigative automotive revenge tale from Palanca Grand Prize winner Dean Francis Alfar;
- the mystery of magically appearing furniture from Taiwanese short fiction wunderkind Sabrina Huang (deftly translated by PEN/Heim grant recipient Jeremy Tiang);
- an uneasy exploration of marital discord on the road from Manila Critics’ Circle National Book Award winner Nikki Alfar;
- a quasi-Ballardian take on beach resort culture from Ben Slater;
- the uniquely Singaporean response to a viral outbreak from JY Yang;
- and speculative poetry from Anne Carly Abad, Arlene Ang, Tse Hao Guang, Cyril Wong, David Wong Hsien Ming and Daryl Yam.
This issue marks the handover of publication and distribution of LONTAR to Epigram Books.
- The More Things Change | Jason Erik Lundberg (editorial)
- A Field Guide to the Roads of Manila | Dean Francis Alfar (fiction)
- Setting Up Home | Sabrina Huang (trans. Jeremy Tiang) (fiction)
- Resort Time | Ben Slater (fiction)
- The Elephant in the Room | Anne Carly Abad (poetry)
- Before the Last War | David Wong Hsien Ming (poetry)
- Signs, or The Fate of Big-Footed Individuals | Daryl Yam (poetry)
- Harbour | Tse Hao Guang (poetry)
- Since We Stopped Communicating | Cyril Wong (poetry)
- Three Poems | Arlene Ang (poetry)
- Mother’s Day | JY Yang (fiction)
- An Unexpected Stop | Nikki Alfar (fiction)
- The Last Ten Years in the Life of Hero Kai | Geoff Ryman (fiction)