We See a Different Frontier

A Postcolonial Speculative Fiction Anthology

2013 Futurefire.net Publishing
Edited by Fabio Fernandes and Djibril al-Ayad
Stories by Joyce Chng, Ernest Hogan, Rahul Kanakia, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz, Sandra McDonald, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Gabriel Murray, Shweta Narayan, Dinesh Rao, N.A. Ratnayake, Sofia Samatar, Benjanun Sriduangkaew, Lavie Tidhar and J.Y. Yang
Cover art by Carmen Moran
Guest preface by Aliette de Bodard
Critical afterword by Ekaterina Sedia

Table of contents

This anthology of speculative fiction stories on the themes of colonialism and cultural imperialism focuses on the viewpoints of the colonized. Sixteen authors share their experiences of being the silent voices in history and on the wrong side of the final frontier; their fantasies of a reality in which straight, cis, able-bodied, rich, anglophone, white males don’t get to tell us how they won every war; their revenge against the alien oppressor settling their “new world”.

Where to buy We See a Different Frontier


  • Sunny Moraine’s “A Heap of Broken Images” and Sandra McDonald’s “Fleet” both reprinted in Gardner Dozois’s The Year’s Best Science Fiction, Thirty-first Annual Collection (2014).
    • In addition,  “A Bridge of Words” by Dinesh Rao, “Droplet” by Rahul Kanakia, “Forests of the Night” by Gabriel Murray, “Remembering Turinam” by N.A. Ratnayake, “Vector” by Benjanun Sriduangkaew, “Dark Continents” by Lavie Tidhar and “Old Domes” by J.Y. Yang all given honorable mentions in Dozois's Year's Best 31.
  • Benjanun Sriduangkaew’s “Vector” reprinted in Heiresses of Russ: The Year’s Best lesbian Speculative Fiction, edited by Melissa Scott and Steve Berman (2014).
  • Benjanun Sriduangkaew’s “Vector” reprinted again in The Mammoth Book of SF Stories by Women, edited by Alex Dally MacFarlane (2014).

Reviews of We See a Different Frontier

Praise for We See a Different Frontier

"This is not just an interesting and entertaining collection, but also a necessary, convincing critique of the colonialist tropes that mark many of speculative fiction’s genre conventions."
Publishers Weekly

"Vivid, dynamic, and wide-ranging stories make WSADF a powerful anthology. Highly recommended."
Kate Elliott

"For all its literary excellence  [...] We See a Different Frontier: A Postcolonial Speculative Fiction Anthology is presented to readers as an anthology with an agenda."
Jared Shurin, Tor.com

"The strength of this collection is, not surprisingly, its diversity in story, approach, and form while still being focussed on a theme. This is a book that anyone that wants to pay more than just lip service to the idea of diversity needs to read."
Sean Wright, Adventures of a Bookonaut

"Many anthologists, when asked about the lack of diversity in their work, declare that they care about quality and not quotas. This book shows that diversity needn’t come at a cost, and is in fact an extremely valuable quality for an anthology."
Stephen Theaker, Theaker's Quarterly

"But it’s not only for its subject and themes and its presentation of oft-excluded perspectives that We See a Different Frontier is essential. The entire book and many of its stories deserve inclusion on award ballots and in the best-of-the-year lists and anthologies for 2013."
Cynthia Ward, Cascadia Subduction Zone

"I think this is, overall, the best multi-author anthology I've ever read."
Rrain Prior, Goodreads librarian


Fabio Fernandes & Djibril al-Ayad (eds.), We See a Different Frontier: A Postcolonial Speculative Fiction Anthology. Futurefire.net Publishing, 2013. Pp. vii + 213. ISBN-print 978-0-9573975-2-1; ISBN-electronic 978-0-9573975-3-8. $11.00/£9.00.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Fabulous anthology! Am reading it now and thoroughly enjoying it. Thank you for producing/editing it. :)

Kim Goldberg
Nanaimo, BC