Book Box

Tales beyond the borders of reality

In this week's edition of Book Box, The Sunday Times looks at new speculative fiction that asks "What if?", from gender-bending twists on the tales of Chinese emperors to supernatural shenanigans in 19th-century Singapore

In a futuristic underground cemetery, machines dispense electronic prayers for the departed. A man's shadow splits into two. A serial killer stalks Singapore, posing victims in tableaux inspired by South-east Asian art.

These are the worlds of Singa-Pura-Pura, a groundbreaking anthology that collects speculative fiction by home-grown Malay writers.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 19, 2021, with the headline 'Tales beyond the borders of reality'. Subscribe