Writer Ng Yi-Sheng subverts the myths of the Lion City in fantasy and science fiction

Writer Ng Yi-Sheng is now doing a PhD at Nanyang Technological University while working on a novel set in 14th-century Singapore.
Writer Ng Yi-Sheng is now doing a PhD at Nanyang Technological University while working on a novel set in 14th-century Singapore.ST PHOTO: JEREMY KWAN

SINGAPORE - In Ng Yi-Sheng's new short story collection Lion City, a man starts to believe he was a bowl of laksa in his past life. It becomes a problem. He can no longer eat good food for fear that he is consuming somebody's past incarnation.

Ng, 38, maintains he is not, in real life, a bowl of laksa. If anything, he is something homely, perhaps lotus root and pork bone soup. "I think I would like to be crazier and wilder than I actually am," he says.

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