CYBERPUNK: MALAYSIA by Zen Cho
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I don't know if it's fair to rate a book that I have a story in, but well, I guess I'm rating all the stories in the book other than mine. =) Anyway, as much as I was hoping that I would fall desperately in love with Cyberpunk: Malaysia, I didn't. I liked it well enough. It's pretty decent. But it's not gripping. But as far as debut Malaysian Sci-Fi goes, it's a good offering. So that's 3.5 stars from me!
There is a quote (I think) which says something about writers reflecting the state of their country through their stories. I think Cyberpunk: Malaysia does that. In imagining the near future, the writers in this anthology give vent to their worries about religion and religious control, the greed of our politicians, the growing racial divide, the growing economic divide, the burgeoning anger of the populace, the treatment of foreign workers and the polarizing effect of knowledge or the lack thereof.
Attack of the spambots - Terence Toh
What the andromaid reads at night - Ted Mahsun
The wall that wasn't a wall - Kris Williamson
The twins - Adiwijaya Iskandar
October 11 - Chin Ai-May
Undercover in Tanah Firdaus - Tina Isaacs
Unusual suspects - Tariq Kamal
The White Mask - Zedeck Siew
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