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Cyberpunk as you've never seen it beforeScience fiction is all about outrageous ideas NiceMalay girls breaking the rules Censorship Brain dra Like many other Malaysian Science Fiction fans I was excited by the very thought of this anthology which is the first to my knowledge Malaysian English Science Fiction anthologyI love the cover plain foil that doubles as a murky mirror Perhaps it's a nod to Mirrorshades a Cyberpunk anthology published in 1986 The digital edition covers are pretty tooSadly that's about the only positive thing I can say about this anthology other than a few amazing stories that I'll mention in a bit Most of the stories aren't even Science Fiction much less Cyberpunk They're merely General Fiction with robots and plasma guns thrown in so that they can pass off as SF As a genre writer this pisses me off How can we expect Malaysian SF to be taken seriouslyWell on with my review of each story in the anthology Underneath Her TudungAt its essence this is a story about a young woman who is accepting her new existence as a cyborg However the storytelling is an absolute mess It’s a Manglish fest but the mangled English feltforced as if used for its effect The story meanders and doesn’t have any focus at all I’m not sure if using this story as the opening piece is a good idea It definitely sets the book as Malaysian though both for its terrible Manglish and for its unfocused storytelling CodesIt’s a story about a girl using a fake identity to bypass the restrictions set on Muslims That ends in something completely off tangent and didactic Another typical Malaysian storytelling and forgettable PersonalI’m frustrated with this one The writing is good and engaging but the story doesn’t go anywhere It’s about a woman’s fear of Personal Device theft—in other words one’s entire digital signature is stolen While the story goes on and on about that fear as well as world building it feels as though the real story is in the rushed and summarized ending scene Attack of the SpambotsA case of abused exclamation marks and misplaced colons But I can definitely see this one as an over acted B grade movie in SyFy and it's a good thing Sort of The ending could have been expanded but overall it’s a fun read—provided one doesn’t overanalyze things One Hundred Years MachineThe first piece in this anthology that actually reads like Science Fiction The way it’s told written as a dissertation abstract is also interesting and well chosen While most Cyberpunk stories are told from an underdog’s perspective this one is told from the Man’s view I like this one What the Andromaid Reads at NightThis story is told in a detached third person narration in line with the tradition of fables and folktales It’s an example of plot driven stories where characterization is secondary It’s good that the writer doesn’t employ the Pinocchio trope The andromaid doesn’t pretend to be human; it’s a robot discovering the wonders of Islam in a radically secular nation It is however reminiscent of Chappie especially with the identitymemory transfer KakakTake an Indonesian maid’s dilemma in newspapers and dramas and you’ll get exactly the same story This is nowhere near Science Fiction much less Cyberpunk I don’t know what this story is doing in this anthology The Wall that wasn’t a WallNo robots or wearablepersonalized technology in this piece which is a breath of fresh air Set in a dystopian future where some people are no better off than animals it’s a decent read However the world building falls flat The TwinsTHIS SHOULD HAVE BEEEN THE OPENING PIECE Robots possessed by spirits Yes Tasteful garnishing of Manglish Yes Amazing storytelling Yes I love this story If there is only one story I can recommend out of this anthology “The Twins” is it I look forward to reading from the author October 11I got bored reading this The story is incomplete; it feels as though there should be a continuation after the reveal at the end of the story for it to have a complete arc Undercover in Tanah FirdausAlmost two pages of backstory which sets the world to something like Final Fantasy VII with its platform city where the privileged enjoy luxuries and sunlight while the undercity slums is in perpetual shadow The story starts off slow with plenty of acronyms and expositions and clunky world building but it picks up when Inspector Moktar submits his holographic reports I love this different format of storytelling and how instead of the usual slum is bad and the upper society needs to be overtaken trope think Elysium and In Time this story shows the opposite Despite the exposition at the beginning this is a good and solid piece one that doesn’t deserve to be buried in the middle of the anthology Unusual SuspectsFinally a story in this anthology that reads like actual Science Fiction with a hard SF bent I enjoyed the storyuntil the final scene with its forced Manglish because that’s how Malays talk apparently as opposed to the Caucasian protagonist Ruined my reading experience Gah The White MaskThe author has delivered another brilliant story Take smart paint and graffiti artists who are anti establishment and we get an awesome Cyberpunk story right here No robots are needed I love how the story is told in fragmented streams of consciousness Another solid piece Extracts From DMZine #13 January 2115I feel like this “story” is smarter than I am Interesting choice of formatting but the articles appear disjointed so unrelated that I think I’m missing something here Worth a reread later What I do notice in this anthology is thatI didn't detect any glaring typos It is however severely underwhelming and a disappointing read for an SFF fan It's especially disappointing when Manglish is used for effect instead of effective communication and good stories are buried in the middle of the anthology in danger of not being read should people stop reading after the first few stories Then again these are my personal thoughts and I do hope that others will love the entire bookAfter all I do fervently hope that this will be the first Malaysian English SF anthology and not the only one The Defiant Debutante dra Like many other Malaysian Science Fiction fans I was excited by the very thought of this anthology which is the first to my knowledge Malaysian English Science Fiction anthologyI love the cover plain foil that Gold Rush Groom doubles as a murky mirror Perhaps it's a nod to Mirrorshades a Cyberpunk anthology published in 1986 The Tested By Fire digital edition covers are pretty tooSadly that's about the only positive thing I can say about this anthology other than a few amazing stories that I'll mention in a bit Most of the stories aren't even Science Fiction much less Cyberpunk They're merely General Fiction with robots and plasma guns thrown in so that they can pass off as SF As a genre writer this pisses me off How can we expect Malaysian SF to be taken seriouslyWell on with my review of each story in the anthology Underneath Her TudungAt its essence this is a story about a young woman who is accepting her new existence as a cyborg However the storytelling is an absolute mess It’s a Manglish fest but the mangled English feltforced as if used for its effect The story meanders and Rancher Daddy (Saddlers Prairie, doesn’t have any focus at all I’m not sure if using this story as the opening piece is a good idea It Even in the Darkness (The Lakeview Series, definitely sets the book as Malaysian though both for its terrible Manglish and for its unfocused storytelling CodesIt’s a story about a girl using a fake identity to bypass the restrictions set on Muslims That ends in something completely off tangent and Maybe This Christmas...? didactic Another typical Malaysian storytelling and forgettable PersonalI’m frustrated with this one The writing is good and engaging but the story The Quest (Warriors for the Light doesn’t go anywhere It’s about a woman’s fear of Personal Device theft—in other words one’s entire The Rich Stranger (Princes of the Outback, digital signature is stolen While the story goes on and on about that fear as well as world building it feels as though the real story is in the rushed and summarized ending scene Attack of the SpambotsA case of abused exclamation marks and misplaced colons But I can Sleeping Beauty Suspect definitely see this one as an over acted B grade movie in SyFy and it's a good thing Sort of The ending could have been expanded but overall it’s a fun read—provided one Christmas with Her Boss doesn’t overanalyze things One Hundred Years MachineThe first piece in this anthology that actually reads like Science Fiction The way it’s told written as a Hunters Moon (Night Warriors, dissertation abstract is also interesting and well chosen While most Cyberpunk stories are told from an underdog’s perspective this one is told from the Man’s view I like this one What the Andromaid Reads at NightThis story is told in a The Bad Luck Wedding Cake (Bad Luck Brides, detached third person narration in line with the tradition of fables and folktales It’s an example of plot The Accidental Bodyguard (Accidental, driven stories where characterization is secondary It’s good that the writer One Good Man doesn’t employ the Pinocchio trope The andromaid Branded (Whitehorse, MT: Chisholm Cattle Co., doesn’t pretend to be human; it’s a robot Soldier Caged / Seducing the Mercenary discovering the wonders of Islam in a radically secular nation It is however reminiscent of Chappie especially with the identitymemory transfer KakakTake an Indonesian maid’s In Care Of The Sheriff dilemma in newspapers and Alaskan Nights dramas and you’ll get exactly the same story This is nowhere near Science Fiction much less Cyberpunk I Soldier Caged (43 Light Street don’t know what this story is An Expert Teacher doing in this anthology The Wall that wasn’t a WallNo robots or wearablepersonalized technology in this piece which is a breath of fresh air Set in a Cowboy for Keeps (Men of Mule Hollow, dystopian future where some people are no better off than animals it’s a Indecent... Exposure (Indecent, decent read However the world building falls flat The TwinsTHIS SHOULD HAVE BEEEN THE OPENING PIECE Robots possessed by spirits Yes Tasteful garnishing of Manglish Yes Amazing storytelling Yes I love this story If there is only one story I can recommend out of this anthology “The Twins” is it I look forward to reading from the author October 11I got bored reading this The story is incomplete; it feels as though there should be a continuation after the reveal at the end of the story for it to have a complete arc Undercover in Tanah FirdausAlmost two pages of backstory which sets the world to something like Final Fantasy VII with its platform city where the privileged enjoy luxuries and sunlight while the undercity slums is in perpetual shadow The story starts off slow with plenty of acronyms and expositions and clunky world building but it picks up when Inspector Moktar submits his holographic reports I love this Defending the Heiress different format of storytelling and how instead of the usual slum is bad and the upper society needs to be overtaken trope think Elysium and In Time this story shows the opposite Despite the exposition at the beginning this is a good and solid piece one that Wild Dreams (Dreams, doesn’t A Child of Her Own deserve to be buried in the middle of the anthology Unusual SuspectsFinally a story in this anthology that reads like actual Science Fiction with a hard SF bent I enjoyed the storyuntil the final scene with its forced Manglish because that’s how Malays talk apparently as opposed to the Caucasian protagonist Ruined my reading experience Gah The White MaskThe author has Shadow Dance delivered another brilliant story Take smart paint and graffiti artists who are anti establishment and we get an awesome Cyberpunk story right here No robots are needed I love how the story is told in fragmented streams of consciousness Another solid piece Extracts From DMZine #13 January 2115I feel like this “story” is smarter than I am Interesting choice of formatting but the articles appear Red-Hot Reckless disjointed so unrelated that I think I’m missing something here Worth a reread later What I The Good Daughter (Deep in the Heart do notice in this anthology is thatI The Barons Of Texas didn't Silent Masquerade detect any glaring typos It is however severely underwhelming and a All They Need (Porter Siblings disappointing read for an SFF fan It's especially The Reluctant Bride disappointing when Manglish is used for effect instead of effective communication and good stories are buried in the middle of the anthology in Once in a Blue Moon danger of not being read should people stop reading after the first few stories Then again these are my personal thoughts and I Flying Lessons do hope that others will love the entire bookAfter all I The Secret Child do fervently hope that this will be the first Malaysian English SF anthology and not the only one

CHARACTERS å THARROWEBDESIGN.CO.UK ☆ Zen Cho

S are cyborgs The spambots are people Thebrains have drained into cyberspace and the censorship isinside your headWelcome to Cyberpunk Malays A neat collection of stories The cyberpunk theme is fantastic and the Malaysian viewpoint is distinct looking at cyberpunk through that different lens makes you think some Some of the stories full flat but overall I liked it Sociology of Higher Education drained into cyberspace and the censorship isinside your headWelcome to Cyberpunk Malays A neat collection of stories The cyberpunk theme is fantastic and the Malaysian viewpoint is Georg Buchner distinct looking at cyberpunk through that Gekka Mugentan, Vol. 4 different lens makes you think some Some of the stories full flat but overall I liked it

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InMoral policing Migrant exploitation All the stuff of fictionobviouslyBut these 14 short stories take it one step further Thenice Malay girl i am not impressed with hey we can see the future type of stories in this collection but if i am destined live long enough it would be great to have a grab of DMZINE #13 JANUARY 2115 Those Good Gertrudes destined live long enough it would be great to have a grab of DMZINE #13 JANUARY 2115


10 thoughts on “CYBERPUNK

  1. says:

    Like many other Malaysian Science Fiction fans I was excited by the very thought of this anthology which is the first to my knowledge Malaysian English Science Fiction anthologyI love the cover plain foil that doubles as a murky mirror Perhaps it's a nod to Mirrorshades a Cyberpunk anthology published in 1986 The digital edition covers are pretty tooSadly that's about the only positive thing I can say about this anthology other than a few amazing stories that I'll mention in a bit Most of the stories aren't even Science Fiction much less Cyberpunk They're merely General Fiction with robots and plasma guns thrown in so that they can pass off as SF As a genre writer this pisses me off How can we expect Malaysian SF to be taken seriously?Well on with my review of each story in the anthology Underneath Her TudungAt its essence this is a story about a young woman who is accepting her new existence as a cyborg However the storytelling is an absolute mess It’s a Manglish fest but the mangled English feltforced as if used for its effect The story meanders and doesn’t have any focus at all I’m not sure if using this story as the opening piece is a good idea It definitely sets the book as Malaysian though both for its terrible Manglish and for its unfocused storytelling CodesIt’s a story about a girl using a fake identity to bypass the restrictions set on Muslims That ends in something completely off tangent and didactic Another typical Malaysian storytelling and forgettable PersonalI’m frustrated with this one The writing is good and engaging but the story doesn’t go anywhere It’s about a woman’s fear of Personal Device theft—in other words one’s entire digital signature is stolen While the story goes on and on about that fear as well as world building it feels as though the real story is in the rushed and summarized ending scene Attack of the SpambotsA case of abused exclamation marks and misplaced colons But I can definitely see this one as an over acted B grade movie in SyFy and it's a good thing Sort of The ending could have been expanded but overall it’s a fun read—provided one doesn’t overanalyze things One Hundred Years MachineThe first piece in this anthology that actually reads like Science Fiction The way it’s told written as a dissertation abstract is also interesting and well chosen While most Cyberpunk stories are told from an underdog’s perspective this one is told from the Man’s view I like this one What the Andromaid Reads at NightThis story is told in a detached third person narration in line with the tradition of fables and folktales It’s an example of plot driven stories where characterization is secondary It’s good that the writer doesn’t employ the Pinocchio trope The andromaid doesn’t pretend to be human; it’s a robot discovering the wonders of Islam in a radically secular nation It is however reminiscent of Chappie especially with the identitymemory transfer KakakTake an Indonesian maid’s dilemma in newspapers and dramas and you’ll get exactly the same story This is nowhere near Science Fiction much less Cyberpunk I don’t know what this story is doing in this anthology The Wall that wasn’t a WallNo robots or wearablepersonalized technology in this piece which is a breath of fresh air Set in a dystopian future where some people are no better off than animals it’s a decent read However the world building falls flat The TwinsTHIS SHOULD HAVE BEEEN THE OPENING PIECE Robots possessed by spirits? Yes Tasteful garnishing of Manglish? Yes Amazing storytelling? Yes I love this story If there is only one story I can recommend out of this anthology “The Twins” is it I look forward to reading from the author October 11I got bored reading this The story is incomplete; it feels as though there should be a continuation after the reveal at the end of the story for it to have a complete arc Undercover in Tanah FirdausAlmost two pages of backstory which sets the world to something like Final Fantasy VII with its platform city where the privileged enjoy luxuries and sunlight while the undercity slums is in perpetual shadow The story starts off slow with plenty of acronyms and expositions and clunky world building but it picks up when Inspector Moktar submits his holographic reports I love this different format of storytelling and how instead of the usual slum is bad and the upper society needs to be overtaken trope think Elysium and In Time this story shows the opposite Despite the exposition at the beginning this is a good and solid piece one that doesn’t deserve to be buried in the middle of the anthology Unusual SuspectsFinally a story in this anthology that reads like actual Science Fiction with a hard SF bent I enjoyed the storyuntil the final scene with its forced Manglish because that’s how Malays talk apparently as opposed to the Caucasian protagonist Ruined my reading experience Gah The White MaskThe author has delivered another brilliant story Take smart paint and graffiti artists who are anti establishment and we get an awesome Cyberpunk story right here No robots are needed I love how the story is told in fragmented streams of consciousness Another solid piece Extracts From DMZine #13 January 2115I feel like this “story” is smarter than I am Interesting choice of formatting but the articles appear disjointed so unrelated that I think I’m missing something here Worth a reread later What I do notice in this anthology is thatI didn't detect any glaring typos It is however severely underwhelming and a disappointing read for an SFF fan It's especially disappointing when Manglish is used for effect instead of effective communication and good stories are buried in the middle of the anthology in danger of not being read should people stop reading after the first few stories Then again these are my personal thoughts and I do hope that others will love the entire bookAfter all I do fervently hope that this will be the first Malaysian English SF anthology and not the only one


  2. says:

    I must admit that before picking up this book I hadn't read anything marketed as cyberpunk I reuested this book because I wanted to read some Malaysian science fiction From this collection I got the feeling that cyberpunk isn't my favorite sub genre of SFF That being said I did enjoy this collection of short stories set in Malaysia of the future or alternative present? A majority made me think like good speculative fiction shouldThere were two related things that made this collection difficult for me First was that the authors tended to assume that the reader knew certain things about Kuala Lumpur or about Malaysian society My knowledge of Malaysian society is scanty at best so sometimes I had trouble understanding the references A bit description would have been helpful to smooth this out Since SFF usually creates an alternative reality this is an important part of genre storytelling that sometimes felt missing in this anthology When reading speculative fiction I shouldn't have to know any background except what the author gives me which wasn't the case for several of these storiesSecond and related to the first is that in several stories some of the most important lines are spoken in what I assume is Malay At least I guess that they're the most important lines Having no background in the language I was again left at a loss trying to figure out what they could possibly be saying I think that this is partially because of Fixi Novo's publishing manifesto1 We believe that omputihgwailoh speak is a Malaysian language5 We will not use italics for non American non English terms This is because those words are not foreign to a Malaysian audience italics are a form of apologyWhile I understand these sentiments and I applaud the publisher for saying in no uncertain terms that Malaysian words are not inferior to English ones it makes it difficult for a non Malaysian reader to understand Perhaps footnotes or endnotes explaining what the words mean would help? Or since this is a speculative fiction book the authors could have used the genre's techniues for introducing words from completely new languages In other words I totally understand why these Malaysian terms were used but as a non Malaysian reader I want to understand the stories tooRead the rest of the review including my thoughts on each story on my blog


  3. says:

    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 35 stars from me There is a uote 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 Likes 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 Tari Kamal The White Mask Zedeck Siew


  4. says:

    i am not impressed with hey we can see the future type of stories in this collection but if i am destined live long enough it would be great to have a grab of DMZINE #13 JANUARY 2115


  5. says:

    Cyberpunk was uite hard to finish as I'm not a fan of science fictiondystopian and there were just so many scientific terms I know I should take the initiative to google But I really loved the short stories which still highlighted the human nature the human stories rather than focusing too much on the science of it all My favourites were Sharmilla Ganesan's Personal for exaggerating the horror truth of our attachment to our devices and Ted Mahsun's What The Andromaid Reads at Night for showing us the possibility of a relationship between a robot and a human Tina Isaac's Undercover In Tanah Firdaus reminds me a little bit of the Avatar film There were a few hits and missed which what you would expect from an anthology


  6. says:

    4 ebook here here not available from First story Underneath Her Tudung by Angeline Woon is available free on the preview kobo Unfortunately in the two detailed reviews neither reveiwer liked itOh good Heres the editor's best The First Witch of Damansara 5 stars


  7. says:

    A neat collection of stories The cyberpunk theme is fantastic and the Malaysian viewpoint is distinct looking at cyberpunk through that different lens makes you think some Some of the stories full flat but overall I liked it


  8. says:

    The good fun humorous and experimentalThe Andromaid Reads At NightAttack of the SpambotsExtracts from DMzineThe White Mask I am trying to sound positive but the other stories are not great Some are like knock offs of recent science fiction films especially parts of Undercover In Tanah Firdaus which may be better as a movie because it read like a screenplay written by a teenager in a few hours and then cramped into a short story Stories like Kakak Codes and Personal treat maid abuse identity theft and fakery as something very futuristic when its all already happening now as if the writers did little researchNormally Fixi delivers solid story collections but this one was not one of them


  9. says:

    The stories incorporated Malaysian culture It don't always work but generally pretty good


  10. says:

    Is it cyberpunk? Some of it are close enough Is it engaging and thrilling? I'd say majority of the featured stories indeed good I am surprised to see the low rating by some of few readers but based on their review i get why they gave such rating It really is the matter of individual's preferences I picked up this book because i just finished watching Black Mirror Netflix series last month I don't expect it to be amazing and mind boggling like the TV show but yeah this book has a few moments that brought me back to the certain black mirror's scenes The first 2 stories didn't grip me at all I decided to move on to the 3rd story and i decided if it's still lacking I wanted to give up reading this book Fortunately the 3rd story managed to lure me back in Overall I'm rating this as 4 out 5 stars People may not enjoy it as much as i did but i glad i bought this on Google playbookHere's my favorite list of stories 1 Personal by Sharmilla Ganesan2 Attack of the spambots by Terrence Toh3 What the andromaids read at night by Ted Mahsun4 Kakak by William Tham Wai Liang5 October 11 by Chin Ai May6The White Mask by Zedeck Siew7 Extracts from DMZINE by Foo Sek HanThe rest of the stories didn't sit well with me I didn't despise them but i didnt enjoy them eitherSidenote I couldn't help but notice how Tanah Firdaus resembles the concept of High Rise both book and movie but I could be wrong though