Out of This World

Speculative Fiction in Translation from the Cold War to the New Millennium
Author: Rachel S. Cordasco
A reference guide to science fiction and fantasy in English translation
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Publication Date
Cloth: 12/28/2021
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About the Book

The twenty-first century has witnessed an explosion of speculative fiction in translation (SFT). Rachel Cordasco examines speculative fiction published in English translation since 1960, ranging from Soviet-era fiction to the Arabic-language dystopias that emerged following the Iraq War. Individual chapters on SFT from Japanese, French, and twelve other source languages feature an introduction by an expert in the language’s speculative fiction tradition and its present-day output. Cordasco then breaks down each chapter by subgenre--including science fiction, fantasy, and horror--to guide readers toward the kinds of works that most interest them. Her discussion of available SFT stands alongside an analysis of how various subgenres emerged and developed in different source languages and why some subgenres have been more likely to be translated into English.

An informative and one-of-a-kind guide, Out of This World offers readers and scholars alike a tour of speculative fiction's new globalized era.

About the Author

Rachel S. Cordasco founded the website SFinTranslation.com. She works as a writer, editor, and translator and is co-translator of Clelia Ferris's Creative Surgery.


"Out of This World is an excellent survey of the subject-material, and very well presented. . . . She presents a good picture of these various speculative fictions and the different kinds available (in English) from these fourteen languages. . . . A useful reference work for any reader." --The Complete Review

"This essential and apprehensible guide --written primarily for readers, not scholars or critics-- belongs in every library: large or small, public or university. . . . It will prove a worthwhile purchase for any reader of SF who wants to explore the rich body of SFT. For us, Cordasco is like a knowledgeable, congenial friend, guiding us through the ever-growing body of SF from the rest of the world." --World Literature Today

"A really great introduction to translated speculative fiction that deserves to have its flag enthusiastically waved. . . . Can't recommend this book highly enough to those who want to learn more about the world of speculative fiction out there." --Bookforager

"Out of this World: Speculative Fiction in Translation from the Cold War to the New Millennium establishes an essential element of the genre's infrastructure." --Science Fiction Studies