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In 1959 Damon Knight discovered the French SF magazine Fiction, the French version of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, publishing translated stories from that magazine as well as original work by French writers. Impressed by many stories in Fiction, Knight spent several years translating them into English himself, before publishing an anthology of 13 of them them in 1965.

Donald A. Wollheim was initially ambitious when he launched DAW Books in 1972, publishing translations of novels by Gérard Klein, Egon Friedell, Pierre Barbet, and Paul van Herck in the first year, and including the occasional translated story in his World Best SF annuals. The introduction to his 1976 Best of the Rest anthology surveys the SF scenes in France, Germany, Italy, and elsewhere. The Doubleday hardcover was followed by a DAW paperback reprint in 1977.

(In 1989 David G. Hartwell edited The World Treasury of Science Fiction [isfdb] for the US Book of the Month Club, with nearly 20 translated stories in a book of over 50 stories, with the balance familiar works from English language writers. It's compiled on the HartwellTomes page.)

Then in 2003 came Cosmos Latinos, containing 27 stories from Spain and Latin America, chronologically from 1862. The book includes a comprehensive introductory survey, notes, and bibliography.

Though not based on a membership vote as were earlier SFWA Halls of Fame, this European volume was an amibitous project by the coeditors to find the best stories from the previous 20 years and to solicit translations of them. The contents are 16 stories from 13 countries, with detailed introductions comparing and contrasting their themes to familiar English-language works, and providing background on the authors.

Finally the first books with a genuinely global scope are the roughly bi-annual Apex Book of World SF anthologies, edited by Lavie Tidhar through volume 3, with Tidhar as series editor overseeing guest-editors for the fourth and fifth volumes. While not all the stories are translated, virtually all are from writers in countries where English is not the primary language. A companion blog, The World SF Blog, ran for four years.

  • 13 French Science-Fiction Stories, Damon Knight, ed. (Bantam, 1965) [isfdb]
  • The Best from the Rest of the World: European Science Fiction, Donald A. Wollheim, ed. (Doubleday, 1976) [isfdb]
  • Cosmos Latinos: An Anthology of Science Fiction from Latin America and Spain, Andrea L. Bell & Yolanda Molina Gavilán, eds. (University Press of New England/Wesleyan, 2003) [isfdb]
  • SFWA European Hall of Fame: Sixteen Contemporary Masterpieces of Science Fiction from the Continent, James Morrow & Kathryn Morrow, eds. (Tor, 2007) [isfdb]
  • The Apex Book of World SF, Lavie Tidhar, ed. (Apex, 2009) [isfdb]
  • The Apex Book of World SF 2, Lavie Tidhar, ed. (Apex, 2012) [isfdb]
  • The Apex Book of World SF 3, Lavie Tidhar, ed. (Apex, 2014) [isfdb]
  • The Apex Book of World SF 4, Mahvesh Murad & Lavie Tidhar, eds. (Apex, 2015)
  • The Apex Book of World SF 5, Cristina Jurado & Lavie Tidhar, eds. (Apex Publications, 2018) [isfdb]



Combined Contents by Author and Title


Shimon Adaf
  • Like a Coin Entrusted in Faith -- The Apex Book of World SF 4
  • José B. Adolph
  • The Falsifier -- Cosmos Latinos
  • Juan Nepomuceno Adorno
  • The Distant Future -- Cosmos Latinos
  • Dean Francis Alfar
  • L'Aquilone du Estrellas (The Kite of Stars) -- The Apex Book of World SF
  • Israel Alonso
  • You Will See the Moon Rise -- The Apex Book of World SF 5
  • Athena Andreadis
  • Planetfall -- The Apex Book of World SF 3
  • Ange
  • Three Little Children -- The Apex Book of World SF 3
  • Ángel Arango
  • The Cosmonaut -- Cosmos Latinos
  • Juan José Arreola
  • Baby H.P. -- Cosmos Latinos
  • Elena Arsenieva
  • A Birch Tree, a White Fox -- SFWA European Hall of Fame
  • Basma Abdel Aziz
  • Scenes from the Life of an Autocrat -- The Apex Book of World SF 5
  • Celeste Rita Baker
  • Single Entry -- The Apex Book of World SF 4
  • Pierre Barbet
  • A Problem in Bionics -- The Best from the Rest of the World
  • Elia Barceló
  • First Time -- Cosmos Latinos
  • Jacques Barcia
  • A Life Made Possible Behind the Barricades -- The Apex Book of World SF 2
  • Jopo Barreiros
  • A Night on the Edge of the Empire -- SFWA European Hall of Fame
  • Samit Basu
  • Electric Sonalika -- The Apex Book of World SF 2
  • Eddy C. Bertin
  • My Eyes, They Burn! -- The Best from the Rest of the World
  • Lauren Beukes
  • Branded -- The Apex Book of World SF 2
  • Jon Bing
  • A Whiter Shade of Pale -- The Best from the Rest of the World
  • Gustavo Bondoni
  • Eyes in the Vastness of Forever -- The Apex Book of World SF 2
  • Ma Boyong
  • The City of Silence -- The Apex Book of World SF 3
  • Tor Åge Bringsvaerd
  • Codemus -- The Best from the Rest of the World
  • Myra Çakan
  • Spider's Nest -- The Apex Book of World SF 3
  • Pablo Capanna
  • Acronia -- Cosmos Latinos
  • André Carneiro
  • Brain Transplant -- Cosmos Latinos
  • Pablo A. Castro
  • Exerion -- Cosmos Latinos
  • Vajra Chandrasekera
  • Pockets Full of Stones -- The Apex Book of World SF 4
  • Daliso Chaponda
  • Trees of Bone -- The Apex Book of World SF 2
  • Daína Chaviano
  • Accursed Lineage -- The Apex Book of World SF 5
  • The Annunciation -- Cosmos Latinos
  • Claude F. Cheinisse
  • Juliette -- 13 French Science-Fiction Stories
  • Joyce Chng
  • The Sound of Breaking Glass -- The Apex Book of World SF 2
  • Zen Cho
  • The Four Generations of Chang E -- The Apex Book of World SF 4
  • Liliana Colanzi
  • Our Dead World -- The Apex Book of World SF 5
  • Hugo Correa
  • When Pilate Said No -- Cosmos Latinos
  • Jose Antonio Cotrina
  • Between the Lines -- SFWA European Hall of Fame
  • Luigi Cozzi
  • Rainy Day Revolution No. 39 -- The Best from the Rest of the World
  • Henri Damonti
  • The Notary and the Conspiracy -- 13 French Science-Fiction Stories
  • Aliette de Bodard
  • The Lost Xuyan Bride -- The Apex Book of World SF
  • Giovanni De Feo
  • Ugo -- The Apex Book of World SF 5
  • Ricard de la Casa
  • The Day We Went Through the Transition (by RdlC & Pedro Jorge Romero) -- Cosmos Latinos
          -- SFWA European Hall of Fame
  • Miguel De Unamuno
  • Mechanopolis -- Cosmos Latinos
  • Jetse de Vries
  • Transcendence Express -- The Apex Book of World SF
  • Álvaro Menen Desleal
  • A Cord Made of Nylon and Gold -- Cosmos Latinos
  • Dilman Dila
  • How My Father Became a God -- The Apex Book of World SF 4
  • Alain Doremieux
  • The Vana -- 13 French Science-Fiction Stories
  • Andrew Drilon
  • The Secret Origin of Spin-Man -- The Apex Book of World SF 2
  • Jean-Claude Dunyach
  • Separations -- SFWA European Hall of Fame
  • Berit Ellingsen
  • Dancing on the Red Planet -- The Apex Book of World SF 3
  • Will Elliott
  • Hungry Man -- The Apex Book of World SF 2
  • Amal El-Mohtar
  • To Follow the Waves -- The Apex Book of World SF 3
  • Michel Encinosa
  • Like the Roses Had to Die -- Cosmos Latinos
  • Andreas Eschbach
  • Wonders of the Universe -- SFWA European Hall of Fame
  • Valerio Evangelisti
  • Sepultura -- SFWA European Hall of Fame
  • Nilo María Fabra
  • On the Planet Mars -- Cosmos Latinos
  • Mélanie Fazi
  • Elegy -- The Apex Book of World SF
  • Tang Fei
  • Pepe -- The Apex Book of World SF 4
  • Fabio Fernandes
  • Nothing Happened in 1999 -- The Apex Book of World SF 2
  • Bernardo Fernández
  • The Last Hours of the Final Days -- The Apex Book of World SF 4
  • Raúl Flores
  • December 8th -- The Apex Book of World SF 2
  • Herbert W. Franke
  • Paradise 3000 -- The Best from the Rest of the World
  • Taiyo Fujii
  • Violation of the TrueNet Security Act -- The Apex Book of World SF 5
  • Luis Britto García
  • Future -- Cosmos Latinos
  • R. S. A. Garcia
  • The Bois -- The Apex Book of World SF 5
  • Nelly Geraldine García-Rosas
  • Ahuizotl -- The Apex Book of World SF 3
  • Sergey Gerasimov
  • The Glory of the World -- The Apex Book of World SF 2
  • Eduardo Goligorsky
  • The Last Refuge -- Cosmos Latinos
  • Elana Gomel
  • The Farm -- The Apex Book of World SF 4
  • Angélica Gorodischer
  • The Violet's Embryos -- Cosmos Latinos
  • Tunku Halim
  • Biggest Baddest Bomoh -- The Apex Book of World SF
  • Gail Hareven
  • The Slows -- The Apex Book of World SF 2
  • Ivor W. Hartmann
  • Mr Goop -- The Apex Book of World SF 2
  • Guy Hasson
  • The Levantine Experiments -- The Apex Book of World SF
  • Charles Henneberg
  • The Blind Pilot -- 13 French Science-Fiction Stories
  • Moon-Fishers -- 13 French Science-Fiction Stories
  • The Non-Humans -- 13 French Science-Fiction Stories
  • Nathalie Charles Henneberg
  • Ysolde -- The Best from the Rest of the World
  • Saad Z. Hossain
  • Djinns Live by the Sea -- The Apex Book of World SF 4
  • Sabrina Huang
  • Setting Up Home -- The Apex Book of World SF 4
  • Marek S. Huberath
  • "Yoo Retoont, Sneogg. Ay Noo." -- SFWA European Hall of Fame
  • T. L. Huchu
  • Ghostalker -- The Apex Book of World SF 5
  • Chi Hui
  • The Calculations of Artificials -- The Apex Book of World SF 5
  • Ana Hurtado
  • El Cóndor del Machángara -- The Apex Book of World SF 5
  • Wolfgang Jeschke
  • The King and the Dollmaker -- The Best from the Rest of the World
  • Xia Jia
  • A Hundred Ghosts Parade Tonight -- The Apex Book of World SF 3
  • Fadzilshah Johanabos
  • Act of Faith -- The Apex Book of World SF 3
  • Tim Jones
  • The New Neighbours -- The Apex Book of World SF 2
  • Bo-Young Kim
  • An Evolutionary Myth -- The Apex Book of World SF 5
  • Swapna Kishore
  • Regressions -- The Apex Book of World SF 3
  • Gérard Klein
  • Party Line -- The Best from the Rest of the World
  • Csilla Kleinheincz
  • A Single Year -- The Apex Book of World SF 2
  • Ika Koeck
  • Jungle Fever -- The Apex Book of World SF 3
  • Crystal Koo
  • Waiting with Mortals -- The Apex Book of World SF 3
  • Panagiotis Koustas
  • Athos Emfovos in the Temple of Sound -- SFWA European Hall of Fame
  • Guillermo Lavín
  • Reaching the Shore -- Cosmos Latinos
  • Darcie Little Badger
  • Nkßsht ff -- The Apex Book of World SF 5
  • Rochita Loenen-Ruiz
  • Alternate Girl's Expatriate Life -- The Apex Book of World SF 2
  • Sergei Lukyanenko
  • Destiny, Inc. -- SFWA European Hall of Fame
  • Sam J. Lundwall
  • Nobody Here But Us Shadows -- The Best from the Rest of the World
  • Suzanne Malaval
  • The Devil's Goddaughter -- 13 French Science-Fiction Stories
  • Usman T. Malik
  • The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family -- The Apex Book of World SF 4
  • Kristin Mandigma
  • Excerpt from a Letter by a Social-realist Aswang -- The Apex Book of World SF
  • Kuzhali Manickavel
  • Six Things We Found During the Autopsy -- The Apex Book of World SF 4
  • Haralambi Markov
  • The Language of Knives -- The Apex Book of World SF 4
  • Samuel Marolla
  • Black Tea -- The Apex Book of World SF 4
  • W. J. Maryson
  • Verstummte Musik -- SFWA European Hall of Fame
  • Biram Mboob
  • The Rare Earth -- The Apex Book of World SF 3
  • Anil Menon
  • Into the Night -- The Apex Book of World SF
  • Lucian Merisca
  • Some Earthlings' Adventures on Outerria -- SFWA European Hall of Fame
  • Jerônimo Monteiro
  • The Crystal Goblet -- Cosmos Latinos
  • Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • Maquech -- The Apex Book of World SF 2
  • Shweta Narayan
  • Nira and I -- The Apex Book of World SF 2
  • Jamil Nasir
  • The Allah Stairs -- The Apex Book of World SF
  • Ondrej Neff
  • The Fourth Day of Eternity -- SFWA European Hall of Fame
  • Niels E. Nielsen
  • Planet for Sale -- The Best from the Rest of the World
  • Julie Novakova
  • The Symphony of Ice and Dust -- The Apex Book of World SF 4
  • Yukimi Ogawa
  • In Her Head, In Her Eyes -- The Apex Book of World SF 4
  • Nnedi Okorafor
  • From the Lost Diary of TreeFrog7 -- The Apex Book of World SF 2
  • Thomas Olde Heuvelt
  • The Boy Who Cast No Shadow -- The Apex Book of World SF 4
  • Chinelo Onwualu
  • The Gift of Touch -- The Apex Book of World SF 4
  • Tochi Onyebuchi
  • Screamers -- The Apex Book of World SF 5
  • Nene Ormes
  • The Good Matter -- The Apex Book of World SF 4
  • Magdalena Mouján Otaño
  • Gu Ta Gutarrak (We and Our Own) -- Cosmos Latinos
  • Anabel Enríquez Piñeiro
  • Borrowed Time -- The Apex Book of World SF 2
  • Yang Ping
  • Wizard World -- The Apex Book of World SF
  • Vina Jie-Min Prasad
  • A Series of Steaks -- The Apex Book of World SF 5
  • Chen Qiufan
  • The Tomb -- The Apex Book of World SF 2
  • Hannu Rajaniemi
  • Shibuya No Love -- The Apex Book of World SF 2
  • Bernhard Ribbeck
  • A Blue and Cloudless Sky -- SFWA European Hall of Fame
  • Rocío Rincón
  • The Lady of the Soler Colony -- The Apex Book of World SF 4
  • Pepe Rojo
  • Gray Noise -- Cosmos Latinos
  • Pedro Jorge Romero
  • The Day We Went Through the Transition (by Ricard de la Casa & PJR) -- Cosmos Latinos
          -- SFWA European Hall of Fame
  • Sara Saab
  • The Barrette Girls -- The Apex Book of World SF 5
  • Daniel Salvo
  • The First Peruvian in Space -- The Apex Book of World SF 2
  • Sandro Sandrelli
  • The Scythe -- The Best from the Rest of the World
  • Domingo Santos
  • Round and Round and Round Again -- The Best from the Rest of the World
  • Andrzej Sapkowski
  • The Malady -- The Apex Book of World SF 2
  • Federico Schaffler
  • A Miscalculation -- Cosmos Latinos
  • Karla Schmidt
  • Alone, on the Wind -- The Apex Book of World SF 5
  • Mauricio-José Schwarz
  • Glimmerings on Blue Glass -- Cosmos Latinos
  • Ekaterina Sedia
  • Zombie Lenin -- The Apex Book of World SF 2
  • Swabir Silayi
  • Colour Me Grey -- The Apex Book of World SF 4
  • Ernesto Silva Roman
  • The Death Star -- Cosmos Latinos
  • Vandana Singh
  • Ambiguity Machines: An Examination -- The Apex Book of World SF 5
  • Johanna Sinisalo
  • Baby Doll -- SFWA European Hall of Fame
  • S. P. Somtow
  • The Bird Catcher -- The Apex Book of World SF
  • Han Song
  • The Wheel of Samsara -- The Apex Book of World SF
  • Benjanun Sriduangkaew
  • Courtship in the Country of Machine-Gods -- The Apex Book of World SF 3
  • Sathya Stone
  • Jinki and the Paradox -- The Apex Book of World SF 4
  • Braulio Tavares
  • Stuntmind -- Cosmos Latinos
  • Natalia Theodoridou
  • The Eleven Holy Numbers of the Mechanical Soul -- The Apex Book of World SF 4
  • Tade Thompson
  • Shadow -- The Apex Book of World SF 2
  • Johann Thorsson
  • First, Bite a Finger -- The Apex Book of World SF 4
  • Karin Tidbeck
  • Brita's Holiday Village -- The Apex Book of World SF 3
  • Uko Bendi Udo
  • The Foreigner -- The Apex Book of World SF 3
  • Deepak Unnikrishnan
  • Sarama -- The Apex Book of World SF 4
  • Manuel van Loggem
  • Pairpuppets -- The Best from the Rest of the World
  • Alberto Vanasco
  • Post-Boomboom -- Cosmos Latinos
  • Eliza Victoria
  • The Seventh -- The Apex Book of World SF 5
  • Kaaron Warren
  • Ghost Jail -- The Apex Book of World SF
  • Joëlle Wintrebert
  • Transfusion -- SFWA European Hall of Fame
  • Sese Yane
  • The Corpse -- The Apex Book of World SF 4
  • JY Yang
  • Tiger Baby -- The Apex Book of World SF 4
  • Nir Yaniv
  • Cinderers -- The Apex Book of World SF
  • Undercity -- The Apex Book of World SF 2
  • Isabel Yap
  • A Cup of Salt Tears -- The Apex Book of World SF 4
  • Alexsandar Ziljak
  • An Evening in the City Coffeehouse, with Lydia on My Mind -- The Apex Book of World SF
  • Zoran Zivkovic
  • Compartments -- The Apex Book of World SF

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