ISSUE #8: Spring 2017
“Mermaids, like my father’s favourite storytale version of my mother, are fish. They aren’t people. They are stupid like fish, they eat your garbage like fish, they sell on the open market like fish. Keep your kids out of the water, keep your trash locked up, and if they come close to land, scream a lot and bang pots together until they startle away. They’re pretty basic.”
Dean Francis Alfar’s Salamanca (Part 1), Alyssa Wong’s Fisher Queen; Michael Janairo’s Road to Burabod; Clara Chow’s 265 Aggregate Scorers; Wilfred Cabrera’s Superstations; poems by Tilde Acuña, Bernise Carolino, Judith Huang, Desmond Kon Zhicheng-Mingdé, Christina Sng, Sharlene Teo and David Wong Hsien Ming.
“I like to think of myself as tolerably well-read for an American. LONTAR reminds me how what we take for granted about ourselves in the West is actually based on ignorance and vanity. Reading the table of contents in that dusty galactic backwater known as the United States, the editors exposed my provincial prejudices rather painfully; each of the authors was new to me. In reading LONTAR, the greatest pleasure was the discovery that such an imaginative world exists in the universe: a place populated by fiction writers, poets and graphic artists of such a broad range of integuments, interests and talents.” —Singapore Poetry
“All the writing is surprising and fascinating. As a reader, some knowledge of the region helps, but is not necessary. The great thing about LONTAR is the broad range of speculative fiction showcased here with a guaranteed burst of Southeast Asian culture. […] LONTAR has produced quality, intricate and original work that entertains and distills a yearning in the reader for more.” —The Review Review
“A relatively new publication, LONTAR nonetheless publishes high-quality works by award-winning authors. Diverse and under-represented characters and settings are a mainstay of LONTAR‘s fiction, opening the genre to fresh themes and voices, and introducing readers to the rich culture and atmosphere of Southeast Asia.” —Tangent Online
“Learning real things about a region of the world relatively unknown to me is an unexpected bonus of the great stories in LONTAR. With each tale, I was allowed a view through the eyes of someone whose experiences and orientation are so far separated from my own and yet so similar that the journey is wondrous.” —Weightless Books
“I thought I was going to pick this up and read a story or two and instead I blew off everything else I was doing and read the issue cover to cover. I’d love to be able to pick out a favourite story and talk about it but there wasn’t anything here I didn’t like, there wasn’t anything that didn’t make me think or see the speculative possibilities outside my own small sphere of experience. Oh, the stories, the wonderful stories.” —Goodreads review of issue #1