Black Holes and Parallel Universes: Science Fiction Meet the Storyteller Reading Themes

Featured Storytellers and Illustrator for September-October: A Look at Danger Dan and Jason Erik Lundberg

Myra here.

We are very excited to announce that we will be featuring Singapore-based authors and illustrator here in GatheringBooks this September-October, as we feature “Black Holes and Parallel Universes: Marvels of Science and Speculative Fiction” which was launched by Fats last Sunday.

Iphigene has outdone herself with this beautiful widget she created.
Iphigene has outdone herself with this beautiful widget she created.

When I found out that the middle-grade series published by Epigram Books: Danger Dan deals with time-travel, I just know that Lesley-Anne & Monica Lim and their illustrator James Tan are the perfect team to feature given our current reading theme.


Meet the Storyteller: Lesley-Anne and Monica Lim



From the Publisher:

Lesley-Anne and Monica Lim are a mother-and-daughter writing team. Monica Lim is the mother and Lesley-Anne Tan is the daughter, although sometimes their roles seem reversed. Lesley-Anne eats her veggies and occasionally has to force Monica to do the same. She’s weird that way. (“No, I’m not!” says Lesley-Anne). Monica runs her own writing business, has a blog on education and published a book in October 2013 entitled “The Good, the Bad and the PSLE”. Lesley-Anne is still in school so she mostly writes essays and papers, which isn’t quite as fun.

Danger Dan is their first writing project together. The idea for the character Danny came about from their experience living with a highly imaginative little boy obsessed with superheroes and comics. If Lesley-Anne could have a super power, she would choose the ability to stop time, so that she can finish studying for her exams and writing books in no time at all. Monica’s preferred super power is mind control, so that she can make Lesley-Anne stop dreaming about time freezes and get back to work.

Illustrator’s Sketchpad: James Tan



From the Publisher:

James Tan is an illustrator from Singapore. He likes to create comics and draw stuff, especially animals. He also enjoys doing traditional illustrations using ink and watercolor as there is something more tactile to these media, just like holding a book in your hand. He likes to draw things from his experiences as well as books he read. He enjoys travelling and drawing the new sights and sounds he sees around the world.

Meet the Storyteller: Jason Erik Lundberg


We are very privileged to welcome Jason Erik Lundberg in GatheringBooks. Jason has been prolific in publishing quite a number of sci-fi/speculative fiction titles, and we are fortunate that he is able to make time for us despite his busy schedule. He is traveling to New York City next month along with a number of remarkable authors to represent Singapore in the Singapore Literature Festival in NYC, Click on Jason’s post here to know more.

Author photos by Mindy Tan Photography. Copyright © 2014 by Epigram Books.
Author photos by Mindy Tan Photography. Copyright © 2014 by Epigram Books.


Jason Erik Lundberg was born in Brooklyn, New York, grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina, and has lived in Singapore since 2007. He is the author of several books of the fantastic—including Strange Mammals (2013),The Alchemy of Happiness (2012), and Red Dot Irreal (2011)—as well as the Bo Bo and Cha Cha children’s picture book series and more than a hundred short stories, articles, and book reviews. His writing has seen publication in venues such as MānoaQuarterly Literary Review Singapore, the Raleigh News & Observer,Farrago’s WainscotHot Metal BridgeStrange HorizonsSubterranean MagazineThe Third Alternative,Electric Velocipede, and many other places.

Lundberg is the literary fiction editor at Epigram Books, and has served as a prose mentor with Singapore’s Creative Arts Programme and Ceriph Mentorship Programme. In addition, he is the founding editor ofLONTAR: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction , series editor for The Epigram Books Collection of Best New Singaporean Short Stories , editor of Fish Eats Lion (2012), and co-editor of A Field Guide to Surreal Botany (2008) and Scattered, Covered, Smothered (2004). From 2005-2008, he facilitated an occasional podcast called Lies and Little Deaths: A Virtual Anthology.

Looking forward to knowing more about our Singapore-based authors in the next two months.

How about you, dear friends, what is happening in your blog in the upcoming weeks? We’d love to hear about them.

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