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A contemporary and hugely relevant anthology of culturally diverse writers responding to and engaging with Kipling’s Just So Stories.

Not the tales you were told

Once upon a time, Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories—fantastical yarns of wondrous creatures in faraway places—bewitched children across the world. But times change. Today, Kipling’s writing tells us a different tale; of a love of Empire, and the troubling legacy of British colonialism.

In Not So Stories, writers of colour from around the world reclaim these stories and remake them into something new. Something different. Something that belongs to us all.

Including stories by Adiwijaya Iskandar, Joseph E. Cole, Raymond Gates, Zina Hutton, Georgina Kamsika, Cassandra Khaw, Paul Krueger, Stewart Hotston, Tauriq MoosaJeannette Ng, Ali Nouraei, Zedeck Siew, Wayne Santos and Achala Upendran.

Over the years, Wayne Santos has written copy for advertising agencies, scripts for television, and articles for magazines. He’s lived in Canada, Thailand and Singapore, traveling to many countries around South East Asia. His first love has always been science fiction and fantasy, and while he regularly engaged with it in novels, comics, anime and video games, it wasn’t until 1996, with his first short story in the Canadian speculative fiction magazine On Spec that he aimed towards becoming a novelist. He now lives in Canada, in Hamilton, ON with his wife. When he’s not writing, he is likely to be found reading, playing video games, watching anime, or trying to calm his cat down.

"There is a lot to enjoy here. A book whose time has come..." 

– Suroor Alikhan, Talking About Books

“All [the stories] are entertaining and thought-provoking. My one criticism of the anthology is that there aren't enough stories in it - I would quite happily read twice as many!”

– Ruth de Haas

“Whether you love or can’t stand Kipling, this is a terrific book.” 

– Barnes and Noble SF&F Blog

“For any adult who was charmed by Kipling as a child.”

– Starburst Magazine