Aspiring science fiction author Kushairi Zuradi got tired of publishers telling him that there was no market for science fiction in Malaysia. So the medical-school grad started his own publishing company, Simptomatik Press.
Not only did Kushairi publish his own book of stories about micro-organisms, called Biohazard (pictured above), but he also started publishing books by other local authors. He’s published four books thus far, with a fifth coming soon, and he sees this venture as part of increasing scientific literacy in Malaysia: “I want to increase the science knowledge among Malaysians. I believe once they show interest in science, they will pick up Malay science fiction novels to read. That way, we will see a growth in the Malay science fiction readership, he tells The Sun Daily.
And Kushairi wants to start another publishing company to put out books of science non-fiction. “I have a dream where Malaysia will one day host a science fiction literature festival.”