Archive for Januar, 2011

The Popular Mechanic

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by Nnedi Okorafor

Anya was high up in a palm tree when her mother called. Anya thrust her hand into her pocket, fumbling for her net phone. “Shit,” she hissed, as it screeched the Nigerian national anthem a second time. Finally, she grasped and held it before her face, shielding the tiny screen from the sun’s glare. “Hello? Hello? Hi mama.” Continue Reading »

Dionysus‘ Laughter

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by L.H. Oldie

Gods laugh seldom and their laughter
is of little joy to the mortals.
Frasimed of Melkh

The final chord rolled through the hall and faded. Complete silence lasted for a moment, then it turned into applause, which was neither an ovation nor rare scornful claps; the audience simply performed its duties thoroughly. After all, they came here to listen to the music and they had paid for it, and not the applause. Jon Orfie banged closed the grand-piano lid, leaned back and closed his eyes. He rested that way for a few seconds, forgetting about the whole world, then he again noticed the noise of the belated clapping hands, scraps of conversations, shuffles of the feet – the audience was rushing towards the exits. Weary, Jon stood up and went to the dressing room. Malcolm Cate was already there. Conductor, concertmaster, artistic director, last instance of all discussions – Cate was all that. Continue Reading »

Feeding the Thirsty

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by Eduardo Gallego & Guillem Sánchez

IMPORTANT WARNING TO WHOMEVER MAY READ THIS

The work you are holding, dear reader, proposes to reflect in writing a rather complex matter: the communication between computers and humans almost as intelligent. Niceties such as direct cortical exchange or organic-bioquantic interfaces do not lend themselves to written expression. We have attempted to preserve as much as possible in elaborating the information as a text archive, but in the translation from Standard Interlingua to the classical Castilian of the beginning of the Space Age some nuances and juicy double entendres are lost. Continue Reading »

Science Fiction in Hindi – A Critic’s View

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by Arvind Mishra and Manish Mohan Gore

The Beginning

Although the roots of Hindi science fiction (SF) could be traced in the mythical mists of ancient times especially in Sanskrit scriptures, the genre in its true sense only emerged with the serial publication of ‚Aascharya Vrittant‘ (A Strange Tale!), by the veteran mainstream Hindi writer, Ambika Datt Vyas in ‚Piyush Pravah‘ – a Hindi literary magazine, during 1884-88. (Mishra, 2000; Singh, 2002; Prasad, 2004). This landmark of early Hindi SF publication seems to be inspired by Jules Verne’s „Voyages Extraordinaries“ and narrates the breathtaking story of Gopinath – main protagonist of the novelette, who undertakes an adventurous journey underneath the Earth. Continue Reading »