Archive for März, 2011

Islamic SF: An Overview

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by Ahmed A. Khan

Religious or spiritual SF is an established sub-genre of speculative fiction but Islamic SF as a sub-genre has been coming to prominence only of late, predominantly through the existence of websites such as islamscifi.com and islamonline.org, etc. At the risk of sounding immodest, I like to think that the publication of the anthology A Mosque Among the Stars (edited by Aurangzeb Ahmad and yours truly) contributed to more awareness of Islamic SF and planted seeds for fresh discourses. Continue Reading »

I Thought I Saw a Pussy Cat

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by Eduardo Gallego & Guillem Sánchez

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The computer knew he was dying. It was a matter of time, and not much at that; he would pass over within hours, a day at the most.

His mood had suffered some swings up and down, given the circumstances, but in general a stoic resignation prevailed. The idea of perishing irritated him, why deny it: in the end, bioquantic brains were potentially immortal. A fine piece of work, but there was no sense complaining. The damage was done. Continue Reading »

Watch Your Colors

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by Bruno Vitiello

That evening, while I was on my way to my friend Matt’s party, I could never have imagined that my life would change. It was a simple party compared with the usual ones that Matt threw at his beautiful villa. It would have been better for me if I had stayed home that evening and parked myself in front of the 3-D screen. But how could I have known then what I’m realizing now? I was calm, sure of myself without the least suspicion of what was about to happen to me… But let’s start at the beginning. Continue Reading »

VegeScan

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by Nir Yaniv

Elijah nagged us the whole way.

Throughout the flight from Earth he yammered and chattered and gabbled and nattered about his VegeScan, about how it was an unbelievable bargain at the Duty Free, about how he won’t be fooled again, about how he was now prepared for the whole shebang otherwise known as Life. Continue Reading »

Like a Fly Caught in a Web -or- To Catch Mice

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by Helmuth W. Mommers

 

“Could it really be…” was my first incredulous thought at the sight of the park in which the grandiose four-storied Villa stood, hidden amongst dense shrubs and the foliage of what seemed like hundred-year old trees. Amazed, I crossed the crunchy gravel path, surrounded by hedges, flowerbeds and lawns, spellbound by the formidable entrance with its green patina-covered copper roof jutting out over a pair of pillars.

I felt transported back in time by two hundred years, not in the here and now, our year 2086 – a time when we should be happy if we didn’t live in containers. Continue Reading »

Alien Space Nazis Must Die!

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by Chuck McKenzie

 

He blinked, and stood swaying in the shuttle cockpit. A wave of nausea rushed over him. His guts heaved, but–

I don’t even have a stomach.

And suddenly the weight of reality hit him. He fell to the deck, convulsing. Dimly, he heard Kroll say: “So sorry. But better this way…” Continue Reading »

Russian Dolls

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by Sergio Gaut vel Hartman

A little man with small hands was walking towards me with hesitant steps. He interrupted his walk and stood silent for a minute, stiff, as if he had forgotten the next line in his script. Right then I realized that there would be serious communications issues. At 3:30 a.m. I have no time for bullshit. Continue Reading »

March 7. 2011: Nebula Award Nomination for Nnedi Okorafor

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InterNova author Nnedi Okarafor’s novel Who Fears Death has been nominated for the Nebula Award 2010. For closer information about the contenders and other categories see www.sfwa.org/2011/02/2010-nebula-nominees/

Nnedi’s story „The Popular Mechanic“ has been uploaded on January 30th and is among the most frequently accessed uploads at InterNova.

March 7. 2011: Ion Hobana (1931-2011)

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Ion Hobana, the venerable „Dean of Romanian Science Fiction”, has passed away on Tuesday, February 22nd.
Born on January 25th 1931 in Sannicolaul Mare, near Timisoara, he was an alumnus of the University of Bucharest, with a thesis dedicated to science fiction literature, the first in Romania and one of the first in the world. He was writer, journalist, editor. He published five poetry collections and a young adult novel before turning full time to science fiction. He published his first science fiction story in 1955, followed by a novella in 1957 and the short story collections Oameni si stele (People and Stars 1963, reprinted with revised and amply augmented content as an e-book in January 2011), Un fel de spatiu (A Kind of Space, 1988) and Timp pentru dragoste (Time for Love, 2009). He wrote a dramatic adaptation of H.G. Wells‘ Invisible Man, presented several times on Romanian stages. His stories have been translated in more than 20 countries. The stories „Un fel de spaţiu“ („A Kind of Space“) and „Emisiune nocturnă“ („Night Broadcast“, which won the Eurocon Award in Fayence in 1985) were included in the international anthologies Twenty Houses of the Zodiac (New English Library, 1979), and The Penguin World Omnibus of Science Fiction (Penguin Books, 1986). As a literary historian, he published many works on Jules Verne (he was one of the most reputable scholars in Verne’s work), French science fiction, H. G. Wells and the history of Romanian Science Fiction. His anthology Virsta de aur a anticipatiei romanesti (The Golden Age of Romanian Anticipation, 1969) was awarded the Europa Award, presented at the first Eurocon in Trieste in 1972. As an editor of classic science fiction, he familiarised Romanian readers with the works of Edgar Allan Poe, Edmond About, Villiers de l’Isle-Adam, Mark Twain, J.H Rosny-Ainé, R.L. Stevenson, Emilio Salgari, Jack London, H.G. Wells, Maurice Renard, A. Conan-Doyle, Jan Weiss, Karinthy Frigyes, Felix Aderca, Stanislaw Lem, etc. He has translated dozens of books from the French and Italian, most notably eight of Jules Verne’s Voyages Extraordinaires. He was a member of the Romanian Writers‘ Union (he was the organization’s YA section’s president these last years), Societé Européenne de Culture, Centre International Jules Verne, H.G. Wells Society, Associazione Internazionale per gli Studi sulle Utopie. His latest book, Peste o suta si o mie de ani (In a Hundred and a Thousand Years, December 2010) was his magnum opus, a thorough study of French science fiction roots, from its origins to 1900. He died in Bucharest on Tuesday, February 22nd 2011, after a long battle with cancer.
Romanian fans of science fiction are mourning his passing away. We’ve lost a great friend, a mentor and a brilliant mind.
Robert Silverberg wrote to me last night, upon finding out the terrible news: „I met Ion at – I think – the 1970 World SF Convention in Heidelberg and saw him at several other conventions in later years. He was a wise and thoughtful man.”
May he rest in peace!

Horia Nicola Ursu
Galileo Magazine / Millennium Books, Romania