InterNova 1 for sale

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Deep in the recesses of our fathomless archives our erstwhile co-editor Ronnie Krampe – the artist formerly known as Ronald M. Hahn – managed to rescue twenty copies of the legendary InterNova 1, our only printed issue, from the rats, the mildew and our fans at the Bundesnachrichtendienst and the CIA.

Anybody of you who actually managed to live up to now without owning a copy of that formidable issue, can order it now for a special price of 9 Euros (plus delivery charges for shipment outside of the EU area). Simply send a message to the editor at

Science Fiction Reading in Second Life

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It’s about 18 months ago that InterNova author Thorsten Küper introduced editor and writer Michael K. Iwoleit to cultural events in the 3d Internet world of Second Life. Since then they have joined in numerous single and group readings, mostly in the science fiction genre, and some live music performances. Now Michael K. Iwoleit has for the first time organized a Second Life event himself. On Saturday 19th he will read his story „The Spirits“, his second work originally written in English, in the Mumtaz, a wonderful recreation of the Taj Mahal. The evening will be completed with live music by renowned ambient musician Jan Pulsford aka Jana Kyomoon.

Michael is looking forward to meet some of our readers in the virtual world. The event will start at 1:00 pm SLT / 22:00 Central European Time. The location is at 

New InterNova co-editor: Introducing Fran Ontanaya

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With the ten year anniversary issue #20 the German science fiction magazine NovaInterNova’s sister magazine, edited by Olaf G. Hilscher and Michael K. Iwoleit – made a major step toward a full-professional magazine. For the first time in its history the renowned magazine is circulated by a major magazine distributor and will be published twice a year at fixed dates and with payments for its writers and artist. This has put an additional workload and time pressure on InterNova editor Michael K. Iwoleit. To make sure that InterNova can be continued and advanced as planed a search was started among the InterNova community for a second responsible editor. The perfect man for the job was soon found. It’s Fran Ontanaya from Spain and he has already started with his work that we’re sure will raise the quality and acceptance of our magazine.

Fran Ontanya has freelanced as proofreader, translator, cover and editorial column copywriter for the genre publisher La Factoría de Ideas. He also freelanced on web design and development. He wrote the first guide in Spanish about the internals of EPUB2 files and tried to convince publishers to replace the ISBN by automated metadata collection and hash ID numbers. Lately he has been contributing transcriptions, translations and proofreading of subtitles for TED talks. He often teams with a Polish friend who is also interested in futurism and transhumanism. Furthermore he created and moderate the euro4euro community at Reddit and operates the IRC channel, so he’s in contact with european sf fellows every day. He also contributes occasionally to His personal blog is at

With Fran Ontanaya and Michael K. Iwoleit as main editors and with the assistence of Sven Klöpping (sf art/French language area) and Nils Müller (web design & programming) and of course our various proofreaders InterNova is facing a major update. From early March onward InterNova will be published as a regular e-zine with six issues a year that will be available in the web and as e-book downloads in PDF and epub formats. Each issue will contain about four stories in English or English translation, one or two essays or classic reprints and several stories in Spanish, French and/or German original, also small portfolios of international sf and phantastic artists. Fran will especially research for new interesting writers in the Spanish and Portugese language area. Michael’s main areas of interest are Western and Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia and the English-speaking world in general. More news about the update will follow soon.

Book on African phantastic fiction released

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German publisher Shayol recently published Phantastische Literatur aus Afrika by Christian Hoffmann, a groundbraking survey of science fiction and other phantastic writing from all over the African continent, the first study of its kind that tried to find an answer to the question „Is there phantastic fiction in Africa?“. Here’s a press note:

About 15 years ago German author Christian Hoffmann faced this question and started his investigation about that unusual topic. In the course of time he came across nearly 100 writers in 18 African states, whose work can be assigned to the genres of fantasy, horror, science fiction, or speculative fiction.

In his book Phantastische Literatur aus Africa. Eine Bestandsaufnahme (Phantastic Fiction from Africa An Appraisal), which was recently published by Shayol Verlag in Berlin, Hoffmann introduces the most relevant authors and their works in substantial essays. Among the reviewed authors are: Nagib Mahfouz (Egypt), Mohammed Mrabet (Morocco), Amos Tutuola, Ben Okri and D. O. Fagunwa (Nigeria), Nnedi Okorafor (Nigeria/USA), Birago Diop (Senegal), Syl Cheney-Coker (Sierra Leone), Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o (Kenia), Abdourahman A. Waberi (Djibouti),Lauren Beukes, Claude Nunes, J. M. Cotzee (South Africa).

Apart from that, Hoffmann takes a look on the history of African literature and its characteristics.

Another central issue which is discussed in detail is whether our western idea of »fantastic« can be applied to other cultures.

Phantastische Literatur aus Africa. Eine Bestandsaufnahme is the first book worldwide to deal with this exciting subject.

Christian Hoffmann is the author of books about Robert Sheckley, Fritz Leiber and John T. Sladek. Besides he wrote lots of stories, reviews and essays for several German magazines. He lives in Munich, Germany.

Coming: InterNova upgrade

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InterNova is facing a major upgrade. In recent months the magazine has almost doubled its audience. To provide a better service for our readers editor Michael K. Iwoleit plans a design and functionality rework of the site and more regular uploads. To make the best of the magazine, however, InterNova is looking for further volunteer collaborators. Especially wanted are native English proofreaders who are willing to read two or three stories each month. There are also plans to open a Spanish and a French section of InterNova to provide part of the magazine’s content in these languages too. To make it happen, the support of volunteer English-to-Spanish and English-to-French translators and of proofreaders in both languages will be required. InterNova also appreciates contacts with correpondents who could provide news about the sf production in their country or region. If you’re interested in a collaboration please contact editor Michael K. Iwoleit at <>

Our readers are also welcome to send us their opinions and their wishes for what the magazine should offer in the future.

Five continent reading in Second Life

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On May 5th several current and coming InterNova authors will take part in a unique group reading in the 3d Internet world Second Life.  In Thorsten Küper’s and Kirsten Riehl’s steampunk location Kafé Kruemelkram five science fiction writers from five continents, all writing in English, will read from their works live. Apart from InterNova editor Michael K. Iwoleit who represents Europe the invited writers are:

For Asia: Guy Hasson (Israel)

For Africa: Jonathan Elorm Dotse (Ghana)

For South America: Gustavo Bondoni (Argentina)

For North America: Ahmed A. Khan (Canada)

German sf writer and artist Christian Günther has created the following promotion flyer for our international science fiction reading in May in Second Life. Feel free to use this graphic to promote the event in the web. (But please send me a link if you do so.)


Lavie Tidhar nominated for BSFA Award

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InterNova author Lavie Tihar’s novel Osama has been nominated as best novel for this year’s British Science Fiction Association Awards. More infomation about the BSFA Award shortlist can be found at the BSFA page.

English story collection by Sven Klöpping

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InterNova co-editor Sven Klöpping has just published an English-language e-book collection with eight stories set in his fictious MegaFusion universe that links many of his stories. It can be ordered here.

E-mail Address Change

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We’ve only just noticed that after a recent server relocation our e-mail address doesn’t work correctly anymore. Please use from now on Michael Iwoleit’s personal e-mail address for submissions and queries.

If anybody of you has recently written an e-mail recently and didn’t receive an answer, we’re sorry. Please be so kind and send your e-mails again. Thanks!

November 5., 2011: World Fantasy Award for Nnedi Okarafor

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InterNova author Nnedi Okarafor has won the World Fantasy Award 2011 in the novel categoryfor Who Fears Death (DAW Books). For further information see the World Fantasy Award homepage and Nnedi’s homepage at Congratulation, Nnedi!


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