November 5., 2011: Ronald M. Hahn leaves Nova

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This week the 18th issue of the German sf magazine Nova that spawned InterNova goes into print. This is the last issue co-edited by Ronald M. Hahn, co-founder of both magazines and so far fiction editor of Nova, who leaves the team after nine years of hard work with little more reward than the honour and a beer now and then. Ronald, as writer, editor, translator and critic one of the most important personalities in German science fiction of recent decades, is slowly closing his writing carreer and instead has picked up his music carreer where he has left it fourty years ago. If you’re ever in Germany don’t miss a chance to witness a gig of his magnificient band Wupperkrampen.

September 5., 2011: PDF Downloads

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From now on all stories and articles at InterNova can be downloaded as PDF files for easier reading and printout. Please regard the copyright note.

Thanks to Nils Müller for the software installation. Nils is a new member of our team and will occassionally help to improve the look and functionality of the InterNova site.

July 14., 2011: Post and Iwoleit win Kurd Laßwitz Preis

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InterNova editor Michael K. Iwoleit will receive this year’s Kurd Laßwitz Preis, the highest ranking German sf award, for his novella „Die Schwelle“, published in Nova 17.  Uwe Post, soon to be featured on InterNova, wins in the novel category with Walpar Tonnraffir und der Zeigefinger Gottes. For more information see

June 4., 2011: Prix Aurora Finalists 2011

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The finalists for this year’s Prix Aurora awards, the most important Canadian sf awards, have been announced. The finalists for the professional awards are: Continue Reading »

May 14., 2011: Ion Hobana Awards 2011

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Established in the memory of Ion Hobana (1931-2011), a well known Romanian scholar and SF writer, „one of Romania’s academic SF grandmasters (Romania’s greatest SF academic)”, as Jonathan Cowie said,  the yearly Ion Hobana Awards have been given for the first time by the Romanian Science Fiction & Fantasy Society and the Romanian Writers Union (Bucharest Branch) with the occasion of the Ion Hobana Colloquium „The Time and Times of Fiction”, Bucharest, Romania,  May 7th, 2011.
The winners are :

Mircea Oprita : The Ion Hobana Award for Lifetime Achievement
Cristian Mihail Teodorescu : The Ion Hobana Award for the best SF novel in 2010 (SF Two)
Liviu Radu : The Ion Hobana Award for the Best Fantasy Novel in 2010 (The World of Waldemar)
Bogdan Catalin Mereuta : The Ion Hobana Award for A Young Hope/debut under 35 years  (the recipient is 13 years old and he has managed to publish in 2010 the SF novel The Virtual Warriors)
The Ion Hobana Awards had been sponsored by the Romanian Ministry of Culture, see:

Cristian Tamas
Romanian Science Fiction & Fantasy Society


April 26., 2011: Cyberpunk Special in InterNova – Articles Wanted

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The original Cyberpunk – initiated by William Gibson and picked up by Bruce Sterling, Pat Cadigan, Tom Maddox, Lewis Shiner and others –  may have been a short-living movement in Science Fiction that lost its impetus after a few years. The plot vehicles and, maybe even more, the aesthetics of Cyberpunk, however, have left deep marks on the genre and all over the world writers have continued the Cyberpunk tradition in their own ways. In a special feature scheduled for mid June we will present a selection of international Cyberpunk stories with contributions from six countries. For the nonfiction section we are still looking for essays and articles that explore Cyberpunk and associated topics from the view of countries and writers outside of the English-speaking world. Submissions are welcome.

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

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

October 31. 2010: Ignotus Award for Gallego/Sánchez

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InterNova authors Eduardo Gallego and Guillem Sánchez – soon to be featured with their novella „Feeding the Thirsty“ at our site – have won te Ignotus Award 2010, the highest Spanish sf award, for their novella “La cosecha del centauro”. Congratulation from the InterNova team and our readers!

October 26. 2010: Interview with Achmed Khammas

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In an interview with the website Islam and Science Fiction, Achmed Khammas – writer,  renowned Arab to German translator and Islamic sf researcher – talks about his interest in science fiction and gives advice to aspiring sf writers with Arab or Muslim background.

The website Islam and Science Fiction is a recommendable source for information and discussions about Islam, Muslims and their relation to science fiction, be it in the works of Muslim or non-Muslim sf writers.

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