Author Archives: Valentin Ivanov

About Valentin Ivanov

Valentin D. Ivanov was born in Bulgaria in 1967. He received an M.S. in Physics with specialization in Astronomy from the University of Sofia in 1992, a Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of Arizona in 2001, and he has been working for the European Southern Observatory ever since. Valentin has a broad area of research interests — from extrasolar planets to obscured Milky Way clusters and active galaxies. He is married, with two children. Valentin began to write science fiction and fantasy in high school. He has published in his native country a collection of fantasy stories based on Bulgarian folklore, written in collaboration with Kiril Dobrev. His personal home-page can be found at: and his blog (written in both Bulgarian and English) at:

Lawful Little Country: The Bulgarian Laws of Robotics

The Fifth Law of Robotics” () Nikola Kesarovski () in the story collection The Fifth Law, Sofia, Otechestvo Publishing House, 1983 (1) A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to … Continue reading

Posted in June 2011 | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

A Whiff of Cold Air: The Longing for the Lost Dream of Space in Soviet and American Science Fiction.

(The Moon Dream), by Alexandr Lazarevich, 1989 Requiem, by Robert A. Heinlein, in Adventures in Time and Space, eds. Raymond J. Healy and J. Francis McComas, Random House, 1946 The Moon Dream and Requiem are two stories written by a … Continue reading

Posted in April 2011 | Tagged , | 4 Comments

New Scientist, Flash Fiction Competition 2010

New Scientist is a for-profit popular science magazine, published since 1956, based in the UK. I find it easier to describe this magazine in negatives: it isn’t a peer-reviewed scientific journal, and it doesn’t specialize in one particular scientific field. … Continue reading

Posted in January 2011 | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

Bulgarian Science Fiction and Fantasy: Boutique Publishing in SFF Fan Clubs. Review of the commemorative book “With the Name of Ivan Efremov”

1. Boutique Publishing A unique language spoken in a single small country is a blessing and a curse, because it is a core element of the national identity, but it also puts writers and fans in isolation and in a … Continue reading

Posted in December 2010 | Tagged , , | 2 Comments