Category Archives: August 2011
Tor’s offerings for August include three pieces, one long and two short, which lean more towards science fiction rather than fantasy. The fourth, excerpted from a collection, is purely fantastic.
So, we know the inspiration for these awards has been covered elsewhere, for example on New Zealand author Helen Lowe’s blog, but I am curious how the board and the first year’s jurors came together. Also, it sounds from the … Continue reading
First published in Russkaya Fantastika, 18.01.2009. Translation by René Walling, editing by Val Grimm. Esli Magazine (, “If”) is probably the oldest Russian sf magazine.
I’ll be covering highlights of the January through April issues, and a more in-depth review of the May and June issues.
“Appearance is very different from reality; or is it another form of reality? Bioy Casares It often seems that science fiction that doesn’t focus on the ‘harder’ aspect (the more technological and focused on the machine) loses some of its … Continue reading
A year ago, I wrote an essay  about the fact that writers feel free to use Hellenic contexts (myths, history, location), blithely assuming they know my culture well enough to do so convincingly. I mentioned that contemporary Hellenic literature … Continue reading
First published in Russkaya Fantastika, 31.10.2009. Translation by René Walling, editing by Val Grimm. Recently we told you about the appearance of an Ukrainian science fiction that tended to have its own characteristics and was beginning to aquire its own … Continue reading
First published in Russkaya Fantastika, 07.12.2008. Translation by René Walling, editing by Val Grimm. To make a complete survey of Russian genre literature, we must of course discuss magazines. This is why we will begin with Mir Fantastiki, the Russian … Continue reading
This double issue contains a mix of stories ranging in quality from Kristine Kathryn Rusch‘s excellent novella to a one-joke piece of flash fiction. As usual for Analog, many of the stories feature space explorers, scientists and engineers.