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Cuban SF – In Pictures

Since we’re on the subject of Cuban SF, here is Scott Edelman summing up a visit to Cuba with a pictorial on Cuban SF Books, followed by The Faces of Cuban SF.

April 30, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Comments Off

Cuban science fiction: Diana Chaviano

As  pointed out in the comments to the last post, one name missing from the list which it is well worth checking out is Diana Chaviano – check out her wikipedia entry, and her author site, with links to many of her books, in English and Spanish.

April 29, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Comments Off

Cuban Science Fiction Writers

An excellent list of Cuban science fiction writers, with authors’ photos, bios and publications, and including links to interviews and short fiction in Spanish. 

April 28, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | | 3 Comments

Mew Sergey Gerasimov story online

Ukrainian writer Sergey Gerasimov has a new story, "The Most Dangerous Profession", up at Fantasy Magazine. There is also an interview with him.

"Sergey Gerasimov lives in Kharkiv, Ukraine with his wife and daughter. He has a degree in theoretical physics from Kharkiv University and has sold twelve novels and nearly a hundred stories in Russia and Ukraine.

You can also read Gerasimov’s earlier story, "The Glory of the World", over at Clarkesworld Magazine.

April 27, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Comments Off

Chinese science fiction 2008

A recent article on Chinese science fiction over at Concatenation, by Jenny Bai and Cecilia Qin of SF World, partly talking about the well-attended Chengdu conference that took place just before the Japanese Worldcon.

Nowadays Chinese SF & fantasy is still in the process of development. SF/fantasy readers in China are mostly teenagers with a low purchasing power: this is quite different to western countries that have a greater share of older readers. To balance the market, SFW put massive effort in the introduction of foreign SF works to Chinese readers. – Read the rest of the article.

April 26, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | | Comments Off

2022 Tsunami

Thailand has its own special effects-laden disaster movie in the works – 2022 Tsunami, the trailer for which is currently playing every cinema in Bangkok, and due to be released next month.

In a new one for the World SF blog, we are happy to present – the trailer!

April 24, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | 1 Comment

Kung Fu Hustle

Been asked recently about Asian films and, well, you can’t go wrong with watching Stephen Chow’s Kung Fu Hustle [IMDB] [Wikipedia].

Kung Fu Hustle is a wonderful remaking of classic wuxia stories – but rather than take place in one of the dynasty periods, it takes place in 1930s Shanghai, its shanties and criminal underworld. All the Chow regulars appear, but unlike his previous films, this one is seriously high-budget (a whopping 20 million US) – and it shows. Chow plays the wannabe gangster who sets off the battle between the Axe Gang and the residents of Pig Sty Alley – five of whom just happen to be kung-fu masters. Visually, the film is stunning, and unlike other wuxia films, it doesn’t take itself too seriously, combining Chow’s regular comedy into the superbly-choreographed fight scenes. The film is an absolute joy, combining fantasy, romance, action and comedy to create "the highest grossing film in the history of Hong Kong".

Chow went on to make CJ7, a science fiction film for kids.

April 23, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Comments Off

Mexican Pulps: The Historieta

A long article on Mexican Historieta - pocket-books, pulp fiction, comics – by Sergio Ulloa.

During the 1930s, the historieta earned its independence from the dailies, and slowly began appearing in magazines and independent comic books. That decade saw a diversification of genre, and the comic books began producing other themes such as heroes, horror stories, science fiction and melodrama.Read the rest of the article.

April 22, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Comments Off

Indian comics

Samit Basu on Comics, graphic novels and Indian speculative fiction.

 

April 21, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Comments Off

Translating science fiction

 An interesting article over at Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine ShowHow Do you Say "Uplift" in French – A Look at Translation in Science Fiction by Carol Pinchefsky, which interviews Japanese, French, Polish and Hebrew translators on the subject.

April 20, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

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