Aliette de Bodard on Writing Cultures: Insider vs. Outsider

Aliette de Bodard, contributor to the Apex Book of World SF and currently has a novel out from Angry Robot Books, has a piece on Writing Cultures: Insider vs. Outsider: It’s not the point of this post, but I think we can argue for a long while about what “authentic” means. It’s nowhere as clear-cut... Continue Reading →

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Australian SpecFic Snapshot 2010

Last week, Kathryn Linge, Random Alex, Girlie Jones, Rachel the Mechanical Cat, TansyRR and EditorMum interviewed several people in the Australian SpecFic scene. Here's the links, courtesy of Kathryn Linge: Marianne De Pierres, Richard Harland, Karen Miller, Margo Lanagan, Ben Peek, Narelle Harris, Paul Collins, Damien Broderick, Shane Jiraiya Cummings, Angela Slatter, Dion Hamill, Garth... Continue Reading →

The Bulgarian Science Fiction between the East and the West – IV. Ye Shall Not be Forgotten by Valentin Ivanov

This article originally appeared in Valentin Ivanov’s bilingual blog. This excursion across the years and names cannot last forever. It was never meant to be complete and I am not even going to pretend that it was objective -- I was simply telling you about my favorite SF books and writers from my country. Before... Continue Reading →

Bulgarian Science Fiction Between the East and the West – III. The Golden Age of Bulgarian Hard SF by Valentin Ivanov

This article originally appeared in Valentin Ivanov’s bilingual blog. While the previous trends in Bulgarian SF can easily by associated with one or two names, hard SF is too broad for that, explaining the lack of personal names in the title of this post. American and British Golden Age SF trickled through the Bulgarian SciFi... Continue Reading →

Bulgarian Science Fiction Between the East and the West – II. Svetoslav Minkov and the Diabolic Fate of SF Writers Who Tried Their Hand at Publishing by Valentin Ivanov

This article originally appeared in Valentin Ivanov’s bilingual blog. Svetoslav Minkov was born in 1902. The timely end of WWI saved him from the military career, his family was preparing for him, and he plunged into literature. It is difficult now to figure out why this successful librarian (working in the National Library), and even... Continue Reading →

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