Nick Mamatas on The Anarchy of Translation

Over at the Haikasoru Blog, Nick Mamatas talks about translation: We get similar issues cropping up all the time with Haikasoru titles. If a character has a family name that translates into “Thermometer” for example—and no, it’s not a standard Japanese family name—do we call the character “Ms. Thermometer?” Even if the book is about... Continue Reading →

Short Story Highlight: “Somadeva: A Sky River Sutra” by Vandana Singh (Strange Horizons)

Part of what we're trying to do with the WSNB is highlight individual short stories by international writers as they're being published. You can click on both the 2010 stories or the short story highlight tags to see previous posts. The latest story we wanted to turn your attention to is Somadeva: A Sky River... Continue Reading →

Short Story Highlight: Hi Bugan ya Hi Kinggawan by Rochita Loenen-Ruiz (Fantasy Magazine)

Netherlands-based Filipino writer Rochita Loenen-Ruiz has a new short story up at Fantasy Magazine entitled "Hi Bugan ya Hi Kinggawan". Here's an excerpt: If not for the Mama-oh’s quick actions, you would have grown up without a mother. With a bamboo tube, and a woven blanket, she captured your mother’s spirit just as it was leaving... Continue Reading →

Fabio Fernandes on Brazil in International SF – of presences and absences

Earlier this month, Fabio Fernandes was pondering on Brazil's presence in Science Fiction, over at his blog Post-Weird Thoughts: The Quiet War - Paul McAuley's novel presents us a kind of old-fashioned space opera where Earth is mostly dominated by Greater Brazil, a sort of mega-country that seems to occupy all the Americas and then... Continue Reading →

Original Content: Hungarian Post-Communist Science Fiction

Hungarian fantasy writer and editor Csilla Kleinheincz submitted to us this essay on Hungarian Post-Communist Science Fiction, which was originally published in Czech magazine Ikarie. Here's a trimmed down and translated version of that piece: In the eighties there were already signs of the change that came in 1989 - in these years new authors... Continue Reading →

Bulgarian Science Fiction and Fantasy in 2009

Valentin Ivanov has a blog entry entitled Bulgarian Science Fiction and Fantasy in 2009 and highlights some publications. Here's an excerpt: - "Слънце недосегаемо" (Sun Intangible) by Nikolay Tellalov, this is the fourth book by an unique hard SF - Fantasy cross over series, the first Bulgarian speculative fiction epics. The volumes alternate genres between... Continue Reading →

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