Editorial: On Japanese SF, by Nick Mamatas (Haikasoru Week)

On Japanese SF By Nick Mamatas In Issui Ogawa’s The Next Continent, the “war on terror” is a political afterthought thanks to an American retreat from the Middle East; Japanese businesspeople see themselves as a counterweight to Western globalization; and engineers can do anything from building undersea vacation spots to constructing a wedding chapel on... Continue Reading →

Review: Housuke Nojiri’s Rocket Girls, and The Last Planet (Haikasoru Week)

Housuke Nojiri: Rocket Girls (tr. Joseph Reeder) Housuke Nojiri: The Last Planet (tr. Alexander O. Smith) Review by Anil Menon   Given Japanese pop culture’s fascination with schoolgirls and science fiction’s fascination with outer space, it is all but inevitable that Japanese SF would try to merge the two subgenres into one: schoolgirls in space.... Continue Reading →

A brief history of Hungarian fantasy

Hungarian fantasy is based on the  pre-existing anglophone literary traditions and did not develop independently. Hungarian fantastic literature is varied but authors did not form a movement based on the common usage of the surreal and the fantastic, and did not have a mentor-student tradition. Fantastic  elements may be significant in a writer’s work and even... Continue Reading →

Curveship: A new way to write IF

Nick Montfort's overview of Curveship was among the programming associated with the second IF mini-convention at PAX East. We interviewed him about the project."What Curveship does differently is allowing control over the telling, not just the underlying storyworld." How did you first become academically interested in the possibilities of interactive fiction? My interest in interactive... Continue Reading →

Tuesday Fiction: “Mardock: Two Hundred Below” by Tow Ubukata (Haikasoru Week)

Today on the World SF Blog we have an exclusive novelette from Japanese author Tow Ubukata, part of our Haikasoru Week! A best-selling series and a hot anime in Japan, Tow Ubukata's MARDOCK SCRAMBLE was recently released as one huge English-language volume epic adventure. This week's feature novelette "Two Hundred Below" is a Mardock City showcases all... Continue Reading →

Haikasoru Week!

Following our first Author Week - featuring Ekaterina Sedia - which was both a success and a lot of fun (with more forthcoming), we've decided to do, in addition, a series of weeks focusing on genre publishers of international fiction, starting with the most exciting imprint to come around in a long time - Haikasoru,... Continue Reading →

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