World SF 2011 Retrospective Part 1

In part 1 of our retrospective on World SF Literature published in 2011, we have K.S. Augustin who does a recap for Poland: Overview of recent Polish science-fiction Genre fiction continues to make inroads into what Western readers would consider to be “literature”. Recall Jacek Dukaj's winning of the European Literary Award for “Lód” (Ice)... Continue Reading →

Weird Fiction Review profiles André Pieyre de Mandiargues

Over at Weird Fiction Review, Edward Gauvin profiles French author André Pieyre de Mandiargues: In case you missed it over the holidays, Words Without Borders, the online magazine of international literature, ran an issue whose theme was “The Fantastic” for the final month of 2011, featuring work from Slovenia, Japan, Turkey, Malta, India (Urdu), Spain, China, and France. Highlights... Continue Reading →

Tuesday Fiction: “Clay Cast Cats” by TCA Lakshmi Narasimhan

Today's Tuesday Fiction is by TCA Lakshmi Narasimhan from India. Narasimhan is an engineering student who grew up with Tolkien, Asimov and a generous dose of Role Playing Games. His short-term goal is to create a Steampunk universe set in old Calcutta. This is the story's first publication. Clay Cast Cats TCA Lakshmi Narasimhan It was... Continue Reading →

Monday Original Content: The Persistent Neoteny of Science Fiction

by Athena Andreadis; originally posted at Starship Reckless. "Science fiction writers, I am sorry to say, really do not know anything. We can't talk about science, because our knowledge of it is limited and unofficial, and usually our fiction is dreadful." -- Philip K. Dick When Margaret Atwood stated that she does not write science... Continue Reading →

Postcolonialism and Science Fiction: An Introduction

Over at io9, they have posted an excerpt from the introduction to Jessica Langer's fascinating new book, Postcolonialism and Science Fiction: Most readers will be familiar with the classic oppositional science fiction tropes of the grotesque bug-eyed alien bent on Earthly domination and the beautiful but empty planet, ripe for colonization – or, of course,... Continue Reading →

Short Story Highlight: “Scattered Along The River of Heaven” by Aliette de Bodard

A fantastic start to 2012, with a major new story from French author Aliette de Bodard in the latest issue of Clarkesworld Magazine: Scattered Along The River of Heaven. Aliette says: This is the pseudo-Asian SF story with bots, a dying colonial empire, and a prison orbiting a black hole–aka the one where I had... Continue Reading →

Monday Original Content: Ten years of Six Brumes

Six Brumes [Six Mists] is an independent Québecois genre publishing house helmed by Jonathan Reynolds and Guillaume Houle, based in Drummondville and Sherbrooke. I met them at Congrès Boréal (a Québecois sf and fantasy convention) this past May in Montréal, where they were celebrating ten years of existence as well as the nomination of a... Continue Reading →

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