… and we’re back!

Apologies for the long silence – we’ll try to be back up and running properly by next week.

I went to Eastercon – a British SF convention – this weekend. We did a panel on “Non-Anglophone SF” – which is interesting, how something is defined by what it’s not. It was a bit of an odd panel, with one man, memorably, coming up to me after the panel to tell me that “for people who all speak English as a first language, you speak it VERY WELL!”

He meant that as a compliment, which was all the more painful, I think…

Anyhow, here’s a picture:

Left to right: Thomas Olde Heuvelt, Lavie Tidhar, Myra Çakan, Nir Yaniv, Aliette de Bodard, Rochita Loenen-Ruiz

In other news, I regret to say Val Grimm is stepping down as our Portal liaison due to other commitments.  Val was able to incorporate much of the original Portal material into the World SF Blog back log, so it remains available to people, and I’d like to thank her for all the hard work she’d done on promoting international SF/F in the past few years – the Portal web site was, I think, a tremendous achievement, and I’m proud that she’d let us carry that wealth of material.

The Hugos were announced over the weekend – huge congratulations to our tireless publisher, Jason Sizemore, whose Apex Magazine is nominated for the Best Semiprozine Award! The latest issue of Apex, edited by Lynne M. Thomas, is a special International SF issue, so do check it out. Congratulations as well to WSB contributor Ken Liu for pretty much sweeping the awards this year – he’s up for two Hugos alongside his Nebula nominations. We’ll also keep our fingers crossed for Karen Lord, who is up for a Campbell Award for Best New Writer.

I think this is about it – we’ve got some more original material coming in the next few weeks, and the usual roundup of links. Remember we’re always on the lookout for contributors, so do drop us a line if you’d like to get involved!

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