Angel G. Angelov’s The Act of Walking on Water (Bulgaria)

Over at Locus Roundtable, Harry Markov discusses Angel G. Angelov's 1009 short story collection The Act of Walking on Water: Despite my good intentions, I have never served as a connoisseur of international fiction, given I own a small tomb of books I’ve been building since I first started reading in English. English still possesses... Continue Reading →

Tuesday Fiction: “Cosmic Love” by Harry Markov

Today's Tuesday Fiction is by Harry Markov from Bulgaria. Harry Markov is a writer, reviewer and columnist with a predominant interest in the weird, the fantastic and the horrifying. His non-fiction has appeared in Innsmouth Free Press, Beyond Victoriana, The Portal, Pornokitsch and The World SF blog. Most recently he has become an assistant to... Continue Reading →

Bulgarian Science Fiction and Fantasy: Boutique Publishing in SFF Fan Clubs. Review of the commemorative book “With the Name of Ivan Efremov”

1. Boutique Publishing A unique language spoken in a single small country is a blessing and a curse, because it is a core element of the national identity, but it also puts writers and fans in isolation and in a seemingly hopeless uphill battle with the tide of translated fiction. Unfortunately, a small country also... 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 →

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 →

Bulgarian Science Fiction Between the East and the West – I. Ivan Vazov – Near-future SF from a Century Ago by Valentin Ivanov

This article originally appeared in Valentin Ivanov's bilingual blog. I honestly admit it - this post was timed to take advantage of the announcement of the anthology "Diamonds in the Sky" (http://www.mikebrotherton.com/diamonds/), to try reaching more English-speaking readers, because the SF of my country is confined to a small readership by our unique language. This... Continue Reading →

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