Hungary is a small country in the middle of Europe, with a population of ten million and a language that has its closest relatives in the Ural Mountains. Consequently the number of science fiction and fantasy fans is small, and the number of writers even smaller, basically everyone knows everyone else. I'll try to give a brief overview of the Hungarian sci-fi and fantasy scene.
Expanded Horizons has become the premier webzine publishing international writers these days, and their latest issue is a strong one, including two Apex Book of World SF II contributors! Check out stories from Hungary, Egypt, Malaysia, Mexico, Hong Kong and the Philippines at this great publication. Issue Twenty-Four (Nov 2010) Fiction Cornrows and Dill Pickles... Continue Reading →
The special multiethnic issue of the Innsmouth Free Press has been released, containing Lovecraftian stories and others by writers from Hungary, Argentina, Russia and the Philippines - here is the full table of contents: Table of Contents Quoth the Cultist | Mari Ness Red Goat, Black Goat | Nadia Bulkin Eyes in the Vastness of... Continue Reading →
Over an Concatenation (a very valuable resource), there is an article entitled Unseen Mainland European SF Classics which was "written as a precursor to the Euroconference Odyssey 2010 in London and a panel on this topic". They highlight various works from France, Germany, Hungary, Portugal, Russia, and Spain. Here's an excerpt: If you happen to... Continue Reading →
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 →
Over at the now-defunct Fantastic Metropolis site is an article from a while back on Hungarian science fiction by Péter Michaleczky, with a very brief history of the genre in Hungary and a List of The Most Important Hungarian SF novels from between 1975-2000. Who wouldn't want to read Kiálts farkast! (“Cry Wolf!”), for instance, by... Continue Reading →