Short Story Highlight: “Strabismus” by Stefan Grabiński (Poland)

Weird Fiction Review feature the short story Strabismus by Stefan Grabiński (1887-1936), a Polish writer of horror fiction. It is translated by Miroslaw Lipinski. He had attached himself to me, I don’t know how or when. His name was Brzechwa, Jozef Brzechwa. What a name!  Something about it fastens and hooks onto the nerves, irritating them with its grating resonance. ... Continue Reading →

Book highlight: A Polish Book of Monsters

Check out A Polish Book of Monsters, a collection of "five stories of speculative fiction edited and translated from the Polish by Michael Kandel, award-winning translator of the fiction of Stanislaw Lem. From dystopian science fiction to fabled fantasy, these dark tales grip us through the authors' ability to create utterly convincing alien worlds that... Continue Reading →

Tuesday Fiction: “An Orbital Flight With a Small Surprise”, By Pyotr Kowalczyk

An Orbital Flight With a Small Surprise By Pyotr Kowalczyk   George Pearinsky was disappointed. They stuck him into this thing resembling a caftan, not a flight suit, and he couldn’t even take a photo of himself, but maybe it was better without one anyway, because in this vomit-green inflatable quilted shit, he looked like a... Continue Reading →

British Science Fiction Association Awards shortlist announced

The nominees for the British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) Award have just been announced. The complete list is available at Torque Control. There are a few international nominees, listed below: Short story category - Roberto Quaglia (with Ian Watson), for The Beloved Time of Their Lives (Italy) Non-fiction category - Deepa D for I Didn't... Continue Reading →

S&S and Tor to Release Russian Fantasy Trilogy by Alexey Pehov

CORRECTED from previous version erroneously attributing publication to Gollancz (thanks Simon!) Alexey Pehov's Shadow Prowler, the first book of The Chronicles of Siala, translated by Andrew Bromfield (best known for translating the Night Watch books), to be published by Tor (US) and Simon & Schuster (UK). ABOUT PEHOV (from his website): Alexey Pehov is a... Continue Reading →

Words Without Borders December 2009: Internationational Science Fiction

Check out this month's Words Without Borders, which has a focus on international science fiction. It includes works from Stanislaw Lem, Tomasz Kołodziejczak, Olga Slavnikova, Zoran Živković, Hiroshi Yamamoto, Machado de Assis, Liu Cixin, Tomasz Kołodziejczak, Pablo A. Castro, Muhammad Husain Jah, José Eugenio Sánchez, and Carmen Firan. I'd also like to thank all the... Continue Reading →

Stanislaw Lem on Philip K. Dick: “A Visionary Among the Charlatans”

Stanislaw Lem's classic essay, translated from the Polish by Robert Abernathy, is online at the Science Fiction Studies archives. If anyone is dissatisfied with SF in its role as an examiner of the future and of civilization, there is no way to make an analogous move from literary oversimplifications to full-fledged art, because there is... Continue Reading →

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