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ISF # 4 FREE DOWNLOAD AVAILABLE

In Editorial, News on May 10, 2013 at 5:43 pm

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Last year, right around this time, ISF launched its first issue. In a way, then, this is the magazine’s birthday, and to celebrate you all get a gift. It’s the brand new issue of ISF, and like all gifts it’s free.

 

Issue #4 features three (yes, three!) winners of the World Fantasy Award. We also take an in-depth look at one of those authors, Zoran Živković, with one of his stories, an article about his work, and an interview with the author himself. All that, plus reviews of speculative fiction from around the world.

 

So go ahead, open your gift!

 

EPUB: ISF # 4 (epub)

MOBI: ISF # 4 (mobi)

PDF: ISF # 4 2013-5-10 (pdf)

 

Nas Hedron

Non-Fiction Editor

P.S. We’d love to hear what you think of our latest issue. Write us at correiodofantastico@gmail.com and let us know what you think.

 

 

 

ANTHOLOGY OF EUROPEAN SF EDITED BY CRISTIAN TAMAS AND ROBERTO MENDES

In News on April 19, 2013 at 1:52 pm

UPDATE: FREE DOWNLOAD ALREADY AVAILABLE! THIS ANTHOLOGY WILL ONLY BE AVAILABLE FOR YOUR FREE DOWNLOADING UNTIL 10 MAY 2013, SO HURRY UP!

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DOWNLOAD IT HERE:

DOWNLOAD LINKS WERE EXCLUSIVELY AVAILABLE UNTIL 10 MAY2013!

This is a joint effort of ISF and Europa Sf. Available for free (starting tonight), the ANTHOLOGY OF EUROPEAN SPECULATIVE FICTION, edited by Cristian Tamas and Roberto Mendes, features fiction by: Ian R. MacLeod (England) Jetse de Vries (Netherlands) Regina Catarino (Portugal) Liviu Radu (Romania) Carmelo Rafala (Italy) Cristian Mihail Teodorescu (Romania) Diana Pinguicha (Portugal) Hannu Rajaniemi (Finland) Vladimir Arenev (Ukraine) Philip Harris (England) Dănuţ Ungureanu (Romania) Aliette de Bodard (France) Artwork by George Munteanu, Cover Design by Saul Bottcher, Copy Editing and ebook formatting by Elizabeth K. Campbell, Slush Reading by Raquel Margato and Alexandra Rolo You can download it here: http://internationalsf.wordpress.com/ http://scifiportal.eu/ epub, mobi and pdf versions for free!

INTRODUCTION BY

CRISTIAN TAMAŞ AND ROBERTO MENDES

 

European SF anthologies are rare as pink diamonds, and it seems that American editors have been more interested in collecting and presenting European SF stories than European editors are (for instance, The SFWA European Hall of Fame: Sixteen Contemporary Masterpieces of Science Fiction from the Continent (2008), edited by James Morrow and Kathryn Morrow and featuring James Gunn, Donald Wolfheim, and others). It’s as though someone is a European only from a distance—from America, for example! Who inhabits Europe ? Europeans? Well, yes and no. Europe is inhabited by Germans, Frenchmen, Britons (from time to time, depending on the continent’s weather), Italians, Spaniards, Portuguese, Swedes, Poles, Dutchmen, Russians, Ukrainians, and so on. We’re Europeans only when we’re visiting other continents, but not at home. There are exceptions to the rule that European editors are uninterested in European SF, including Austrian editor Franz Rottensteiner (View from Another Shore, 1973), French editor Olivier Raynaud (under the pen name of Richard D. Nolane, working with American publisher DAW Books, Terra SF : The Year’s Best European SF (1981), and Terra Science Fiction II: The Year’s Best European SF (1983)), and Spanish editor Domingo Santos with the Ciencia ficcion europea (1982). But the general trend remains. What’s the reason for this lack of interest? Why do we only have a few European SF anthologies compiled by European editors? Why should a culturally diverse continent like Europe being incapable of finding a common way to publish its own SF on regular basis? Or, even better, collecting that fiction in English, so that more readers can read it? Read the rest of this entry »

THE RETURN OF ALFRED BESTER By Lou Antonelli

In Short Story on April 1, 2013 at 5:25 pm

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The ISF Magazine is proud to present a short story by Lou Antonelli!

Lou published is first short story in 2003 when he was 46. Since then he has had 77 short stories published in the U.S., U.K., Canada and Australia, in venues such as Asimov’s Science Fiction, Jim Baen’s Universe, Dark Recesses, Andromeda Spaceways In-Flight Magazine, Greatest Uncommon Denominator (GUD), and Daily Science Fiction, among many others. He has received eleven honorable mentions in the annual anthology “The Year’s Best Science Fiction” edited by Gardner Dozois and published by St. Martin’s Press for 2010, 2008, 2006, 2005 and 2004.

 His steampunk short story, “A Rocket for the Republic”, was the last story accepted by Dozois before he retired as editor of Asimov’s Science Fiction after 19 years. It was published in Asimov’s in September 2005 and placed third in the annual Readers’ Poll.
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THE RETURN OF ALFRED BESTER

By Lou Antonelli

“That’s strange, I thought the nickname ‘Pops’ was used by Americans for an elderly man,” said the Captain.  “You don’t look very old at all.”

“Physically, I’m only 35, although chronologically I’m 837,” said Pops. “That’s not where I got the nickname.  It comes from an old American frozen treat, the popsicle.”

The Captain stiffened.  “I didn’t know you had been resuscitated.”

“That’s okay, I’m glad to be alive,” said Pops.  “Of all the ‘criminals’ who were frozen by the American People’s Republic, I was one of the guiltiest.  I wasn’t a businessman, I was a traitor.”

“That explains your accent,” said the Captain.  “The Texas War.”

“That explains why they stuck me here in this grunt job entering records for my rehabilitation,” said Pops.  “You said you could use my help.  How could I possibly help you?”

The Captain sat down and laid his cap on the table.  “You probably know the Aryan Nation in Idaho is the area most culturally similar to the old United States.”

“Yes, from what I’ve heard, they haven’t learned a thing.”

“They haven’t forgotten a thing, either,” said the Captain.  “Have you heard of Doctor Gul-Branson?”

“Yes, the anthropologist at the university in Sallake City,” said Pops.  “He comes by headquarters often, although I haven’t seen him in a few months.”

“That’s because he’s in Idaho right now and he’s not an anthropologist, he’s an ethnographer,” said the Captain.  “He went into the mountains to do some field research and study their isolated culture.”

“Not to be rude, but what has this got to do with me?”

“The Aryans opened up a little with Dr. Gul-Branson because his specialty is American culture.  They seemed to have some sympathy for him, because he knows about their origins.  But communications have gotten spotty, and we’re worried about him.  His most recent message seemed very stiff and stilted.  He won’t set a date to leave.”

“You think he might be under some kind of duress?” Read the rest of this entry »

ISF 2012 ANNUAL ANTHOLOGY – FREE DOWNLOAD AVAILABLE

In Article, News on March 20, 2013 at 10:23 am

Annual ISF #Anthology

UPDATE: EPUB,  MOBI AND PDF  VERSIONS OF THE ANTHOLOGY ARE ALREADY AVAILABLE FOR FREE DOWNLOAD! PLEASE SCROLL DOWN TO DOWNLOAD THOSE VERSIONS!

YEAH! All the versions are already available for free download! Wait no more:

DOWNLOAD THE EPUB VERSION: CLICK HERE

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DOWNLOAD THE PDF VERSION: CLICK HERE

Our first anthology, the ISF 2012 ANNUAL ANTHOLOGY edited by Roberto Mendes and Ricardo Loureiro, is already available for free download!

Stay tuned and make sure to pay us a visit later and drop us a commentary!

TOC:

  1. “Siren Songs in Deep Time” by Nas Hedron
  2. “Aliens” by Lavie Tidhar
  3. “The Death of Mr. Teodorescu” by Cristian-Mihail Teodorescu
  4. “59 Beads” by Rochita Loenen-Ruiz
  5. “Dad Bought a Teleporter” by Attila Sümegi
  6. “Space Oddity” by Regina Catarino
  7. “Metal Can Lanterns” by Joyce Chng
  8. “The Colors of Creation” by Judit Lorinczy
  9. “Digits Are Cold, Numbers Are Warm” by Liviu Radu
  10. “Butterfly, Falling at Dawn” by Aliette de Bodard
  11. “Aphrodisia” by Lavie Tidhar
  12. “Hunt Beneath the Moon” by Marian Truta
  13. “The Ethics of Treason” by Gerson Lodi-Ribeiro
  14. “The Wind-Blown Man” by Aliette de Bodard
  15. “Single-Bit Error” by Ken Liu

Cover art is by Erasmus Brosdau.

Later today you can download for free the ePub, mobi and pdf file!

Here is what Gardner Dozois and Cat Rambo had to say about the anthology:

“A fascinating and valuable look at what’s happening in other parts of the science fiction world, far outside of the usual American/English genre boundaries, and a book filled with strong new voices.” Gardner Dozois

 “This is what science fiction should do: amaze, sometimes alarm, and always entertain, in worlds that manage to be not our own but still reflect our reality.” Cat Rambo

Roberto Mendes

Editor in Chief

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Download all the ISF Issues

In Uncategorized on March 20, 2013 at 10:22 am

NUMBER ZERO: launched in June 2012 featuring 3 short stories by Alliete de Bodard (France), C.M. Teodorecu (Romania) and Gerson Lodi-Ribeiro (Brazil), 1 article by Fábio Fernandes (Brazil) and 1 interview by Cristian Tamas (Romania) to Judit Lörinczy (Hungary), plus cover art and illustrations by João Pedro Fonseca (Portugal).

Downoad it for free: ISF_issue_june_2012

NUMBER ONE: launched in November 2012 featuring 3 short stories by Joyce Chng (Singapore), Rochita-Loenen-Ruiz (Philippines), Marian Truta (Romania)  and 1 article by Stanislaw Lem (Poland), plus cover art by Rafael Mendes (Portugal).

International Speculative Fiction # 1 Free Download

NUMBER TWO: launched in December 2012 featuring 3 short stories by Nas Hedron, Ken Liu and Lavie Tidhar and an interview to Professor Rachel Haywood Ferreira. Cover art by Tomasz Maronski (Poland).

ISF 2 December 2012 Execution Version – Free Download

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Download the Latest ISF Issue

In News on March 20, 2013 at 10:00 am

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Dear ISF readers, it is an honor to be, yet again, able to offer you the opportunity to expand your reading horizons! So many great authors, so many fascinating new worlds! Join us again in one more voyage full of sense of wonder! Oh, and Happy New year, this will be our year, you just wait and see…

Roberto Mendes

Editor in Chief

Okay here we are: The very first 2013 ISF issue. Great reading!

Ricardo Loureiro

Fiction Editor

E.PUB DOWNLOAD: ISF # 3 E.pub

PDF DOWNLOAD: ISF # 3 Download

 

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ESFS AWARDS: ISF NOMINATED FOR BEST EUROPEAN MAGAZINE

In News, Uncategorized on March 19, 2013 at 5:53 pm

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YEAHHHHHHHH!

ISF Magazine was nominated for an ESFS Award, in the “Best European Magazine” category!

We are really proud and happy with this nomination!

Europa SF (a great site about the SF scene all over Europe), to which I also contribute was nominated for Best Site and Fénix Fanzine from Portugal, a fanzine that has a place on my hearth (contributed for the number zero and edited the number one) was nominated for Best Fanzine!

The European Science Fiction Society is an international organisation of SF professionals and fans who are committed to promoting Science Fiction in Europe and European Science Fiction worldwide.

The first European Science Fiction Convention was held in 1972 in Trieste, Italy.

One of their aims is encouraging people who are active in SF-fandom with their award. The next awards will be decided at the Eurocon in Kiev in April 2013.

Roberto Mendes

ISF EDITOR IN CHIEF

Click here to see the nominations!

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ISF FICTION – João Ventura (Portugal)

In Short Story on February 11, 2013 at 6:08 pm

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The ISF team is proud to present a short story by João Ventura, a Portuguese writer.

Crop Circle Formation:
A (Super)Natural Theory[1]

João Ventura

Michael, who was an archangel, slowly drifting on a warm sunny day above the Earth, saw Tommy playing by the side of a pond. The little boy was throwing small pebbles into the water, producing ripples which spread in wider and wider circles from the point of impact. Being of an aesthetical mind, Michael was impressed by the simplicity and beauty of the wave patterns.

Sometimes Tommy would manage to make a pebble bounce once or twice on the water surface, causing very interesting interference patterns to appear. Michael would like to be able to do it himself, but, being a pure spirit, he couldn’t hold anything, including stones. And he went back to Heaven, slightly disappointed. (This “went back” should of course be read as a metaphorical mode of expression). This happened about the time William Shakespeare was writing his plays.

Emmanuel was an angel, therefore one step below Michael in the celestial hierarchy, but they were good friends. After learning from Michael the contents of the previous paragraph, he thought and thought about it. Being more scientifically inclined, he soon devised a satisfactory alternative to the “pebble throwing into the water” game.

It just happens that these creatures’ halos are very strong energy reservoirs. Emmanuel also preferred permanent to transient art forms, and about three centuries later (time is not that important in angelic matters), after doing some experiments on his own, he approached Michael for a demonstration of his “halo throwing into the field” game.

Emmanuel had tried several types of fields; but he had found wheat fields to be the most appropriate, because individual plants possessed a very strong angelic susceptibility. So he and Michael would throw their halos to the wheat field (again “throw” shouldn’t be taken too literally) and, although in the beginning they could only produce circles, with a bit of practice, varying the way the halos were projected (spinning, tumbling, rolling…) other kinds of formations started to be generated and wonderful patterns were formed on the field. One of the properties of the halos being their boomerangness, they would bounce back to the owner and the game could go on. Read the rest of this entry »

ISF # 3 Free Download (pdf and e.pub)

In Article on January 25, 2013 at 11:02 pm

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Dear ISF readers, it is an honor to be, yet again, able to offer you the opportunity to expand your reading horizons! So many great authors, so many fascinating new worlds! Join us again in one more voyage full of sense of wonder! Oh, and Happy New year, this will be our year, you just wait and see…

Roberto Mendes

Editor in Chief

Okay here we are: The very first 2013 ISF issue. Great reading!

Ricardo Loureiro

Fiction Editor

E.PUB DOWNLOAD: ISF # 3 E.pub

PDF DOWNLOAD: ISF # 3 Download

ISF 2012 Annual Anthology

In Article on January 25, 2013 at 10:10 am

ISF ANNUAL ANTHOLOGY

Hi folks, what do you think of this cover? It is with great pleasure that I share it with all of you. It is the cover for our Annual Anthology (stories published in our debut year – 2012). Erasmus Brosdau is the artist behind the cover art, also the great folks behind Indie Book Launcher produced the e.pub and elaborated the cover design and lettering

This anthology will soon be available for free download as pdf. and e.pub version!

Here is what Gardner Dozois and Cat Rambo had to say about the anthology:

“A fascinating and valuable look at what’s happening in other parts of the science fiction world, far outside of the usual American/English genre boundaries, and a book filled with strong new voices.” Gardner Dozois

 “This is what science fiction should do: amaze, sometimes alarm, and always entertain, in worlds that manage to be not our own but still reflect our reality.” Cat Rambo

Don´t forget, today we launch another issue of ISF. That’s right, ISF # 3 will be available for free download really, really soon!

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ISF # 3 JANUARY 2013 

TOC 

EDITORIAL

Ricardo Loureiro (Fiction Editor)

FICTION:

Simon Jones (Australia)

Crystal Koo (Philippines)

Gerson Lodi-Ribeiro (Brazil)

Fernando Pina (Portugal)

ARTICLE

Jess Nevins – Pulp Scifi under German, Russian, Japanese and Spanish Totalitarism

INTERVIEW

Cristian Tamas interviews Professor Arielle Saiber with a focus on Italian SF

REVIEWS

Sean Wright Reviews two Singaporean International Speculative Fiction Anthologies

Jorge Candeias Reviews three Short Stories written by International Speculative Fiction Authors

COVER ART
Hauke Vagt (Germany)
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