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The Music in Foreign Words

In Article on September 14, 2012 at 11:45 pm

Dear ISF readers we are proud to present to you a text by Thomas Olde Heuvelt about Chicon7, the 70th annual Worldcon in Chicago and also about international authors, international speculative fiction and more…

Read it, it is great!

The Music in Foreign Words 

By Thomas Olde Heuvelt

Last week I attended Chicon7, the 70th annual Worldcon in Chicago, USA. Yeah, it had George R. R. Martin and Neil Gaiman, and it had the online scanning robots accidentally cutting off the live stream of the HUGO Award Ceremony just before Neil and George started to speak, causing a huge online rage that even made it to CNN… although I thought it was kind of fitting for an SF-convention to have a man versus machine battle topping it off. But that’s not what I want to talk about.

In between all the parties and networking, I was in a panel called “Making a More Universal Worldcon”, together with Chinese author Qiufan Chen (or Stanley Chen, as his Anglophone name sounds), Brazilian-US author Christopher Kastensmidt, and US Fan Kerri-Ellen Kelly, moderated by Sri Lankan-US author and editor Mary Anne Mohanraj. Coming from The Netherlands, I proudly represented Europe. Read the rest of this entry »


Third Part of the Short (Hi)Story of Romanian Speculative Fiction by Cătălin Badea-Gheracostea

In Article on September 4, 2012 at 9:16 pm

Dear ISF readers,

Have you read the first two parts of the “Short (Hi)Story of Romanian Speculative Fiction” by Cătălin Badea-Gheracostea? No? Then just click here and here to read it, you will not regret it, I promisse!

And if the answer to our previous question is “yes”, then let’s continue our jorney and learn more about Romanian Speculative Fiction:

Short (Hi)Story of Romanian Speculative Fiction

told for strangers, aliens and secluded scholars


Cătălin Badea-Gheracostea


(Third Part of the Article)

A Last Breath Before Dying

I cannot end my case study without letting you know my favourite sequence from Dan Doboş writing. It is at the end of The Abbey’s first volume. It shows how Dan Doboş prepares in hundreds of pages only one page. It is the death of a super-soldier, super-man, super-intelligence, the death of Rimio de Vassur, the imperial quint sent by Read the rest of this entry »