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In Article, Editorial, Short Story on January 18, 2014 at 6:55 pm


Dear Readers,



International_Speculative_Fiction 5 execution version

Epub Version

Mobi Version

You can download today the PDF file. Tomorrow you will also have access to the mobi and the epub files for free!

We are really proud to publish this issue with fiction by Thomas Olde Heuvelt (Netherlands), Francesco Verso (Italy) and Manual Alves (Portugal), news (the new Around the World Column with an  ISF Alumni department by Nas Hedron), interviews (At Home in the Wasteland: The Art of Sergi Brosa  by Saul Bottcher), reviews (The Best of Philippine Speculative Fiction 2005-2010 by Sean Wright) and articles (Social Science Fiction by Hunter Liguore)!

Please download it and let us know what you think of this issue!

Good readings!

Roberto Mendes

Editor in Chief



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

Annual ISF #Anthology


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




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!


  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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ISF # 3 Free Download (pdf and e.pub)

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


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


PDF DOWNLOAD: ISF # 3 Download

ISF 2012 Annual Anthology

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


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!


ISF # 3 JANUARY 2013 



Ricardo Loureiro (Fiction Editor)


Simon Jones (Australia)

Crystal Koo (Philippines)

Gerson Lodi-Ribeiro (Brazil)

Fernando Pina (Portugal)


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


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


Sean Wright Reviews two Singaporean International Speculative Fiction Anthologies

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

Hauke Vagt (Germany)

Book Giveaway – The Apex Book of World SF 1 and 2

In Article on January 24, 2013 at 3:50 pm


Dear ISF Readers, while you wait to be able to download ISF # 3 (TOC here), the ISF – International Speculative Fiction, in cooperation with Apex Publications, is hosting a book giveaway. We will be offering one copy of The Apex Book of World SF  and one copy of The Apex Book of World SF 2, both edited by Lavie Tidhar.

In order to become eligible to win those paperbacks  you just need to answer 3 simple questions (all the information can be found here):

(i) In The Apex Book of World SF 2, editor Lavie Tidhar collects short stories by science fiction and fantasy authors from…where?

(ii) How many short stories were published in The Apex Book of World SF?

(iii) And how many were published in The Apex Book of World SF 2?


  1. Please, send an email to correiodofantastico@gmail.com.
  2. In the subject line, enter ‘Book Giveaway – The Apex Book of World SF 1 and 2‘
  3. In the email, please provide your mailing address so the books can be mailed as soon as possible. (The winning addresses are forwarded to the publisher – Apex Publications –  who will mail it to you).
  4. The giveaway will end Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 (00:00 Portugal Time).
  5. The winners will be selected at random from those who provide correct answers to all the questions. They will be notified, and announced shortly thereafter.


Euro Steam Con – Porto, Portugal

In Article, Portugal on November 20, 2012 at 12:03 pm

On the last weekend of September, the Portuguese contribution to the European Steampunk convention was held in Porto. Though it was the country’s first major steampunk event, a concept unknown to the general public in Portugal, there were still about 150 visitors between both days.

The Clockwork Portugal team has been working towards this event since February with the purpose of uniting all the small communities and draw attention to a genre that internationally has been ground or motto for a lot of activities and prized works. Imbued with a punk spirit, active and idealistic, without any institutional backup or logistic support, we slowly built from scratch a dynamic community to be the main platform to divulge steampunk and launch the Euro Steam Con (ESC) in Portugal. Meanwhile and with all this in mind, we created a website where we publish reviews of steampunk books, share related news and crowdfunding projects, interview creators and organize giveaways. We also created the “Diários Steampunk”, a webseries where we talk about steampunk related themes (p.e. the steam technology) or specific works as for example the book The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling. As the project grew, some publishers gave occasional support providing copies of steampunk inspired books for giveaways on our site (p.e. Presença, Saída de Emergência). Vogais publishing house provided the Leviathan trilogy books for our Steampunk Basket raffled during the convention. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

ISF N.º 0 – Free Download

In Article, Editorial, Ilustration, Interview, News, Short Story on June 30, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Dear ISF readers: you are now free to download our “baby” 😉

Thats right, we achieved our goal to publish the first number (number zero actually) in June. This means we had to work really hard in order to do so! But hey, we have done it! And I am proud to say it!

Now we will wait peacefully  for you to tell us what do you think of the magazine, what is great about it, what is not so great and what we really need to change! So, without further ado, download the Pdf. version (e-book version will be available in two weeks counting from today) and read it! Then get back here and leave your comments!

One thing is certain: International Speculative Fiction is here to stay!





Roberto Mendes

Editor in Chief

30 June 2012

New ISF Article: second part of “Short (Hi)Story of Romanian Speculative Fiction”

In Article on May 21, 2012 at 1:34 pm

As promised, here it is the  second part of the article by Cătălin Badea-Gheracostea called “Short (Hi)Story of Romanian Speculative Fiction”. In the second part of this article, Cătălin speaks about Dan Dobos!

This great pamphlet of Romanian Speculative Fiction was presented in Croatia, during the

Eurocon 2012, and aims to “raise awareness, to inform and to be liked”.

We will present the full pamphlet in a series of chapters, published once a week.

The Editor in Chief: Roberto Mendes


Short (Hi)Story of Romanian Speculative Fiction

told for strangers, aliens and secluded scholars


Cătălin Badea-Gheracostea


(Second Part of the Article)


A Case Study: Dan Doboş

One Breath on Manner

An attentive reader, or only just another Romanian scholar or even a Romanian cultural journalist, might say that my look over the last 20 years of Romanian speculative fiction is very partisan as it shows only writers who have their debut after 1989. It is true, the previous generations’ writers published too in the given period of time, some of them – their best books. However, I think it is important to see the new seeds of every season, so I will keep this convention: one writer will be shown with all his books in the chapter of his debut’s generation.

One of the common fears of any historian and, in this case, of a storyteller, is that the very same thing could have been (better) said using other words, examples, books, authors, all in one, using other references. Choosing of whom you are talking is a privilege, but also a curse. I would rather stay privileged, so I am going to use Dan Doboş and his books as examples of an in-depth presentation and analysis.

Dan Doboş, The Human

The „Person” or the „Man” were my first two choices, yet „The Human” sounds better to describe a speculative and science fiction writer fromRomania, in 2012.

See www.dandobos.ro, the personal site of my case study and you realise why: all of a sudden you get to know him with his family life, with his job and profession, with likes and dislikes, with a full joy of being here and now shared with the world not only by his books, but definitely supporting the creation of these books.

There is no English page, so I’ll be the guide.

The home page bears the name of the site, Dan Doboş – Digital Abode (… – sălaş digital), with an interesting choice of a photo for background – ruined walls under a scorching sun, in a desert… Above and underneath, two taskbars with six and four buttons to click for the site’s content. The page itself is a classical two asymmetrical columns space with the newest articles or opinions Dan Doboş has written balanced with the trivia links and likes a respected site should have.

Clicking on the bars is where the fun begins: above we have a „Bio”, a „Biblio”, one „DemNet”, one „Magazin”, plus one „Trilogia Abaţia” (The Abbey Trilogy) entries. This is the writer’s portal, very neat, very professional. Underneath, four buttons with a more relaxed style: “Goodies and Meanies” (“Bunătăţi şi răutăţi”), „Left Biffs” („Directe de stânga”), „Mentations and sci-fi” („Panseuri şi sefeuri”) and „I lose weight writing” („Slăbesc scriind”).

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