Posts Tagged ‘Portugal’

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 »


New ISF Fiction Editor – Ricardo Loureiro (Portugal)

In News on June 13, 2012 at 11:20 pm

The ISF proudly presents Ricardo Loureiro as its new Fiction Editor.

Ricardo’s work (Editor of two Science Fiction Fanzines in Portugal) inspired me to create my own portuguese fanzine three years ago, and now I am really excited to be able to work with him in order to develope ISF.

So do read the text that Ricardo prepared for all of us and get to know him a little better.

Welcome to ISF Ricardo!

Roberto Mendes

Editor in Chief


So, a phone call later and I was left with the dreaded mission of writing a bio and, worse, pick a photo of me.

Well, I wouldn’t go so far as saying that along with watching paint dry and grass grow that may well be the most boring stuff anyone could ask of me but it surely it’s not far away from being that.

Usually I take out my satirical hat and promptly make something up along the lines of being someone up to no good. Strangely for this project I felt that was not the right aproach and after a lot of brainstorming with me and myself I came up with the solution. Incredibly I decided to play it safe and, for once, tell the truth. Or at least as near to the truth as anyone will ever get from me. So, without further ado here it is.

Born in the year of the Monkey, anyone who knows me can surely atest to the fact that from all the animals monkey is the most suitable to describe me. Always swinging from tree to tree, always looking for another prank, always making fun of everything and making a habit of taking everything in superficially as possible.

Well that describes me. As much as the iceberg we see above the waters describes the real iceberg beneath those same waters.

Because, you see, being a cynical, satirical, incredibly nauseating son of a bitch is only a third of what I am. The other two thirds you’ll have to discover through my work and what better place to judge it than right here at ISF?

So now that we cleared this up let me tell you why I chose to be a part of this team. It all boils down to three words that together mean more than the sum of their parts: International, Science and Fiction. Alone they mean something or other. Put together they mean everything that science fiction means to me ever since I read (and reread, and reread to the point of commiting to heart whole lines) Galactic Patrol from the father of them all Edward Elmer Smith in a very distant, very hazy summer at Sesimbra, a small fishing village in Portugal. Because, you see, those worlds, those brave new worlds, were always and by definition truly international. No frontiers, no boundaries, no political impositions, really, truly inter nations. Everyone and everything under one banner, united through merit, inteligence and a will to triumph and progress. Little did I know then that I was following the credo of one Gene Roddenberry, better known to the common man as the creator of Star Trek. Read the rest of this entry »

Third ISF Short Story – Regina Catarino (Portugal)

In Short Story on May 14, 2012 at 8:48 am

The first piece of fiction presented today is “Space Oddity” featuring Portuguese short fiction writer Regina Catarino. “Space Oddity” was first published in Portuguese in the first number of a magazine that I edited called “Conto Fantástico” and was a success in the opinion of Portuguese readers and reviewers of the magazine. As the title already reveals, it is a story influenced by David Bowie’s music.

I really like Regina’s ability to tell great stories using only a  small amount of words.

Today we will also publish a short story  by Aliette de Bodard, another one of my favorite writers of the moment!

The Editor In Chief:

Roberto Mendes


Regina Catarino (Portugal)

The countdown begins.

I am strapped to my seat, waiting for lift-off. I wonder what you’re doing now?

A few seconds later, the brutal acceleration smashes me against my seat. How many G’s? I really don’t know.

I’m leaving without knowing very well if or how will I return. This is an old ship, repaired at the last minute for this urgent mission with isolating panels, fixed way too quick and carelessly. I would almost bet they used staples and duct tape instead of the proper titanium alloy rivets that were supposed to – that would have taken a lot more hours than those actually spent.

I wasn’t supposed to be here. My shift had already ended but the other pilot had the flu. For once, they really needed me. And I could never say no to a request for help.


Time slides silently. I hum a song which name I cannot remember while I perform routine tasks. All seems to be going well. For now, at least.


I’ve dropped the satellite in the right orbit and I’m now delivering the supplies to the Space Station. Those folks sound really anxious for whatever I’m bringing. They seemed very happy to see me arriving at the docking station.


Hmm.  An alarm on the console. I was expecting that… I turn off the audio and nothing’s left but an orange light blinking sadly, in an almost frustrated manner.


Finished unloading. The space station astronauts hugged me gratefully and rushed in to open the containers. I wonder what was in it? Food? Books? Music? I have no idea. Time to go back, now.


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3rd Short Story – Regina Catarino

Digital Art Painting Process

In Ilustration, Portugal on May 3, 2012 at 9:55 am

In our fist illustration post you could see the Lisbon 25th of April Bridge in the year 2220 (by German illustrator Hauke Vagt).

How awesome do you thought it was?

Pretty awesome I bet!

Here are the various “stages” of Hauke’s work:

You can click on the image and zoom in to better see the details.

Hauke Vagt sites:



Portugal in the Year 2220 – 25th of April Bridge!

In Ilustration, Portugal on April 30, 2012 at 11:27 am

The International Speculative Fiction isn’t made only of words!

I could not resist to show every one of you the magnificent illustration made by my friend Hauke Vagt (German Illustrator) to the presentation of Dagon (a Portuguese fanzine that I edit).

Do you want to know what the most amazing thing about this illustration is? It is actually Lisbon, in the year 2220. The bridge that you see is the Portuguese 25th of April Bridge when you look up from Alcântara (parish of Lisbon). The level of detail of the illustration is just astonishing, you can actually see, if you zoom in, the number of the flying vehicle (a Portuguese famous “Eléctrico”).

In that future Lisbon vending machines they are selling copies of “Dagon” and “Conto Fantástico” (the two magazines/fanzines that I created and edit).

What do you think of the illustration?