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Archive for July, 2012

Anil Menon and Vandana Singh in Conversation

At ReaderCon I was able to sit down with Anil Menon and Vandana Singh, co-editors of the recent Breaking the Bow: Speculative Fiction Inspired by the Ramayana. While I wish we’d had longer to talk, we covered topics such as early Indian science fiction, the domestication of technology, and disregard for genre boundaries.

J. C. Bose and other Indian SF

Vandana Singh is an author (Distances) and also a PhD Physicist. I would like to see an English translation of a story that is among the first science fiction stories from India. It is called Niruddesher Kahini and it was published in Bengali in 1896 by the scientist and polymath Jagadish Chandra Bose. I can […]

The Virgin Fish of Babhughat

Anil Menon is an author (The Beast with Nine Billion Feet) and an editor. Lokenath Bhattacharya’s novel The Virgin Fish of Babhughat (1972) belongs to the family of dystopic visions that acquired its characteristic and possibly definitive form in the works of Yevgeny Zamyatin, George Orwell and Aldous Huxley. As in We (1921), Nineteen Eighty-four […]

Angélica Gorodischer and David Soares

Larry Nolen is a reviewer and translator. It is difficult to select two suitable stories out of the hundreds, if not thousands, of translated and non-translated SF/F stories over the years. It would be a cop-out to choose an extremely well-known writer, such as Jorge Luis Borges or Julio Cortázar, whose fame crosses several genre […]

Kontakt, An Anthology of Croatian SF

Cheryl Morgan is a critic and editor. For the 1995 Worldcon in Glasgow a group of local writers got together to do some mutual PR. They produced Shipbuilding, an anthology of speculative fiction by Scottish writers. It was a good idea, and amongst the people to copy it were some fans and writers from Croatia. […]

Doris Lessing’s Shikasta

Fabio Fernandes is a writer, translator, and editor. The first time I became aware that science fiction could be something more than just adventure – in fact, that it should be much more than just adventure – was when I read Doris Lessing’s Shikasta. It was 1980, I was fourteen years old, and I begged […]

The big reveal

The time has come to reveal the #scratchstory. The panel has assembled – but we are stymied by the want of a cord. Cassidy thanks us all for being a part of this whole process. We’re going to start with the cover art. Moyer: I asked what the story was called and I was told […]

once more into the breach, dear friends

And, lo, we are back. Session Two of #scratchstory is about to begin. Me, to Michael Swanwick: If you guys could speak more slowly today, that would be awesome. Swanwick, to me: Not possible. We’re all in this together, kids. At 3 p.m., Moyers will be trying to make a cover in Maine (the room, […]

And so it begins.

And, so, the panel has assembled. Cassidy asks if there is a photographer in the room. Gets no takers. “I have no idea what’s going to happen,” Cassidy says. Bear and Cassidy tell the story of Veronique is Visiting from Paris. It’s a story of time travel, dimensional drift and tea. Cassidy pulls out props. […]

Watch this space.

Hello from Readercon! Wish you were here. But since you aren’t — or are and want to add another layer to your con experience by reading a blog (I won’t judge) — I’m going to do my best to bring a Readercon panel series right to your screen by liveblogging an experiment in storytelling that […]

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