Asmita Duranjaya is a prolific virtual artist that I have collaborated with numerous time. She has invited me to play two tracks of electronic live music during the next of her monthly Fracticularium events in Second Life, inventive live animations using fractal patterns and images.
My gig will be on Monday, March 25th, starting at 1:00 pm Second Life time / 22:00 CET. The landing point is here.
My fellow writer Thorsten Küper has organized a virtual protest event against the planed revision of the European copyright law that would result in significant restrains of the free Internet. I have been invited to contribute half an hour of electronic live music.
The event will take place in the 3d Internet world of Second Life on Sunday, March 24th, beginning at 20:00 CET. The landing point for my gig is here.
Horst Pukallus, one of the best writers and translators in German postwar science fiction, has supported me for many years and I would be nothing today without what I was honoured to learn from him. In 1989 we published our collaborate novel Hinter den Mauern der Zeit, a science fiction thriller and tribute to Philip K. Dick inspired by rumors that Dick had feigned his death in 1982 to live in hiding. Apex Verlag has just republished the novel in print and as e-book.
My first novel Rubikon, a first contact story with philosophical accents, was first published in 1984 when I was 22 thanks to the support of my editor and later collaborator Ronald M. Hahn. Self-critical as we writers are I regard only a few parts of it as interesting today. It has thus suprised me that the book seems to have left an impression on some readers, among them my friend Christian Dörge who has just republished the novel as paperback and e-book at Apex Verlag.
p.machinery has just published issue #27 of Nova, a magazine for contemporary German science fiction short stories founded by Ronald M. Hahn, Helmuth W. Mommers and me in 2002 and today edited by Michael Haitel and me.
This time it’s a themed issue based on an idea by our former co-editor Frank Hebben. We invited a number of writers to submit modern utopias or at least stories with an optimistic future outlook. As we had hope they all found unusual modern approaches to what may seem as an outdated subgenre of the fantastic. None of their stories presents a smooth portrait of an ideal society. They instead either depict the downsides of working, but not perfect social orders or they discover utopian prospects in otherwise dark dystopic settings.
The issue includes new stories by Dirk Alt, Marcus Hammerschmitt, Frank W. Haubold, Frank Hebben, Martin Mächler, Frank Neugebauer, Barbara Ostrop, Tobias Reckermann and Thomas Sieber, a translated guest story by C. Stuart Hardwick (USA) and insightful essays by Andreas Heyer and Horst Illmer.
Fabylon Verlag has just published my new novel Der Moloch, based on my novella of the same title that was awarded the Kurd Laßwitz Preis for the best German science fiction story in 2008.
It has been a long way to see this book finally published. My health problems postponed its completion by almost two years. Its publication was further delayed by the heavy workload of my publisher and valued fellow writer Uschi Zietsch that left her little time for her publishing work. I hope the book will prove worth the effort. It continues my line of stories and novels set in a dystopic Germany of the near future.
The cover was created by renowned German science fiction artist Timo Kümmel.
Lindenstruth Verlag has just published issue #119 of Franz Rottensteiner’s renowned critical science fiction and phantastics magazine Quarber Merkur. It includes my essay on Alice Sheldon’s aka James Tiptree, jr.’s short fiction, “Determiniertheit und Ekstase. Verborgene Motive in den Kurzgeschichten von James Tiptree, jr.”.
Reading almost all of Tiptree’s short stories in the order of publication and thus tracking the development of one of the greatest writers in the history of science fiction has been, for me as passionate short fiction reader and writer, a humbling and enlightening experience. Some of her stories – such as “Her Smoke Rose Up Forever” or “The Girl Who Was Plugged In” – are of such an artistry and originality that I regard them as the Holy Grail of science fiction story writing – a challenge to further develop my own craft and maybe once in my life write a story on a similar level.