Essay collection published

My publisher Dieter von Reeken just announced the publication of my new book Reductio ad absurdum – Acht Essays zur Short Science Fiction. It’s a collection of essay originally published between 1993 and 2012 and includes, apart from a preface by Horst Pukallus and a programmatic statement about the status and meaning of sf short fiction, extensive critical analyses of major science fiction short story writers, David I. Masson, Carter Scholz, Greg Egan, J.G. Ballard, Philip K. Dick, Theodore Sturgeon, and Lucius Shepard. Parts of the essays have been reworked and updated for the reprint. The book can be ordered here.

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Statement on the state of science fiction online

On the Penta-Con in Dresden I’ve delivered a statement on the current state of science fiction. My thesis is that techniques and themes of science fiction are becoming more and more part of mainstream literature and that science fiction as a genre is in danger of becoming obsolete.

deutsche-science-fiction.de, one of the leading sites on German science fiction writing, edited by Sven Klöpping and Uwe Post, has just republished my statement online. It can be read here.

New event in the World Culture Hub

The next event in my international cultural center in Second Life, the World Culture Hub, will be in English language and take place on Saturday, September 26th, 2:00 pm SLT/23:00 central European time.

For the second time I’ve invited the geishas of the Little Yoshiwara, one of the best and longest-running Japanese sims in SL, for an hour of Japanese dance, music and storytelling, this time with stories from the classical work Tales of Times Past (Konjaku Monogatarishu).

The location is at

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Toivo/11/112/22 

Times-Past

Next event in the World Culture Hub

The next event in my international cultural center in Second Life, the World Culture Hub, will be in English language and take place on Saturday, August 29th, 2:00 pm SLT/23:00 central European time. This time I have invited the geishas of the Little Yoshiwara, one of the best and longest-running Japanese sims in SL, to an hour of Japanese dance, music and storytelling with excerpts from the classical work Tale of the Heike.

The location is at

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Toivo/11/112/22 

Tale-Heike

Guest of honor at 9th Penta-Con in Dresden

The Penta-Con in Dresden is one of the most distinguished and ambitious science fiction conventions in Germany. I’m honored to be invited as one of this year’s guests of honor, along with Erik Simon and Angela and Karlheinz Steinmüller, to the 9th Penta-Con that takes place from Friday, September 11th to Sunday, September 13th. The main topic of the convention will be the intensified relations between science fiction and mainstream literature. I’ve contributed a programmatic statement about this development to the convention’s special issue of the fanzine TERRAsse.

For some closer information look here, for an detailed event program here.