Progress with the World Culture Hub

logo_worldculturehubWhen I finally managed to recover from years of severe depressions around this time last year, I set out to extend my ambitious cultural project, the World Culture Hub – initially started as museum, event location and library in the 3d Internet world of Second Life -, into a Web based ressource that was also meant to be a kind of brand name for a number of projects that I have started or conceived over the years, especially the German science fiction magazine Nova.

There has not been much activity on the website itself recently. I’m in the process of posting some belated news updates. Behind the curtains, however, work has been going on. I have maintained and extended our Second Life installation (which can be visited here) and in collaboration with my fellow writers Michael Steinmann, Wilfried Bienek and Horst Pukallus I plan the founding of two clubs or societies that in mutual collaboration will, among others, serve to found and run the World Culture Hub. The foundation meeting is planed to take place in early November in Essen, Germany.

Have a look at our website for further news. You may notice that the design has recently been changed to a more modern, reactive WordPress theme.



Nova 26 published

A significant amount of my time and effort within the last eight months went into consolidating the German science fiction magazine Nova that I founded with Ronald M. Hahn and Helmuth W. Mommers in 2002. After problems with our previous publisher and the resignation of longtime co-editor Olaf G. Hilscher I was faced with the challenge to build up a new editorial team and to organize the change to a new publisher. Michael Haitel, head of the well-known German small publisher p.machinery, stepped in as the new publisher and also as my new co-editor. One by one a number of engaged editorial helpers joined the team while I remain responsible for selecting the stories. Thomas Sieber is the new nonfiction editor. Dirk Alt will act as our main proofreader – both have already proofed themselves as capable writers in their own right. Christian Steinbacher, well experienced in science fiction fandom activities, is responsible for selection cover graphics and inside illustrations.

To prove to our readers and writers that there’s a fresh wind blowing at Nova, the new team was eager to publish the first issue at p.machinery as soon as possible. Nova 26, the result of our efforts, was recently published and includes new stories by Moritz Greenman, Marc Späni, Thorsten Küper, Michael K. Iwoleit, Michael Friebel, Bernhard Kempen and Klaus Berger-Schwab. Some of the issue’s highlights are to be found in the nonfiction section: apart from an interview with Prof. Harald Lesch, one of the best-known popularizers of natural sciences in Germany, it especially features appreciations of the recently deceased American science fiction monument Ursula K. Le Guin and an essay by Le Guin herself.


Introducing the World Culture Hub in Second Life – A night of music, dance & art

Linden Lab has recently significantly reduced the land prices in Second Life which made it possible to extend the Second Life branch of my international cultural project, the World Culture Hub, to a quarter sim. On Friday, July 13th we will celebrate the re-opening of the Hub at new location. You are warmly invited to join us for a colorful evening with dance and live music events, a perfect occasion to get to know the World Culture Hub and its sideline project, The Turing Galaxy. I myself will contribute an hour of electronic live music and a surprise guest will join me with a special effect show.

Here’s the program including all the landing points:

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Science Fiction Ladies Night in Wuppertal

plakat_sf_ladiesnight_2018_low-resolutionThe World Culture Hub, my international Web-based culture project, is slowly gaining momentum. Its first reallife event is fixed: the Science Fiction Ladies Night in Wuppertal/Germany on Wednesday, July 4th, a group reading of three contemporary German female science fiction writers. Here’s the announcement in German:

2012 fand in Wuppertal die erste Science Fiction Ladies Night statt. Drei zeitgenössische deutsche Science-Fiction-Autorinnen – Gabriele Behrend, Nadine Boos und Gloria Manderfeld – lasen aus ihrem Werk und bewiesen, was Insider schon lange wußten: Die Science Fiction ist längst kein Genre pubertierender, technophiler Männer mehr, sondern wurde durch das Schaffen von Frauen literarisch enorm vorangebracht. Auch die kleine, aber sehr rege deutsche Science-Fiction- und Phantastik-Szene ist ohne die Beiträge ihrer Autorinnen nicht denkbar. Continue reading

Herzlichen Glückwunsch, Juliana

Ich möchte auf diesem Wege meiner Tochter Juliana zu ihrem 27sten Geburtstag gratulieren.

Leider habe ich keine aktuellen Informationen, was Du heute machst. Ich hoffe immer noch, daß ich mir irgendwann einen persönlichen Eindruck machen kann, was aus Dir geworden ist. Welchen Weg Du auch immer eingeschlagen hast, es gibt ganz sicher Anlaß, auf Dich stolz zu sein. Ich wünsche Dir von Herzen alles Gute für Dein weiteres Leben.


Nova 25 available

Nova is a print magazine for contemporary German language science fiction that I  founded with Ronald M. Hahn and Helmuth W. Mommers in 2002 and recently edited with Olaf G. Hilscher. It has gained some recognition and a steady readership over the years and published a number of the best and some award-winning German sf stories of the last fifteen years. The magazine, however, has been going through a crisis, to a large degree due to my health problems that have kept me from doing my part of the editorial work in time. On top of that, my co-editor Olaf has announced that he will have to adandon his post due to personal and professional reasons and will only be occassionally available as an editorial helper. I’m thus in the process of reorganizing the editorial team, in the hope that Nova can soon be published twice a year again. One major step was that I could convince aspiring writer Thomas Sieber to become our new nonfiction editor.

Nova 25, the issue that suffered most from the delays, has finally been completed and includes new stories by Dirk Alt, Marcus Hammerschmitt, Sven Klöpping, Hans Lammersen, Horst Pukallus, Thomas Sieber, Michael Schmidt, Norbert Stöbe, Wolf Welling, Tobias Reckermann, C.M. Dyrnberg and Heidrun Jänchen, also a translated story by Argentinian guest writer Gustavo Bondoni and an essay on smart cities by Dominik Irtenkauf. Christopher Priest has contributed a personal memoir of the late Brian W. Aldiss.

Publisher Amrun has announced that the issue will be in print shortly. It can be ordered here.


All the best for 2018

I know it’s a little belated but I don’t want to miss wishing my readers, listeners, friends and fellows all the best for a happy, healthy and successful new year 2018.

There’s a number of people I have to thank for their help and support in 2017: Wilfried Bienek, Olaf Kemmler, Horst Pukallus and Michael Steinmann for their company and all the lively and funny discussions during our regular meetings in Wuppertal; Tomas Juriga for being a competent adviser for all matters related to Internet and information technology; my publishers Christian Dörge of Apex, Harald Giersche of Begedia and Uschi Zietsch of Fabylon; my Nova co-editor Olaf G. Hilscher and our publisher Jürgen Eglseer of Amrun and of course our new editorial helpers Thomas Sieber and D.A. and all our writers and contributors; my Second Life fellows Thorsten Küper aka Kueperpunk Korhonen, Barbara Lange aka Moewe Winkler, Asmita Duranjaya and my charming assistant Sol Eterno; and not the least my cousin and roommate Martina for sharing the loads of daily life.

I also wish my daughter Juliana all hapiness in the world and good luck for the continuation of her academic education. I’m confident that you will make your way and I’ll wait patiently for the day when I will meet you again.