Herzlichen Glückwunsch, Juliana!

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

Juliana, ich weiß inzwischen, daß Du Kunstgeschichte studierst, und ich habe auch Deinen Artikel im Lenneper Gemeindebrief gelesen. Ich bin stolz, daß Du Deinen Weg mit so viel Talent und Begeisterung gehst. Es freut mich, daß Du in einem ähnlich Metier unterwegs bist wie ich, und vielleicht hast Du sogar ein wenig von meinen Neigungen und Interessen geerbt. Ich vermisse Dich und wünsche mir nichts so sehr, wie Dich irgendwann wiederzusehen. Wenn Du mich brauchst, schreib mir oder ruf mich an. Ich bin zu jeder Tages- und Nachtzeit für Dich da.

 

Electronic live music in Second Life

I’ve been invited to play electronic live music in Second Life to the opening of Asmita Duranjaya‘s installation The Oracle. The concert will be on Sunday, April 24th, beginning at 1:00 pm SLT/22:00 CET. Asmita will accompany my performance with a light and particle show.

Please note: Due to time constraints the initially planed date of April 17th had to be postponed by one week.

The sim’s landing point is at

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA10/122/112/100 .

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Reviews of essay collection

A number of mostly favorable reviews of my essay collection Reductio ad absurdum (publisher Dieter von Reeken) have been published in recent months. Here are some links:

Carsten Kuhr reviewed the book for Phantastik-News.de

Writer and Exodus co-editor Olaf Kemmler posted a review on the Exodus magazine’s website.

Christian Endres posted a comment on Die Zukunft.

A number of readers, among them Montbron, were inspired by my book to read some of the short story writers that I have analyzed in my essays, in this case David I. Masson.

A somewhat more controversial review by Thomas Harbach appeared on Amazon.de

The book was, last not least, praised in a review in phantastisch! #61.

Bulgarian translation of “Der Schattenmann”

Due to some health problems I couldn’t update my website for quite a while. It’s time to catch up with some news.

My short story “Der Schattenmann”, first published in Wolfgang Jeschke‘s anthology Das Proust-Syndrom (Heyne, 1999)  and reprinted in my collection Die letzten Tage der Ewigkeit (Wurdack, 2012), has been translated into Bulgarian by Stoyan Hristov and recently been published in the online magazine Trubadurs.

 

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.