Tor online – the website complementing the new science fiction series established in collaboration between German publisher Fischer and the American Tor Books – has just republished my story “Das Netz der Geächteten”, recently announced as the winner of the Deutscher Science Fiction Preis (German Science Fiction Award) 2017 as best German science fiction story of the year.
Over the last two years I have recommended a number of outstanding German science fiction stories to the editorial team of Tor online and it’s the first time now that I’m honored to see one of my own works featured on the site.
Some of my readers may already have heard the news: My story “Das Netz der Geächteten” from the anthology Gamer (Begedia), edited by André Skora, Armin Rößler and Frank Hebben, will be awarded with the Deutscher Science Fiction Preis (German Science Fiction Award) 2017 as the best German science fiction story of the year. It’s my fifth win of this award since 2002 and surely, at least for me, the most suprising one, considering that quite a number of good stories have been published in 2016, especially in the Gamer anthology. The first time winner in the novel category is Dirk van den Boom for Die Welten der Skiir 1: Prinzipat (Cross Cult).
The award ceremony is on June 16th at the Eurocon in Dortmund which brings me – after all the recent discussions – into a rather peculiar situation. Under these circumstances, however, I have to set aside my objections and will not refrain from showing up. Apart from the award ceremony I have been persuaded by publisher Harald Giersche to come and help promoting a story collection by my old fellow and guest of honour Aleksandar Ziljak from Croatia that I translated into German, in collaboration with Tommi Brem.
Wegen einer Unpäßlichkeit kommt es leider um einen Tag verspätet, dennoch ist mir nichts wichtiger als dies:
Ich möchte meiner Tochter Juliana hiermit zu ihrem 26sten Geburtstag gratulieren. Ich wünsche Dir weiterhin viel Erfolg auf Deinem Weg und bin zuversichtlich, daß Du vieles, wenn nicht alles besser machen wirst als ich. Du bist eine tolle junge Frau geworden, und wenn ich je auf etwas stolz sein konnte, an dem ich beteiligt war, dann auf Dich.
An addition to my last posting: my story “Das Netz der Geächteten” has now also been nominated for the Kurd Laßwitz Preis, the most prestigious German science fiction award, bestowed by the science fiction professionals of Germany, Austria and Swiss. I have won this price for my stories twice before, in 2008 for “Der Moloch” and in 2011 for “Der Moloch”.
Issue #54 of he German science fiction podcast Schriftsonar included a lengthy review of the anthology Gamer (Begedia), edited by André Skora, Armin Rößler and Frank Hebben. Beside the stories by Thorsten Kueper and by Uwe Post my own contribution “Das Netz der Geächteten” was very favorably reviewed. Even a section of the story was read.
After good reviews and a nomination for the Deutscher Science Fiction Preis (German Science Fiction Award) 2017 there’s another reason for me to be astonished about the recognition of a story that I initially regarded as one of my mediocre efforts. More about that soon.
My story “Das Netz der Geächteten”, included in the anthology Gamer (Begedia), edited by André Skora, Armin Rößler and Frank Hebben, has been, rather suprisingly for me, nominated for the Deutscher Science Fiction Preis (German Science Fiction Award) 2017 as best short story of the year. In the past I have won this award four times but so far exclusively for my novellas which are generally considered as my best works. This year’s nominations both in the story and the novel category can be read here.
The story was written at a time when I was still struggeling to get back into writing and I have to admit that I stretched the patience of the three editors to its limit. In the end I was glad that I could submit something to the Gamer anthology at all and regarded the story of one of my mediocre efforts. The story received some favorable reviews and as the nomination shows it may be better than I initially thought.
Christian Dörge, editor of Apex-Verlag, has convinced me to give him permission for a reissue of my first novel Rubikon (initially published by Ullstein in 1984) as an e-book and print on demand. I started this book when I was twenty and – despite some scenes and ideas still interesting today – I think the reader can clearly see that it’s a beginner’s work. I was suprised to note that quite a number of readers seem to remember the novel and asked for a reissue.
Rubikon is going to be published in March. Below the cover by Christian Dörge who is not only an engaged publisher but also a fine graphic artist.