I’ve just uploaded the following new pieces at InterNova, the international science fiction e-zine that I edit in collaboration with writers and editors from more than twenty countries:
In the fiction section:
Win Lyovarin (Thailand): The Other Side of the Black Hole
Alexander Marcos Osias (Philippines): Oplan Sanction
In the nonfiction section:
Jean-Claude Dunyach (France): The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide To French Science Fiction
For those who don’t know the magazine yet: It may be worth a look!
October will probably be my busiest month this year. As writer, musician and organizer I will be involved in a number of Second Life and reallife events the dates of which have now been fixed.
First of all I’ve settled with organizer Paul Merken aka zaphod on the dates for my participation in the science fiction week in Virtuelles Köln (Virtual Cologne) that will take place in the first week of October. On Wednesday, October 3rd, starting at 21:00 local time, I will give a streamed live concert of electronic music, directly from my home studio. On Friday, October 5th, 21:00 local time, I will read from my science fiction works.
In late October I will once again participate in live events in Thorsten Küper’s and Kirsten Riehl’s steampunk location Kafé Krümelkram, this time on two evenings during the annual cultural event Festival der Liebe. On Saturday, October 20th, 21:00 local time, I will read science fiction. On Sunday, October 21st, 21:00, I will play electronic live music. Have a look at Thorsten’s or Kirsten’s webpages for a complete schedule of the festival.
On Saturday, October 6th, I will also be, along with Udo Hösterey, the host of the Science Fiction Ladies Night in Wuppertal, a group reading presenting the works of three German female sf writers, Gabriele Behrend, Nadine Boos and Gloria Manderfeld. Further information about this event, moderated by artist and writer Anne Fitsch from Wuppertal, wil be posted here soon.
Between 2002 and 2006 three of my novellas have won the Deutsche Science Fiction Preis (German Science Fiction Award) as best German sf short fiction of the year. All three tales – “Wege ins Licht” (2002), “Ich fürchte kein Unglück” (2004) and “Psyhack” (2006, later extended into a novel) – will soon be reprinted in a massive anthology of all winner stories of this award. The book Die Stille nach dem Ton is edited by Ralf Boldt and Wolfgang Jeschke and will be published in the AndroSF series of p.machinery. I’m honoured to see my works republished along with those of some of my favourite German sf writers, among them Frank W. Haubold, Marcus Hammerschmitt, Michael Marrak and Norbert Stöbe.
As Paul Merken recently wrote me the science fiction week in the Second Life sim Virtuelles Köln that was initially scheduled for June and had to be cancelled due to an unexpected hospital stay of the organizer will take place in October. I’m again invited for a reading and an electronic music life gig. I’ll let you know the dates of my two events as soon as the details have been settled.
In recent weeks a number of reviews of my first story collection Die letzten Tage der Ewigkeit, published by Wurdack Verlag, have been posted online, all of them very favourable. An extensive review by Thomas Nussbaum is available at the German sf review site Phantastik Couch. Another in-depth review can be found on the website of the Austrian newspaper Der Standard. Shorter but equally positive comments are by Achmed Khammas, Alfred Kruse and an Amazon reviewer.