No less than four works from the anniversary issue 20 of the German sf magazine Nova that I edit with Olaf G. Hilscher have been nominated for the Kurd Laßwitz Preis, the most important German science fiction prize. Apart from the stories by Karstel Kruschel, Thorsten Küper and Michael Marrak cover illustrator Timo Kümmel has been nominated for his first work for Nova. Matthias Falke’s story “Der Bruch der nordwestlichen Stelze” from Nova 19 and my own novella “Zur Feier meines Todes” (included in my collection Die letzten Tage der Ewigkeit) are also nominated in the category best story of the year.
After all my previous novellas have won German sf awards I don’t expect too much this time, especially considering some very strong stories by my Nova fellows. But who knows –
After moving to a new place – with thousands of books and stacks of unsorted papers a mess of biblical proportion that I don’t intend to repeat in this life – I’m back at work and it’s time to catch up with what has been left undone and to update my homepage.
At the Dortcon in March – one of the largest science fiction conventions in Germany – editors Frank Hebben and André Skora introduced their anthology Fieberglasträume (sic!), published by Begedia Verlag, a selection of new cyberpunk stories by well and lesser known German writers, illustrated by German sf artists. I’m included with my short story “Der Sturz” and I’ve also translated the foreword by Rob Boyle. One of the highlights of the book – and one of the best German sf stories of recent years – is surely “Demeters Garten” by my regular brother-in-arms Thorsten Küper.
A first review of the book can be found here.