Shutting down the year: Thanks to you all!

With the Christmas celebration of the writer group Brennende Buchstaben – a varied evening with poetry, scenic readings, comedy, art installations and live music – a long and intense year of events in the 3D world of Second Life ended. I was honored to close the evening with half an hour of electronic music, live streamed from my home studio. Below some impressions of the evening (pictures by Hydorgol).

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I wish all my friends, readers, colleagues and collaborators a merry Christmas and a good start into a happy and successful new year. A number of people deserve a special thanks for their help and support over the year: Olaf G. Hilscher, my co-editor of the German science fiction magazine Nova, for steering the magazine thru all ups and downs; Sven Klöpping for his assistance in various projects; Christian Günther for his graphic design work to promote numerous of my events; my virtual world brother-in-arms Thorsten Küper aka Kueperpunk Korhonen for a fine collaboration in many events inside and outside of the metaverse; my Second Life friends DJ Hameed and hs wife Libra, ChapTer Kronfeld; Claire DiLuna Chevalier and Asmita Duranjaya; the Mumtaz ladies Voodoo Spyker, Freya Beresford and especially ArchAngel Mint; my fellow musicians Jana Kyomoon, Torben Asp and Tony Gerner aka Cypress Rosewood; to Mantikore Verlag for the collaboration; and last not least to my cousin Martina for all her help and encouragement.

A special greeting to my daughter Juliana with all best wishes for her future.

Approaching the end of the year I finally managed to overcome a long-term writer’s block and there are reasons to hope that several projects lying idle for quite some time will be finished in the first half of the coming year, especially my novel In situ for Begedia Verlag and an extended version of my award-winning novella “Der Moloch”.

Reading at the Meisterbastler

My next reading in the virtual world of Second Life will take place on Sunday,. December 15th, 1:00 pm SLT / 22:00 CET in the new MBK-Library at the Meisterbastler sim. It’s my first participation in a planed series of science fiction readings, alternately in German and English. This time I will read one of my stories originally written in English. Thanks to Asmita Duranjaya for the invitation.

The location’s SLURL is http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/meisterbastler/29/191/35

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Impressions of a Second Life reading

German thriller writer Uwe Laub recently read sections of his novel Blow Out in a specially created setting in the Kreativdorf (creative village), the same sim in Second Life where my own project, the World Culture Hub, is located. Based on video footage by ClaireDiLuna Chevalier, my fellow writer Thorsten Küper aka Kueperpunk Korhonen created a video with impressions of this well-received event. My electronic music piece Ambient Etude 6 has been used for the soundtrack. The video can be watched on Youtube.

New translations

Small publisher Mantikore-Verlag, best known for its gamer and role playing books, recently published a new German edition of Harry Harrison’s classic Make Room! Make Room! (1966, filmed by Richard Fleischer as Soylent Green in 1973), that I co-translated and edited. For the same publisher I’ve just translated Joe Haldeman’s new novel Work for Hire.