It’s no exaggeration that Nova, the German science fiction magazine edited by Olaf G. Hilscher and me, has earned some acclaim over the more than twelve years of its publication. A number of contributions have been awarded with the Kurd Laßwitz Preis, the most prestigious German science fiction award, named after a groundbraking German science fiction pioneer and, as a professionals’ award, similar in conception to the Nebula Award.
The 2016 prize round, however, was the first time that two works from the same Nova issue were awarded. “Was geschieht dem Licht am Ende des Tunnels?” (Nova #23) by Karsten Kruschel – in my humble opinion maybe the most interesting German science fiction writer currently producing (with due respect to young turk Frank Hebben) – was awarded as best German short story of the year 2015. Dirk Berger’s cover received the prize for the best science fiction artwork.