For more than twenty years I’ve contributed numerous essays and reviews to the unique German science fiction almanac Das Science Fiction Jahr. Started in the mid-eighties and initially edited by the late Wolfgang Jeschke at Heyne – at that time one of the world’s largest science fiction publishers -, the almac has by now found a new home with renowned small publisher Golkonda.
After a hiatus of several issues I’m again involved with the project. Das Science Fiction Jahr 2016, edited by Hannes Riffel and current Heyne sf editor Sascha Mamczak, has just been published and includes my second annual critical survey of the German science fiction short story scene. Reading several thousand pages for an article of just twelve pages is quite a challenge, to say the least, but I’ve just decided that I will continue the survey in the coming years. To also incorporate German horror and fantasy short fiction, however, (as I had initially planed with Hannes Riffel) has proved to be beyond my scope.