When I finally managed to recover from years of severe depressions around this time last year, I set out to extend my ambitious cultural project, the World Culture Hub – initially started as museum, event location and library in the 3d Internet world of Second Life -, into a Web based ressource that was also meant to be a kind of brand name for a number of projects that I have started or conceived over the years, especially the German science fiction magazine Nova.
There has not been much activity on the website itself recently. I’m in the process of posting some belated news updates. Behind the curtains, however, work has been going on. I have maintained and extended our Second Life installation (which can be visited here) and in collaboration with my fellow writers Michael Steinmann, Wilfried Bienek and Horst Pukallus I plan the founding of two clubs or societies that in mutual collaboration will, among others, serve to found and run the World Culture Hub. The foundation meeting is planed to take place in early November in Essen, Germany.
Have a look at our website for further news. You may notice that the design has recently been changed to a more modern, reactive WordPress theme.
A significant amount of my time and effort within the last eight months went into consolidating the German science fiction magazine Nova that I founded with Ronald M. Hahn and Helmuth W. Mommers in 2002. After problems with our previous publisher and the resignation of longtime co-editor Olaf G. Hilscher I was faced with the challenge to build up a new editorial team and to organize the change to a new publisher. Michael Haitel, head of the well-known German small publisher p.machinery, stepped in as the new publisher and also as my new co-editor. One by one a number of engaged editorial helpers joined the team while I remain responsible for selecting the stories. Thomas Sieber is the new nonfiction editor. Dirk Alt will act as our main proofreader – both have already proofed themselves as capable writers in their own right. Christian Steinbacher, well experienced in science fiction fandom activities, is responsible for selection cover graphics and inside illustrations.
To prove to our readers and writers that there’s a fresh wind blowing at Nova, the new team was eager to publish the first issue at p.machinery as soon as possible. Nova 26, the result of our efforts, was recently published and includes new stories by Moritz Greenman, Marc Späni, Thorsten Küper, Michael K. Iwoleit, Michael Friebel, Bernhard Kempen and Klaus Berger-Schwab. Some of the issue’s highlights are to be found in the nonfiction section: apart from an interview with Prof. Harald Lesch, one of the best-known popularizers of natural sciences in Germany, it especially features appreciations of the recently deceased American science fiction monument Ursula K. Le Guin and an essay by Le Guin herself.