Fabylon Verlag has just published my new novel Der Moloch, based on my novella of the same title that was awarded the Kurd Laßwitz Preis for the best German science fiction story in 2008.
It has been a long way to see this book finally published. My health problems postponed its completion by almost two years. Its publication was further delayed by the heavy workload of my publisher and valued fellow writer Uschi Zietsch that left her little time for her publishing work. I hope the book will prove worth the effort. It continues my line of stories and novels set in a dystopic Germany of the near future.
The cover was created by renowned German science fiction artist Timo Kümmel.
Lindenstruth Verlag has just published issue #119 of Franz Rottensteiner’s renowned critical science fiction and phantastics magazine Quarber Merkur. It includes my essay on Alice Sheldon’s aka James Tiptree, jr.’s short fiction, “Determiniertheit und Ekstase. Verborgene Motive in den Kurzgeschichten von James Tiptree, jr.”.
Reading almost all of Tiptree’s short stories in the order of publication and thus tracking the development of one of the greatest writers in the history of science fiction has been, for me as passionate short fiction reader and writer, a humbling and enlightening experience. Some of her stories – such as “Her Smoke Rose Up Forever” or “The Girl Who Was Plugged In” – are of such an artistry and originality that I regard them as the Holy Grail of science fiction story writing – a challenge to further develop my own craft and maybe once in my life write a story on a similar level.
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.
Linden Lab has recently significantly reduced the land prices in Second Life which made it possible to extend the Second Life branch of my international cultural project, the World Culture Hub, to a quarter sim. On Friday, July 13th we will celebrate the re-opening of the Hub at new location. You are warmly invited to join us for a colorful evening with dance and live music events, a perfect occasion to get to know the World Culture Hub and its sideline project, The Turing Galaxy. I myself will contribute an hour of electronic live music and a surprise guest will join me with a special effect show.
Here’s the program including all the landing points:
The World Culture Hub, my international Web-based culture project, is slowly gaining momentum. Its first reallife event is fixed: the Science Fiction Ladies Night in Wuppertal/Germany on Wednesday, July 4th, a group reading of three contemporary German female science fiction writers. Here’s the announcement in German:
2012 fand in Wuppertal die erste Science Fiction Ladies Night statt. Drei zeitgenössische deutsche Science-Fiction-Autorinnen – Gabriele Behrend, Nadine Boos und Gloria Manderfeld – lasen aus ihrem Werk und bewiesen, was Insider schon lange wußten: Die Science Fiction ist längst kein Genre pubertierender, technophiler Männer mehr, sondern wurde durch das Schaffen von Frauen literarisch enorm vorangebracht. Auch die kleine, aber sehr rege deutsche Science-Fiction- und Phantastik-Szene ist ohne die Beiträge ihrer Autorinnen nicht denkbar. Continue reading
Ich möchte auf diesem Wege meiner Tochter Juliana zu ihrem 27sten Geburtstag gratulieren.
Leider habe ich keine aktuellen Informationen, was Du heute machst. Ich hoffe immer noch, daß ich mir irgendwann einen persönlichen Eindruck machen kann, was aus Dir geworden ist. Welchen Weg Du auch immer eingeschlagen hast, es gibt ganz sicher Anlaß, auf Dich stolz zu sein. Ich wünsche Dir von Herzen alles Gute für Dein weiteres Leben.