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Out of this World: International Science Fiction
The December Issue
This month we're traveling in the world of science fiction. From nineteenth-century Pakistan to twenty-first century Russia, authors rocket through time and space to explore worlds uncharted yet oddly familiar. Replicants and aliens, spaceships and shapeshifters are all in play; the future mirrors the present, and the intelligence is anything but artificial. Lift off with Stanisław Lem, Tomasz Kołodziejczak, Olga Slavnikova, Zoran Zivković, Hiroshi Yamamoto, Machado de Assis, Liu Cixin, Pablo A. Castro, and Muhammad Husain Jah, and prepare to be launched into the fantastic.
From Man from Mars
In Stanisław Lem's first novel, New York is an alien place
Translated by Peter Swirski
The street sizzled. The clatter of skytrains, the car horns, the rattle of speeding trolleys, the twitter of traffic lights and the massive hubbub of human voices, all seethed in dark blue air, sliced into smithereens by columns of light of all colors and shades. more>>>
Balloon to Solaris
Tomasz Kołodziejczak provides an overview of the legacy of Lem
Translated by Stanley Bill
Polish speculative fiction has been developing for over two hundred years, although it was only sixty years ago that science fiction began to be treated as a separate segment of the publishing market, with its own publishing series, authors, and critical apparatus. more>>>
One hundred years after the revolution, Olga Slavnikova's Russians hunt rubies and dodge spirits
Translated by Marian Schwartz
Suddenly Anfilogov imagined the sound changed, as if the river had turned around. Simultaneously he noticed next to the first prospecting pit, which the rock hounds had long since abandoned due to the meagerness of the find, a woman's silhouette as if through tissue paper.more>>>
Zoran Zivković's psychiatrist recovers a patient's memory
Translated by Alice Copple Tosić
"I saw your past all the way up to your arrival at the sanatorium. It's clearly registered on the backup copy." more>>>
From The Stories of Ibis
Hiroshi Yamamoto on role-playing gone awry
Translated by Takami Nieda
"The Celestial is both the name of the club and the name of this starship here. The members of the club are all crewmembers aboard the ship. We all call each other by our character names."more>>>
A Visit from Alcibiades
Machado de Assis's "spiritist" calls forth the illustrious Athenian
Translated by Clifford E. Landers
The form spoke, and spoke perfect Attic Greek. It was he, there could be no doubt that it was he himself, a man dead for twenty centuries, restored to life. more>>>
From Ball Lightning
Liu Cixin's fourteen-year-old sees his parents turned to ash
Translated by Joel Martinsen
The storm that night made it seem as if the whole universe held nothing but the rapid flashes of lightning and our small room. Electric blue bursts froze the rain into solid drops for an instant, forming dense strings of glittering crystals suspended between heaven and earth. more>>>
From Key of Passage
Tomasz Kołodziejczakpaints a future Poland taken over by elves
Translated by Michael Kandel
The elves' taste could have been better. When they took over Warsaw, they fell in love with the Palace of Culture, Stalin's dreadful gift to the city. more>>>
Pablo A. Castroon the final replication of life
Translated by Andrea Bell
I'm not talking about virtual projections, or those VR machines from last century's B-movies. I'm talking about creating a totally new entity, an exact copy of the person, living just as if he or she were alive. more>>>
From Pakistan, Muhammad Husain Jah presents the world's first magical fantasy epic
Translated by Musharraf Ali Farooqi
We are told that in the bottom of the untold past a group of sorcerers met to create a magical world or tilism by using occult sciences to infuse inanimate matter with the spirits of planetary and cosmic forces. more>>>
Field of Honour
by Max Aub
Translated from the Spanish by Gerald Martin
Reviewed by Jonathan Blitzer
Field of Honour is a novel of relentless descriptions and namings; its scenes are dense with words." more>>>
by Grigoris Balakian
Translated from the Armenian by Peter Balakian with Aris Sevag
Reviewed by Mythili G. Rao
On April 24, 1915, some 250 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders were arrested in Constantinople. more>>>
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