For those of you who are curious about the kind of genre fiction that is being written in the non-English-speaking world, The SFWA European Hall of Fame
, a collection of top genre stories from Europe edited by James Morrow and Kathryn Morrow for which I did the two translations from the Spanish, makes an excellent Christmas, Newtonmas, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, or Belated Hanukkah gift. EDITORIAL REVIEWSFrom Publishers Weekly
Wondrous worlds await U.S. SF fans in this sensitively chosen, impeccably translated anthology of Continental European science fiction stories, ranging from 1987 to 2005.
Offering "emotional satisfaction and cerebral excitement," as James Morrow puts it in his introduction, highlights include Johanna Sinisalo's "Baby Doll," a Finnish denunciation of materialistic exploitation of children; Romanian Lucian Merisca's "Some Earthlings' Adventures on Outrerria," an excruciating political satire; Valerio Angelisti's "Sepultura," which offers a neo-Dantean Infernoscape; and W.J. Maryson's "Verstummte Musik," a Dutch near-future Orwellian nightmare. A French twist on human-machine interface lifts Jean-Claude Dunyach's "Separations" into a meditation on the nature of artistic creativity, while Elena Arsenieva's "A Birch Tree, a White Fox" exquisitely illustrates the quintessential Russian soul.
These "disciplined speculations" by European writers and their painstaking translators not only excite the mind, they move the heart. (June)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --o0o--From Booklist
Except for Stanislaw Lem, contemporary European sf and fantasy writers aren't well represented in English translation.
The Morrows, husband and wife, address this long-standing sad situation by teaming top-notch translators and some of today's best European sf and fantasy hands in a superlative anthology.
Leading lights of French, Polish, Spanish, and 11 other literatures show their writing chops while employing a very broad range of genre motifs, from time machines to space travel. Jean-Claude Dunyach contributes "Separations," the multidimensional story of a zero-gravity choreographer on an unforgettable space ride with a tormented captain. In "The Fourth Day to Eternity," the Czech Ondrej Neff recounts the fate of a frenzied physicist caught in a confusing time loop.
As James Morrow underlines in a witty and literate introduction, a truly representative sampling of European speculative fiction would span volumes.
Under the attention-grabbing banner of the SFWA Hall of Fame series, this book tantalizingly introduces English-language readers to Europe's riches and may incite them to clamor for more.
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved.--o0o--BOOK DESCRIPTION
This is the best book of its kind in at least two decades. It is a literate, intelligent book of powerful SF stories from across Europe.
These tales are representativeof the best writers and stories of the last twenty years, written in most of the major contemporary European languages. The SFWA European Hall of Fame
includes some of the biggest SF names in Europe, including Joanna Sinisalo, Andreas Eschbach, Elena Arseneva, and Jean-Claude Dunyach. The appeal of this anthology rests first upon the venerable SFWA Hall of Fame imprimatur, and secondly on the sterling reputation of co-editor/writer James Morrow.
Morrow and his wife Kathryn spent years arranging for translations of the best in European SF, and working with translators to achieve sharp, polished, and entertaining English versions of the stories.
James Morrow has written a thought-provoking introductory essay, as well as informative story notes throughout the collection. This anthology joins the canonical SFWA Hall of Fame books that have sold hundreds of thousands of copies over four decades, and belongs in every library of SF, personal or public.