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View from another shore European Science FictionUesto libro un giro attraverso la fantascienza europea buona idea che ermette di scoprire nuovi autori e alla bella introduzione di incuriosirsi er altri ma sono davvero i grandi racconti della europea come recita la copertinabeh iniziare con stanislaw lem con un estratto da cyberiade che incidentalmente ho letto oco tempo fa fa buon gioco al curatore lem di un livello superiore a molti altri autori e Remote Control (Nick Stone promette benissimoer il roseguimento della letturain realt er Warrior Women proseguendo non tutto mirende articolarmente bassifondi di franke troppo breve l altare degli dei del Caso Di Rogoz Non di rogoz non ha convinto del tutto e con sisifo il figlio di eolo di ivanov siamo in territori i classicamente fantastici che sf The Aristocratic Adventurer per il racconto molto bello ma uel che rimane ha momenti assai interessanti i racconti di klein ganovski e del nostro aldani o deliziosi il nemo di nesvadba il racconto di shefner eersino ironici andrevon e madsen anche se uest ultimo non mi ha entusiasmato come l argomento The Accidental Guardian (High Sierra Sweethearts, prometteva insommaoteva funzionare meglioda recuperare se si curiosi e stavolta 3 stelle un voto Cuba perfetto A solid collection of early 1970 s science fiction stories As with most anthologies the uality varies a bit but fans of the genre will find these overall to be uite interesting I read the original 1973 edition Apparently there is a second edition out and the description for it mentions Wolfgang Jeschke Since there is no Jeschke here I conclude that the second edition must have additionalieces However my edition had elevenIn Hot Pursuit of Happiness Stanislaw Lem 1971 Poland The Valley of Echoes Gerald Klein 1966 France Observation of uadragnes JP Andrevon 1971 France The Good Ring Svend Age Madsen 1970 Denmark Slum Herbert W Franke 1970 West Germany Captain Nemo s Last Adventure Josef Nesvadba 1964 Czechoslovakia The Altar of the Random Gods Adrian Rogoz 1970 RomaniaGood Night Sophie Lino Aldani 1964 Italy The Proving Ground Sever Gansovski 1969 USSR Sisyphus The Son of Aeolus Vsevolod Ivanov 1970 USSR A Modest Genius Vadim Shefner 1968 USSR Between native English speakers and speakers of English as a second language the forces of marketing have long dictated that English be the dominant language of science fiction There has been a lot of translation from English to the languages of smaller markets Heyne for example But science fiction not translated to English remains a local henomenon I have recently discovered that there is a small body of decent German language SF not translated to English and I assume the same is true of a few other languagesLooking over this list of eleven stories I noticed that true of a few other languagesLooking over this list of eleven stories I noticed that half are from nations that no longer exist or have had a major change of government since they were written So this anthology captures not just stories from outside the English language science fiction sphere but also stories from before the rearrangement of Europe that took lace in the 1990s They are from a Good Food place and time that no longer exists When reading them you consider not just the story but what they say to their intended audience making this reading a somewhat academic exercise I have someersonal interest in that Danger Is Everywhere part of the world so enjoyed that aspect Anthologies of foreign Science Fiction are intrinsically interesting I think because the writers come from a different culture than your own Not all that different if they re French or German but uite a bit if they were in the Eastern bloc under communism All the stories in this book date from before 1973 when it was first issued so before The Wall came down Growing up in the Cold War one had a vague notion that the unfortunates in the east were all wearing grey coveralls and scything down wheat by hand on collective farms while. A second edition with a completely new contextual introduction and other new material of a superb selection firstublished in 1973 and. Singing the raises of Joe Stalin In fact there was clearly enough freedom of thought to allow for some retty good speculative fiction and although they missed out on such cultural gems as I Love Lucy that did allow a bit time for literatureThe big name here is Polish Stanislaw Lem described by the editor as a misogynist and a misanthrope of a type similar to HP Lovecraft Well maybe so but he had a sense and a misanthrope of a type similar to HP Lovecraft Well maybe so but he had a sense humour In Hot Pursuit Of Happiness set in a far distant future Constructor Trurl calls on Klapaucious with a new thought In their long and illustrious careers he says they have accomplished nothing of real value they have accomplished nothing of real value have travelled from lanet to The Bellini Look planet makingeace defeating tyrants and so on but done nothing for the Common Good and never Straw Bale Gardening produced Absolute Happiness Klapaucious says that isn tossible but Trurl wants to make just one happy world or maybe create a new sort of being who is happy and for 40 highly amusing Cousins pages he tries to do it I liked Hedons as units of happiness One Hedon or Hed for short is the uantity of bliss one would experience after walking exactly four miles with a nail in one s boot and then having the nail removed One Kilohed was what the elders felt when they saw Susanna at her bath The story is not illustrated but I guess Susanna was a bit of a looker Anyway she gave good Hed Trurl can move galaxies about as if they were furniture but really struggles with happiness A terrific entertaining storyThe uality is undiminished with the next tale The Valley Of Echoes by Frenchman Gerard Klein Three men set off in a tractor across the dulllains of Mars to regions unexplored at least on foot Despite all the scientific evidence to the contrary they all nurse the faint hope of finding some ruins some bones some faint trace of an ancient civilisation to Ordeal by Fire prove that man is not alone in the universe Klein srose in translation at least has a wonderful almost musical cadence to it that makes it a Absolutely Truly pleasure to read He has been compared to Ray Bradbury and it s obvious why Probably my favourite in the book and that s up against someretty stiff competitionStaying with France Observation Of uadragnes by JP Andrevon first appeared in 1971 It s a grim story about very strange aliens observing the mating of captive human beings Playboy And The Slime God by Isaac Asimov appeared in the March 1961 issue of Amazing and I Hydra put it to you m lud that they are based on the same notion In fact Asimov s story was a satire of a story titled Girls For The Slime God which appeared in Playboy Magazine Asimov s story is highly amusing whereas Andrevon s is a miserable vision of rape sadism and the worst aspects of humanity The times they were a changing in the 70s I suppose Andrevon s is realisticFrom Denmark comes The Good Ring by Svend Age Madsen in which aeasant named Stig finds a ring that transports him to other worlds Surreal and imaginative but I can t say I enjoyed itFrom Germany Slum by Herbert W Franke a scary tale about a olluted future No one takes any notice of these which is uite right We don t want a lot of red tape and environmental rotection laws hindering the work of wealth creators and entrepreneurs Watching the news recently I discovered that we British own a Pacific island with the world s greatest collection of Lilac Bus/Dublin 4 plastic rubbish bought to it by ocean currents HurrayIf you read The Land Of Osiris without knowing the author you would swear to God swear to Mao or swear to anyone you like that it was by Robert Silverberg but it s actually by Wolfgang Jeshke of Germany In aost nuclear world a white man turns up in Kotoko on Lake Chad on a uest northwards because he and other scientists have seen signs of space flight activity in that direction He gets a lot of help For long out of rint of some of the best science fiction from continental Europe Included are stories by Stanislaw Lem Poland Vsevolod.

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Rom the local king and is given a young guide named beschir the narration switches between guide named Beschir The narration switches between erson by Beschir and short extracts from the journal of Jack Freyman the scientist known as Master Jack to the locals The exotic locations the lush descriptions the clever narrative techniue the huge Science Fictional conclusion even the length of the Changing Times piece a novelette shout Silverberg in flaming letters ten feet high to anyone who knows his work Obviously it s good Jeshke studied German and English literature say the author notes and wasrobably the foremost editor of Science Fiction in his homelandThe gloomy grandeur of The Land Of Osiris is followed by the cheerful tale of Captain Nemo s Last Adventure by Josef Nesvadba of the Czech Republic The hero s actual surname is Feather but the media began to call him Captain Nemo for his heroic exploits especially after he took the new Nautilus rocket to explore Neptune Unfortunately the Solar system is getting safer and Captain Nemo may have to stay home with his wife Horror He s saved by a last desperate mission which will take him into interstellar space This is another entertaining satire from Eastern EuropeOutrageous coincidence is the theme explored by Adrian Rogoz of Romania in The Altar Of The Random Gods Homer has a traffic accident which is followed by a series of unlikely events Nowadays that sounds like a lot for The Simpsons but back in 1970 the name Homer didn t conjure up the same image Goodnight Sophie by Italy s Lino Aldani is set in one of those futures where virtual reality is so much enjoyable than life that eople spend most of their life in it The heroine Sophie Barlowe is the most desirable star in the world of Oneirofilm and millions of men enjoy her every night The consumer age is finished as eight billion Conamara Blues people live in beehives nourished by vitamins and soybeans with no desire for real goods oreople in their lives Well we re getting there For 1963 this was The Fall And Rise of Reginald Perrin pretty good future speculation Constructor Trurl missed out on this way of making everyone happyThe last three stories are all by Russians The Proving Ground is an anti war and anti military storyublished in Moscow in 1969 I m starting to suspect that them there Ruskies weren t nearly as controlling as we were led to believe by the Daily Mail The inventor has CREATED A TANK THAT RESPONDS TO a tank that responds to and the army is testing it on a remote island The characters don t have names Instead the cool omniscient narrator refers to them by title The corporal the captain the colonel and the general Despite or Mary, Queen of Scots, and the Murder of Lord Darnley perhaps because of the unemotional description of events thisacks uite a unch Sisyphus The Son Despite or erhaps because of the unemotional description of events this Doctor Who packs uite aunch Sisyphus The Son Aeolus by Vsevolod Ivanov is set in ancient Greece Polyander is on his way back to Corinth after serving loyally with both Alexander the Great and his cruel successor King Cassander He takes a short cut through the hills and meets a hairy giant Restoring Sexual Sanity pushing a huge black boulder along a well worn track It was fantasy rather than Science Fiction and I thought the end was a bit weakTop marks though for A Modest Genius by Vadim Shefner It s about the life of Sergei a modest inventor who courts two girls and marries one who turns into something of a shrew Among his inventions are skates which allow you to glide across water a camera that canhotograph three years into the future and a uarrel Measurer and Ender which brings eace to the community kitchen where he lives For humorous contrast the girl he didn t marry ended up with a great inventor whose designs are completely impractical but always sponsored and built by the state The author notes say that Shefner writes na ve urban fairy tales and this is one I guessAn excellent collection and recommended to any Science Fiction fa. Ivanov Russia Eurocon award winner Adrian Rogoz Romania Herbert W Franke Germany Wolfgang Jeschke Germany Gerard Klein France and others. ,

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