More news from World Fantasy hopefully soon (after I’ve caught up, and we had a great DayBreak Magazine reading), but first two news tidbits that fall under the ‘kindred spirits’ category:
- Ann and Jeff VanderMeer announced that their Best American Fantasy series would start, beginning next year, to envelop the complete Americas (North and South America);
- Cheryl Morgan announced (both announcements were done at the ‘fantasy in translation’ panel) that there will be a new set of SF & fantasy awards: Science Fiction & Fantasy Translation Awards (with a new website). Here’s the press release.
This, together with the tireless Charles A. Tan winning one of the inaugural Last Drink Bird Head Awards (the one for International Activism), marks a movement towards more openness to non-Anglophone SF & fantasy (list of winners on Ecstatic Days, with an unexpected picture).
Last Monday I spoke with Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman about the Interstitial Arts Foundation and Interfictions 2 (among other things), and Ellen mentioned that they had made a concerted effort to include more international writers, which I welcome and applaud.
And buy a copy of the Apex Book of World SF , of course.
A torrent of world SF happenings this late October/early November. I hope it’s the beginning of a truly internationally-oriented SF community.