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Strange Horizons - Remaking the Difference: A Discussion about Indian Speculative Fiction By Prayaag Akbar, By Tashan Mehta, By Gautam Bhatia
Gautam Bhatia: Five years ago, Strange Horizons ran a discussion about Indian speculative fiction with writers and editors, hosted by Anil Menon (Part I and Part II), called "Splitting the Difference." They talked about problems of nomenclature (what is Indian SF), theme (what is, and what should, Indian SF be about), and authorship (which writers—past and present—make up the field). You are all writers and editors, living and working in India and writing in English, who have emerged after that conversation—at the risk of sounding dramatic, the next generation. Salik, you have founded an SF magazine called Mithila Review, now in its ninth issue, that is run out of India; Prayaag and Tashan, you’ve written novels published in India, set in India, and dealing with distinctive Indian themes (caste and colonialism, among others). So I want to begin by asking this: in the conversation five years ago, we can see a lot of attention being devoted to problems of nomenclature and definition, and an uneasiness with the very term “Indian SF.” Do you feel that we’ve come some distance in the last five years, and that we seem to have, now, the beginnings of a community—however loose and incipient—that we can roughly label “Indian SF writing, in English”? And if so, how would you understand this community?
StrangeHorizons  PrayaagAkbar  SalikShah  TashanMehta  GautamBhatia  IndianLiterature  sf  interview  roundtable 
23 hours ago by jdmartinsen
Translating French Proto-SF: An Interview With Brian Stableford – Speculative Fiction in Translation
His work on the history of SF and his translations of French proto-SF are critical for our understanding of how the genre developed and what its future might hold.
translation  sf  French  BrianStableford  SFinTranslation  interview 
23 hours ago by jdmartinsen
Vajra Chandrasekera Interview — Big Echo
The science fictional idea of time travel, at least in its most common forms, presupposes homogenous, empty time as a navigable landscape in which events occur, and in which one can move around and construct elaborate set pieces of paradox out of Heinleinian bootstraps. The device distinguishes firmly between time and history: the former is a landscape, objective and real, and the latter is a record, subjective and fallible, and the gaps between the two generate space for drama.

I find it more interesting, and more useful, to think of time as a fiction rather than a place. The past is imaginary, continually being produced in the now; always being composed and edited. The past-as-fiction has authors and is therefore always multiple—not in the sense of alternate realities separated by a veil (where the deviations from our norm might be helpfully marked by Orientalist tropes like Evil Beards) but as overlapping, competing arguments shouting over each other. Pasts and futures as a host of contradictory assertions of injury and claims for recompense. If time doesn’t exist except as history, then we exist simultaneously in every timeline, with a multitude of ghostly, mutually contradictory causal chains dragging behind us.
interview  VajraChandrasekera  sf  BigEcho 
23 hours ago by jdmartinsen
Submission Guidelines | Apex Magazine
Original Short Fiction:
1) Submit your work in Shunn Standard Manuscript Format.
2) Maximum word length is a firm 7,500 words. Anything more will be auto-rejected.
3) Payment for original fiction is $.06 per word up to 7,500 words. Minimum of $60.
4) If we podcast your story, payment is $.01 per word up to 7,500 words.
5) Apex Magazine welcomes and encourages submissions from writers of all race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, and military status. We want diverse voices. We value diverse voices. Having said that, please be aware that we do not collect any information that might clue our editors to any of these attributes other than your name, email, and address prior to any decisions made regarding your submission.
6) Submit short fiction submissions through the online form found here: http://submissions.apexbookcompany.com/. Stories submitted by email or sent by mail will be disposed of unread.
apex  submission  SF  magazine 
23 hours ago by jdmartinsen
Overview of Han Song's career at the release of a new edition of much of his fiction and non-fiction.
HanSong  FAA  SF  Douban  zh  profile 
23 hours ago by jdmartinsen

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