Friday, April 30, 2010

Poignant Publication

I was very pleased to note today that Cat Tales 2 has been published by Wildeside Press. It's an anthology of fantastic feline fiction that includes a reprint of my flash ficiton story Delayed Reaction. The story was accepted over a year ago without a definite publication, so I'm excited to see that it's here at last.

I discovered only moments later that editor George Scithers died earlier this month following a heart attack. Even though I've only ever spoken to George via half a dozen emails, it comes as a shock, and my symapthies go to his friends, family and colleagues.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Translation Experiences

Drawing on my experiences over the past couple of years of having my stories translated and published around the world, I've written an article on the subject for the benefit of other writers. It should be appearing in the next issue of Focus, the BSFA's magazine for writers.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Gondolier in Romansch

Romansch is a language spoken mostly in Switzerland, where five different dialects exist. This translation of The Gondolier is in the Puter dialect spoken in the Upper Engadine.

Il gondolier

da Gareth D Jones

Il piz nair da mia barchetta tagliaiva lamin tres l'ova calma dals chanels. Il vehicul agil am ho servieu düraunt bgers ans ed ho mno passaschers tres las vias d'ova da la cited suot la guida da tuot mieus babuns.

Il sulagl tramuntaiva sur la cited antica, tuot las giassas guardaivan our scu faschas nairischmas traunter las chesas da crap da sablun. Eau d'he respiro plain tensiun l'ajer fras-ch da la saira.

Do que üna cited pü bella scu quista grandiusited plain chanels? Intaunt cha la barcha navigiaiva vers sieu löet d'he eau fermo il mumaint plain satisfacziun sün sieu viedi vers il tschêl s-chüranto dal Mars.

Traducziun Victoria C. Mosca

Monday, April 19, 2010

Anthology Cancelled

Sad news today - the small press publishers Crossing Chaos / Enigmatic Ink have folded, leading to the cancellation of the forthcoming anthology Quantum Genre on the Planet of Arts. After a couple of previous delays I was looking forward to seeing my story Fluctuations in print this month, but alas it is not to be.

Fluctuations is one of my favourite - and certainly one of my most unusual - stories. It originaly appeared in Bewildering Stories and I rewrote the ending for this anthology. I think I shall look for another new home for it.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

One Hundred Reviews

Today I completed my review of the 'Shine' anthology - my 100th review!

These have appeared on:

Laura Hird - 2
SciFi Com - 16
The Science of Fiction - 2
Whispers of Wickedness - 6
SF Crowsnest - 74

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Immersion Press

At Eastercon I met up with Carmelo Rafala of Immersion Press, a new small press who have just released their first book: Fun With Rainbows by Gareth Owens, whom I shall henceforth dub 'the other Gareth', coincidentaly the same as 'the other Gareth'.

They're also due to release a new anthology entitled 'The Immersion Book of SF', for which the line-up looks pretty impressive. Their website says they'll be specialising in single-author collections, which is good news for those of us mourning the demise of Elastic Press.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Eastercon Saturday

Had a great time at Eastercon this year. I was only there for the Saturday, but met up with lots of authors, editors, publishers and others to chat about the trials of writing and other things.

Queued for lunch alongside Paul McCauley and Maura McHugh, had dinner with Toby Frost and David Hardy, chatted to Terry Martin of Murky Depths, Ian Whates of NewCon Press, Carmelo Rafala of Immersion Press, Martin McGrath of just about everything, Terry Jackman from Orbiter, artist Andy Bigwood, Henry Gee of Nature, Jetse De Vries of Shine fame (went to the book launch too), David Hebblethwaite who writes more reviews than me, Paul Raven of Futurismic, Justin Pickard and Neil Beynon of the Friday Flash Fictioneers, Gareth L Powell, famous for sharing my name, Aliette De Bodard, Ian Hocking, Philip Palmer, Chris Beckett, Colin Haynes, Stephen Hunt, Ian Watson and several people whose names I didn't catch.

The breathless, unending sentence above pretty much sums up the spirit of the whole day!

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Magazine Review: Interzone #227

Last year all of the Interzone covers were by a single artist and the same is true this year. The added twist this time is that all of Warwick Fraser-Combs' pictures can be combined into one larger piece at the end of the year. Typically, now I have the second issue of the year I can’t find the previous magazine to put the two together. Ah well, inside to the fiction then.

Read the rest of my review at SF Crowsnest.