2021 ESFS Awards

The European Science Fiction Society named the 2021 winners of the ESFS Achievement Awards and the ESFS Hall of Fame Awards, as well as the European Grandmaster, on July 17 during Eurocon in Fiuggi, Italy.

Note: The nominating country is listed, which in some cases is not the country associated with the work. For links related to each nominee, see here. Some names have been done as screencaps to work around WordPress’ failure to support certain special characters.


Maurizio Manzieri (Italy)




“L’Héliotrope” book cover by Vaderetro

First of two 2020 YA novels by E. S. Green, a French woman author. Vaderetro is Alexandre Debelloir & Julian Santus, illustrators & graphic designers. Working for music, edition & brands, their visual production mostly inherits from ancient engraving.They won the last « Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire » for best work of art for these « Steam Sailors » series covers. https://vaderetrostudio.com



Radek’s novel (A Tale of the Serpent Heart, or yet another word bout Jakób Szela) is a great work of Fantasy. Although it is a genre novel it was not only seen but also appreciated by the mainstream critics. The book received multiple awards – including SFF related Janusz A. Zajdel Award and Jerzy Zulawski Award. Radek also won Nike Award – one of the most prestigious awards in Polish literature.



Russian Cyberpunk Farm

The Birchpunk studio, a team of artists from Russian, shared their project that tells a story about a farm in the future. The farm is swarmed with robots and new technologies and located on Mars.



Galaxy 42 #4

The Galaxy 42 is a F&SF literature and art magazine. They publish the following categories: F&SF prose & poetry, essays, science articles, book or film reviews, music, films, visual art and graphics. G42 is coordinated by Alexandru Lamba, Daniel Timariu, and Cristian Vicol.



“An Adventure in the Lower Earth. Christmas Carolers vs Hallus Beasts” by Elena Pavlova

Aimed at middle graders, the book combines ethno-fantasy, electropunk and environmentalism in a dizzying adventure, where characters discover the strength of kinship, the secret of Thracian sanctuaries and the bizarre fairy world from Bulgarian folklore. They manage to save both the Lower Earth from poachers and our own Upper Earth from the invasion of the Hallus electricus



Decameron 2020, price iz karantene

The online literary event Decameron 2020 was created as a reaction to the sudden closing down of cultural events and subsequent lockdown in Croatia. During these times, three young speculative fiction writers came up with an idea to create a new publishing platform for local writers, inspired by Boccaccio’s legendary work. An E-book with English translation is currently in work




Igor Baranko

Igor Baranko is an Ukrainian comic artist that published his graphic novels not only in his home country, but also in United States, France and some other countries. Not only he was published in these countries, but also lived there working with local comics artists. Now Igor lives in Thailand and is working on a comic strip based on the Indian epic Mahabharata.



Victor Pelevin

Pelevin wrote in various fantastic genres. In his work, you can find both mystical motivations, and works in the genre of anti-utopia and science fiction. Pelevin books have been translated into many languages. According to a French Magazine, Pelevin is among the 1,000 most significant people in the contemporary culture. His name is included in the list of nominees for the Nobel Prize.


[Joint Winners]









A Convention Leader of the Zagreb Science Fiction Convention SFERAKON and Secretary of the Sfera Association. Long-term member of the ESFS, a participant in conventions in the region and Europe. Participant in numerous Eurocons. She is a translator and promoter of SF.



Mir Fantastiki

A monthly Russian magazine and portal about fantasy and science fiction. Published since September 2003 and is the largest science fiction magazine in the former USSR. The publication reviews books, movies, TV series, games and comics in such genres as science fiction, fantasy and horror, publishes articles about fictional universes, famous science fiction, fandom, mythology and futurology.



Serhiy Legeza

For a great contribution to the promotion of Polish fiction.He translated from Polish into Ukrainian the works of Andrzej Sapkowski and Jacek Dukaj, from Polish into Russian the works of Andrzej Sapkowski, Jacek Dukaj, Jakub Nowak, Jacek Pekara, Robert Schmidt, Robert Wegner, and Stanislaw Lem.

Serhiy translated a huge number of works of contemporary Polish science fiction writers into Ukrainian and Russian. Thanks to him, Ukrainian and Russian readers were able to get acquainted with the best modern Polish science fiction writers.

ESFS Awards Nominations for 2021

The European Science Fiction Association released the 2021 nominees for the ESFS Achievement Awards and the ESFS Hall of Fame Awards on June 29.

The Hall of Fame award celebrates lifetime contributions.

The winners of these awards will be selected at the next general meeting of the ESFS, which will take place at Eurocon 2021 which takes place from July 15-18 in Fiuggi, Italy.

Note: The nominating country is listed, which in some cases is not the country associated with the work. For links related to each nominee, see here. Some names have been done as screencaps to work around WordPress’ failure to support certain special characters.

The nominations for the ESFS Achievement Awards and ESFS Hall of Fame Awards follow the jump. There is also a link to the ESFS Awards website for each award, which has links to additional resources about the nominees.

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(1) DESIGNS FOR THE TIMES. Jane Frank reviewed a portfolio project by famed sff artist Richard Powers as a vehicle for studying his career and influence: “Richard Powers: The World of fFlar” at NeoText.

…Powers happily obliged, by portraying the Portfolio as a single story told in 16 (17, if you include the cover) illustrations even though the very first painting reproduced in the portfolio, The Ur-City of fFlar, cropped on the right, began life in 1958 as the cover to the fourth in a popular digest anthology series Star Science Fiction, edited by Frederik Pohl. And the same image served further duty, cropped on the left side this time, as the cover for The Deep by John Crowley, published by Berkley, 1976.

This use, and re-use of imagery, I should add, was common for Powers’ – who excelled in “re-purposing” his art, both to gain monetarily from additional usages, but also to save time. He had no qualms about cutting up and pasting portions of existing artworks in order to fashion “new” illustrations, and publishers either didn’t realize it, or didn’t care. Not only the images themselves, but also certain compositional elements, can be spotted on other covers, as if both publishers and Powers himself enjoyed creating variations on a favored theme . . . and there are fans of Powers’ art who make a sport out of discovering such connections. The humorous caption for The Ur City of fFlar indeed suggests that Powers was well aware of several uses to which one painting could be put:

Jane Frank also did an analysis of the paperback covers and other works of an iconic sff artist in “Paul Lehr: Unexpected Rhythms” at NeoText.

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…Freed from the need to produce garish imagery designed to lure adolescent readers to buy magazines, Lehr soon developed his own unique voice and palette.

One of Lehr’s studio experiments ended up being his first published cover.

“I constructed spaceships out of wire, cardboard toilet paper tubes, ping pong balls and the like, making strange looking ships. I painted them silver and white, and hung them up as still lifes against dark backgrounds, shining a strong light upon them, embellishing them with stars, bursts of fire, and other bits of painterly cosmic excitement. I also bought model kits and assembled them in crazy ways. A B-17 would become a moonlander or shuttleboat.” (Visions of Never” 2009)…

(2) INCREDIBLE BABEL. Cora Buhlert’s latest contribution to Galactic Journey is a review about the brand-new-in-1966 novel Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany: “[MAY 16, 1966] SPIES, POETS AND LINGUISTS: BABEL-17 BY SAMUEL R. DELANY”

With so much grim news in the real world, you just want to escape into a book. So I was happy to find Babel-17, the latest science fiction novel by Samuel R. Delany, in the spinner rack at my local import bookstore. The blurb promised a mix of space opera and James Bond style spy adventure, which sounded right up my alley….

(3) JOHNNY B BAD. “The Ballad of Russell & Julie”, performed a decade ago, is a hysterical “Musical Tribute to the Creators of the Rebooted ‘Doctor Who’ Series” as Laughing Squid explains. It’s newsworthy for a line that alludes to the kind of behavior which saw John Barrowman back in the headlines this week. (Around the 2:02 mark.)

During a Doctor Who wrap party in 2011, actors David TennantCatherine Tate, and John Barrowman performed “The Ballad of Russell and Julie,” a musical tribute to Russell T. Davies (RTD) and Julie Gardner, the creators of the new version of Doctor Who, which was first broadcast ten years ago today. The tribute pokes gentle fun at RTD’s smoking uncertainty and Gardner’s incredible confidence.

(4) PREDICTING STAR TREK. And there’s still time for you to add your guess to Galactic Journey’s poll about what that soon-to-premiere TV show Star Trek will be like. (Is the second choice below really a title? It looks like a code off my phone bill.)

(5) WELL-MET IN LAKE GENEVA. James Maliszewski, who runs the RPG blog Grognardia, has dug up a 1976 report about GenCon IX by none other than Fritz Leiber:  “Fritz Leiber at GenCon”.

Earlier this month, I posted an image of an article penned by author Fritz Leiber that appeared in the San Francisco Examiner on September 5, 1976. Leiber recounts his experiences as guest of honor at GenCon IX and, as one might expect, what he writes is of great interest. He begins by briefly recounting the recent history of wargaming, starting with the publication of Gettysburg by Avalon Hill in 1958. (Why he starts there rather than with Tactics in 1954, I am not sure) 

Moving on from that, he speaks of GenCon, the “oldest gathering of tabletop generals in America,” which is “held at the pleasant Wisconsin resort-town near Chicago.

(6) ESFS AWARDS OPEN. The European Science Fiction Society is gathering nominations for the Next ESFS Awards.

Nominations are now open for the ESFS Awards that will be held at the 2021 Eurocon in Fiuggi, 15th to 18th July. The last day nominations will be accepted is Tuesday 15th June 2021. This is also the last day that bids for future Eurocons will be accepted for discussion in the Business Meeting, and the last day that topics to be raised in the Business Meeting will be accepted.

There should only be a single nomination from each country, as selected by their own rules. In the event of multiple nominations from one country, only matching nominations or nominations without a competing name will be accepted. In the event that all ballots from one country contain different names, there will be no nominees accepted for that country.

Nominations are made for a country by representatives of that country. If you are not familiar with how your country chooses its nominations, the EuroSMOF Facebook group is a good place to connect with other Eurocon attendees from your country.

Before nominating, read the list of current awards and their requirements, and the Awards FAQ.

(7) MONSTROUS FUN FOR TOURISTS. Travel Awaits encourages you to come and look for yourself: “Unicorns, Kelpies, And Wulvers: 7 Of Scotland’s Most Captivating Mythical Creatures”.

You probably know about the Loch Ness Monster, but have you ever heard of kelpies or wulvers?

Scots are legendary storytellers (they even host an International Storytelling Festival), and their culture is rich with imaginary creatures — or, perhaps, creatures not so imaginary… Here are some of my favorites. 

1. Unicorns 

No list of Scottish mythical creatures would be complete without mentioning Scotland’s national animal — the infamous unicorn, which adorns the country’s royal coat of arms. In Celtic mythology, the unicorn represents both purity and power, innocence and dominance. The creature has been part of Scotland’s ethos for centuries….

Pro Tip: Unicorns are ubiquitous in Scotland! The Palace of HolyroodhouseEdinburgh CastleCraigmillar Castle, and St Giles’ Cathedral — all in Edinburgh — sport unicorns. But, really, anywhere you go in Scotland, you can find a unicorn. Consider visiting on National Unicorn Day (celebrated on April 9) to get your unicorn fix. 

(8) FOLLOW THE BOUNCERS. On “The Muppet Show” on Saturday Night Live: “Security! Security!  Statler and Waldorf are causing trouble again!”

(9) RITTENHOUSE OBIT. Juris doctor, conrunner and Sidewise Award judge Jim Rittenhouse (1957-2021)  died May 16.

Steven H Silver paid tribute on Facebook.

I woke up to the news that my longtime friend and fellow Sidewise Award judge Jim Rittenhouse has lost his final battle. Jim welcomed me into fandom early and we discovered our shared love for alternate history. While working on my first Windycon under the auspices of the late Ross Pavlac, Ross was listening to Jim and me discuss alternate history and at the next meeting he presented each of us with Captain Midnight decoders, so he would be able to understand what we were talking about in the future.

Eventually Jim founded the Apazine Point of Divergence, which I was a founding member of and stayed with for a while. I later invited Jim to become a judge for the Sidewise Award for Alternate History, for which he was one of the longest serving judges.

Jim had a deep and personal interest in Chinese history and last year when I was working on my story “The Prediscovered Country,” we discussed the history of the Ming Dynasty to figure out what a Chinese colony in Australia would look like. In return, I modeled the Dutch character De Bruijn after Jim.

There will probably be a memorial service for Jim at either Windycon or Capricon.

May his memory be for a blessing.


  • 1953 – Sixty-eight years ago, Alfred Bester’s Demolished Man wins a Hugo for Best Novel. It was first serialized in three parts, beginning with the January 1952 issue of Galaxy Science Fiction. The novel is dedicated to Galaxy’s editor, H. L. Gold, who made writing ideas to Bester. Bester’s suggested title was Demolition!, but Gold talked him out of it. It would be his only Hugo Award. 


National Mimosa Day – They’re celebrating the six-time Hugo-winning fanzine at Fanac.org.


[Compiled by Cat Eldridge and John Hertz.]

  • Born May 16, 1918 – Colleen Browning.  Set designer, illustrator, lithographer, painter.  A Realist in the face of Abstract Realism and Abstract Expressionism, she later turned to Magic Realism blurring the real and imaginary.  Here is Union Mixer.  Here is Mindscape.  Here is The Dream.  (Died 2003) [JH]
  • Born May 16, 1920 – Patricia Marriott.  Cover artist and illustrator, particularly for Joan Aiken; a score of covers, as many interiors.  Here is Black Hearts in Battersea.  Here is A Small Pinch of Weather.  (Died 2002) [JH] 
  • Born May 16, 1925 – Pierre Barbet.  Author and (under another name) pharmacist.  Towards a Lost FutureBabel 3805; space opera, heroic fantasy, alternative history. In The Empire of Baphomet an alien tries to manipulate the Knights Templar; in Stellar Crusade the knights go into Space after him; six dozen novels, plus shorter stories, essays.  (Died 1995) [JH]
  • Born May 16, 1937 —  Yvonne Craig. Batgirl on Batman, and that green skinned Orion slave girl Marta on “Whom Gods Destroy” on the original Trek. She also one-offs in The Man from U.N.C.L.E.The Wild Wild WestVoyage to The Bottom of the SeaThe Ghost & Mrs. MuirLand of the GiantsFantasy Island and Holmes and Yo-Yo. (Died 2015.) (CE)
  • Born May 16, 1942 – Judith Clute, age 79.  Two dozen covers, thirty interiors.  Here is the Dec 90 Interzone.  Here is Chip Crockett’s Christmas Carol.  Here is Pardon This Intrusion.  Here is Stay.  [JH]
  • Born May 16, 1944 — Danny Trejo, 77. Trejo is perhaps most known as the character Machete, originally developed by Rodriguez for the Spy Kids films. He’s also been on The X-FilesFrom Dusk till DawnLe JaguarDoppelgangerThe Evil WithinFrom Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood MoneyMuppets Most Wanted and more horror films that I care to list here. Seriously he’s really done a lot of really low-budget horror films. (CE)
  • Born May 16, 1953 — Pierce Brosnan, 68. James Bond in a remarkably undistinguished series of such films. Dr. Lawrence Angelo in The Lawnmower Man,and he was lunch, errr, Professor Donald Kessler in Mars Attacks! and Mike Noonan in Bag of Bones. (CE) 
  • Born May 16, 1953 – Lee MacLeod, age 68.  Four dozen covers, plus interiors, for us.  Lee MacLeod SF Art Trading Cards.  BatmanHoward the DuckPocahontas (i.e. Disney’s).  Air Force Art Program.  Here are two covers for The Mote in God’s Eye from 1993 and 2000.  For his fine art e.g. plein air, see here.  [JH]
  • Born May 16, 1962 — Ulrika O’Brien, 59. A Seattle-area fanzine fan, fanartist, con-running fan, and past TAFF winner. Her list of zines in Fancyclopedia 3 is quite amazing —  Fringe, Widening Gyre and Demi-TAFF Americaine (TAFF Newsletter). Her APAzines include Mutatis Mutandis, and APA memberships include APA-L, LASFAPAMyriad and Turbo-APA. U. O’Brien won Best Fanartist in the 2021 FAAn (Fan Activity Achievement) Awards. (CE) 
  • Born May 16, 1968 — Stephen Mangan, 53, Voiced Bigwig, Silverweed and Shale in the 1999 Watership Down series, Green Javelins in the Hyperdrive SF comedy series, and Dirk Gently in that series after the pilot. (CE) 
  • Born May 16, 1969 — David Boreanaz, 52. Am I the only one that thought Angel was for the most part a better series than Buffy? And the perfect episode was I think “Smile Time” when Angel gets turned into a puppet. It even spawned its own rather great toy line including of course an Angel puppet. (CE) 
  • Born May 16, 1978 – Marion Poinsot, age 43.  Illustrator of comics, role-playing games.  In the audio series The Keep [«le donjon»of Naheulbeuk by John Lang, here is MP’s Quilt of Oblivionhere is Chaos Under the Mountain.  Here is a poster for her Nina Tonnerre.  Here is Perle the black dragon.  [JH]


(14) AUDIO FICTION. The latest episode of the Simultaneous Times podcast from Space Cowboy Books includes Jean-Paul Garnier reading Cora Buhlert’s short story “Little Monsters” and “Hidden Underneath” by Toshiya Kamei.

(15) WORKING ON THE RAILROAD. In the Washington Post, Stuart Miller interviews five actors on The Underground Railroad about their work on the Amazon Prime show. “Filming ‘The Underground Railroad’ was grueling. But the cast grasped ‘the weight of what we were doing.’”

…So while Mbedu always felt well cared for during filming — there was a guidance counselor on set “to bring me back to myself,” she says, and Jenkins himself “was always checking up on me” — the supportive cast and crew understood that putting on the chains and the burdens of being Black in antebellum America naturally took a toll.

“I had to have tricks, like moving through the set with my eyes downcast, so that when I opened my eyes I’d be experiencing everything only as Cora, because otherwise it would be too much for Thuso to take in,” Mbedu says.

The South African actress grew up in the immediate aftermath of apartheid and, like Cora, lost her parents at a young age. But she drew a sharp border between her life and Cora’s, relying on “a whole lot of research” to bring the character’s vocal, physical and psychological journey to life.

“The one time in the past where I made the mistake of trying to draw from my own experience, my brain went, ‘That was too traumatizing, we’re shutting down now.’ I can empathize, but I cannot personalize because it’s too traumatic to relive.”…

(16) IRREPLACEABLE. The Guardian gets Patrick Ness’ reaction to various books he’s read. One genre author stands out: “Patrick Ness: ‘Terry Pratchett makes you feel seen and forgiven’”.

My comfort read
Discworld by Terry Pratchett. I am always at some point through the cycle (I’m currently on The Thief of Time). They’re not only gloriously funny, they’re humane in a way that makes you actually feel seen and forgiven, with all your faults. He was a one-off, Sir Terry. When I finish reading them through, I simply put the last book down and pick the first one up again.

(17) GREATEST OF ALL TIME TRAVEL. Ryan Britt makes a daring claim at Inverse: “The best time-travel show of all time is streaming for free right now”. And that show is? Quantum Leap!

…Trying to figure out the actual sci-fi rules of Quantum Leap is a bad idea. As stated in the voice-over, Sam Beckett “stepped into the quantum leap accelerator and vanished.” The premise of the series is that his consciousness is transferred into various people’s bodies — regardless of gender — throughout time. Once Sam shows up in one of these bodies, a holographic projection from his associate Al (Dean Stockwell) advises him on what he’s supposed to accomplish in whatever historical period he’s found himself in.

Basically, Quantum Leap is a paint-by-numbers science fiction drama. Every episode begins with Sam trying to acclimate to his new body, while Al tells him the stakes. Despite the fact that Al is assisted by a super-computer named “Ziggy,” there’s never a clear path for what Sam is supposed to do. His essential mission — which is ill-defined — is to “set right what once went wrong” — but what that means exactly is relatively opaque until the end of each episode. This makes zero sense. It’s also brilliant.

[Thanks to John Hertz, Andrew (not Werdna), Mike Kennedy, Andrew Porter, Martin Morse Wooster, JJ, Michael Toman, Cora Buhlert, John King Tarpinian, Rich Lynch, and Cat Eldridge for some of these stories. Title credit goes to contributing editor of the day OGH.]

2020 ESFS Awards

The European Science Fiction Society’s 2020 ESFS Award Winners were announced during the virtual Futuricon on October 3.

Achievement Awards – Best Work of Art

  • The Dublin 2019 Hugo Award bases

Achievement Awards – Best Written Work of Fiction

  • Luna: Moon Rising (Luna #3) by Ian McDonald

Achievement Awards – Best Dramatic Presentation

  • Good Omens

Achievement Awards – Fanzine

  • Journey Planet – A Half Pint of Flann

Achievement Awards – Best Work for Children

  • The Invasion by Peadar Ó Guilín

Best Internet Publication


  • The Irish Fandom Community Group on Facebook
  • Fantascientificast

Hall of Fame – Best Artist

  • Sergey Shikin

Hall of Fame – Best Author

  • Milena Benini

Hall of Fame – Best Publisher

  • L’Atalante

Hall of Fame – Best Promoter

  • Cristina Jurado

Hall of Fame – Best Magazine

  • Esensja

Hall of Fame – Best Translator

  • Pilar Ramírez Tello

Chrysalis Awards

  • Caroline Hofstätter (Austria)
  • Zoe Penn (Croatia)
  • Edmund Schluessel (Finland)
  • Chloé VEILLARD (France)
  • Oein DeBhairduin (Ireland)
  • Linda De Santi (Italy)
  • Jean Bürlesk (Luxembourg)
  • Diana Alzner (Romania)
  • Olga Rejn (Russia)
  • Haizea Zubieta (Spain)


  • Franz Rottensteiner

[Thanks to Edmund Schluessel for the story.]

ESFS Awards Nominations for 2020

The European Science Fiction Association released the 2020 nominees for the ESFS Achievement Awards and the ESFS Hall of Fame Awards on September 13.

The Hall of Fame award celebrates lifetime contributions while the Chrysalis award recognizes authors who have emerged in the past three years.

The winners will be selected at the next general meeting of the ESFS, which will take place (online) during Futuricon, the 2020 Eurocon, which will be held October 2-4.

Note: The nominating country is listed, which in some cases is not the country associated with the work. For links related to each nominee, see here. Some names have been done as screencaps to work around WordPress’ failure to support certain special characters.



Däniken zum Schmunzel by Reinhard Habeck

“Däniken zum Schmunzeln” is a comic book inspired by the works of the Swiss author Erich von Däniken. While his books claim to be science, mainly palaeoastronomy, Reinhard Habeck turns those wild theories into funny comics of speculative fiction, very often featuring a loveable alien character.


As quoted by the artist herself: “Although these photographs look as abstract expression of colors and shapes, for me they represent a search for broader spaces, wider horizons, and a proof that even between the four walls of your room you could travel far with your imagination.”


Utopiales19 book cover, by Mathieu BABLET

The cover of this anthology (Utopiales 19) comes from the same-name festival’s poster of that year. It is by Mathieu Bablet, comics author and illustrator (France, 1987-). He was the invited artist with a large art show.  His 31 works translated in 6 languages works include The Beautiful Death, DoggyBags, Shangri-La…


The Dublin 2019 Hugo Award bases

The Dublin 2019 Hugo bases were created by Eleanor Wheeler, based on a design by Jim Fitzpatrick.


Maurizio Manzieri – Poster for Cartoons on the bay

World famous Italian illustrator. Poster for Cartoons on the bay 2019, the children’s television animation festival promoted by Rai Com, the Italian public broadcasting company.


Tow & Tank (Andy Genen)

Tow & Tank is Andy Genen’s latest series of comics taking a mute tow tank driver and a sentient zombie into a post-apocalyptic weird-land to discover the secret behind glyphs that the duo uncover on their journey.


Cover of the anthology “Other Sky”

Cover of the anthology “Other Sky” by Sergey Shikin


Art for La guerra de Dios. Artist: Juan Alberto Hernández

This collection consists of nine illustrations (including the cover art) by Juan Alberto Hernández. The technique used is digital, but the strokes and the high contrast colours make the images appear as if they were oil paintings. Hernández’s work is an extraordinarily accurate depiction of the fantastic world build by Kameron Hurley (as the author herself mentioned during her Spanish tour).



Simon Stålenhag is a Swedish artist is famous for his paintings. “Urtidsbilder” is his latest work with paintings of dinasaures. The text is written by Anna Davour



Shape Me by Melanie Vogltanz

The “Encouragment Award”-winner 2016 Melanie Vogltanz is back with her new novel “Shape Me” about the fascinating method of body-exchange-technologies. In her story the state controlls  stuff like body weight, so a fitness trainer changes her body with her clients to “shape them” with her discipline. But then her body is stolen


Krsnik by Ana Cerovac

A fantasy novel set in the time of Uskok wars against Venice and inspired by Istrian folklore, Krsnik is a compelling advenutre about the supernatural as much as the everyday, with stregas and curses as integral to the plot as soldiers and spies. Based on both historical research and local legends, the story is one of war, conspiracy, and the fates of both nobles and commoners alike.


Trois hourras pour Lady Évangeline, by Jean-Claude DUNYACH

(L’Atalante, 2019) In this space opera novel, a young girl has to merge in a alien hive to survive. Maybe what she learns in these slimy settings will allow her to help her diplomat father so they can successfully face a new menace, an intelligent interstellar cloud. 


Luna: Moon Rising (Luna #3) by Ian McDonald

Luna: Moon Rising is the final book in the Luna trilogy. 
Luna: Moon Rising was nominated for the 2020 Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel.


No/Mad/Land by Francesco Verso

Last novel by Francesco Verso, finishing The Walkers story. 


The Harm Tree by Rose Edwards

Rose Edwards is nominated for her recent publication, The Harm Tree, ‘an epic fantasy set in a world still recovering from one war, and on the brink of another. The resistance is rising and dark forces stir to take back what was once theirs. Belief in the ancient gods runs strong–the sacrificial Harm Tree still stands.’ (editor’s synopsis)


Bionautas, by Cristina Jurado

Bionautas is the ordinary account of an extraordinary story, which Jurado tells in a quotidian and exquisitely simple way. The novel is a monologue, the transcription of a recording; a rather unusual and bold way to tell such a complex story. It’s also an ode to nature and a reflection about relations and language, which are so inherent to any intelligent species, no matter how apart they are.



Little Joe


Slice of Life

“Slice of Life” is an original short Science Fiction film.

The whole film is made the old school way like the legendary SciFi movies of the 80’s. Think miniatures, matte paintings, rear projections – You won’t find any CGI here!!!

Slice Of Life is a love letter to the Science Fiction genre of the 80’s. We invite you to follow our journey back to the future envisioned by the 80’s!



A modern take of Harry Martinson’s classical poem that goes deep under the spectator’s skin.


Terra Willy  – Planète inconnue

Animated feature (90 mn, 2019) 


Dr. Krell & The Carnyx of Terror (as performed at Dublin 2019 – An Irish Worldcon by Crazy Dog Audio Theatre)

The full performance of the live radio play Dr. Krell & The Carnyx of Terror as performed at Dublin 2019 – An Irish Worldcon by Crazy Dog Audio Theatre can be viewed on YouTube. It was written, directed and produced by Roger Gregg.


Good Omens

Series based on Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s novel of the same name.


Superjhemp Retörns (Felix Koch, 2018)

To save the small Luxusbourg from a cosmic catastrophy, a government clerk, himself deep in mid-life crisis, has to recover his lost superpowers and confront his biggest fear: his family.
The film is the first based on Lucien Czuga and Roger Leiners’ long series of Bande Dessinee around a very Luxembourgish superhero who draws his powers from the national dish of ‘boiled cheese’.


The Outbreak

Epidemic is a 2019 Russian sci-fi drama television series directed by Pavel Kostomarov, based on the debut novel by Russian writer Yana Wagner, “Vongozero”. 
An unknown virus turns Moscow into a city of the dead. Outbreak is a family drama in the midst of a global disaster. It is one of the first post-apocalyptic TV shows in Russia.


Klaus, directed by Sergio Pablos

A traditionally animated Christmas adventure comedy, Klaus is an alternate origin story of Santa Claus. A truly emotional plot full, of empathy and positivity, is rounded by the outstanding performances of the voice actors. It won 7 Annie Awards, including Best Animated Feature, as well as the BAFTA award for Best Animated Film. It was also nominated to the Oscar award for Best Animated Feature.



Aniara is based on the space poem by Harry Martinsson. The directors are Pella Kagerman and Hugo Lilja



Super Pulp #5

Austria want to intruduce “Sulper Pulp”. It is horror, science-fiction and of course pulp-magazine culture!


FantaSTine #3

A fanzine written by young authors aimed predominantly at children and teens, with SF stories, articles and reviews, as well as interviews.


Présences d’esprits #96

This French Fanzine exists since 1992 (the oldest still thriving) and just reached its 100 issue !
News fanzine, published 4/year (with critics of books, comics, games and medias, and a special feature).


Journey Planet

A Half Pint of Flann. Edited by James Bacon, Michael Carroll, Chris Garcia, Pádraig Ó Méalóid, this issue of Journey Planet is dedicated to Flann O’Brien (aka Brian O’Nolan or Myles na gCopaleen), the Irish author of At Swim-Two-Birds and The Third Policeman.


Sci-Fan – Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Radio

1st September show in 2019

Sci-Fan has been on air at Radio ARA for over ten years and every other week provides a mix of reviews, discussions, news and music for SF, Fantasy and Horror fans.


ZIN 4/19

ZIN is a fanzine of Wolf’s Pack sci-fi club from Bucharest, with two magazine issues printed
in 2019. 


Aconitum  No. 7-8, 2020

The first fanzine in Russia dedicated to weird fiction and everything adjacent.


Cuentos para Algernon, by Marchetto #7 (2019)

A non-profit on-line fanzine focused on increasing the exposure of short stories written in English in the Spanish market, the blog translates and publishes the stories for free (always with the owner’s permission). It won the 2014 Spanish Ignotus Award for Best Website. Some of the Cuentos para Algernon’s stories have been nominated for the Ignotus Awards, winning in two occasions.



Thalmus by Ursula Poznanski

“Thalamus” is a SF-thriller for teenagers. In the novel the young protagonist has a bike-accident with severe brain damage. He cannot talk and hardly control his movements anymore, but he finds out that some patients in the clinic in even worse condition walk around during the night, what seems to be the result of a futuristic experimental treatment …


The newest installment of the award winning series following the supernatural adventures of six teenage friends. The novel and series has been a hit with young readers and has won critical acclaim and literary awards.


Mers Mortes, by Aurélie WELLENSTEIN

(Scrinéo, 2019) A chilling novel on ecology. In this dark future, oceans and seas disappeared, but ghostly tides and marine fauna wraiths seek revenge on human souls.

Aurelie Wellenstein (1980-) has won many young adult awards since her first novel (2013).


The Invasion by Peadar Ó Guilín

The Invasion is the conclusion to the story begun in The Call. The Invasion was nominated for the 2019 Lodestar Awards (the award for YA that is part of the Hugo Awards ceremonies).


Illustrated Fairytales (Sabrina Kaufmann)

With Illustrated Fairytales Sabrina Kaufmann takes her Manga influenced art to the masses. Sabrina has been working as a freelance illustrator since leaving art school and this is the first major publication of this young talent.


Julia Ivanova. Cycle “Charovodjie”

Seven islands are fraught with many secrets: everything here is saturated with magical power that can be controlled with the help of living stones – charonites, brave defenders riding on winged dragon-hounds patrol the sky, once driven away horsemen suddenly return to avenge long-standing grievances.


Rapunzel con piojos, by Miguel López “El Hematocrítico”

This is the fourth work of a series of children’s books in which López takes traditional fairy tales and gives them a twist in order to use them to depict our modern world and make you think about deep issues. The book, however, is not exemplary, but extremely witty and funny. Hematocrítico’s books have been translated to several languages and are very popular in Asia, mainly in South Korea.



Over the course of two lockdown months in Spring 2020 this webpage published new original works by Croatian SF authors, both established and new, written specifically for the page. The authors had their choice of ten very different topics, all inspired by the literary classic Decameron but with a genre twist. With 52 stories and 48 authors, this webpage was a smash hit with readers and writers.



ActuSF is a French webzine on written, movies and TV SFF news : new books, interviews, special features. It records SF conventions & festivals panels and conferences, building living archives.
The Web Forum has 224 429 messages on 21782 subjects with 2453 members. 14789 members on Facebook.


The Irish Fandom Community Group on Facebook

To keep the enthusiasm and momentum generated by the Dublin 2019 Worldcon going, a Facebook group was created to carry on after the Worldcon had ended, and is open to all interested in supporting Irish Fandom.



Most important Italian podcast on science fiction.


Author’s blog of Vladimir Anikeev

A project that has been going on for over 6 years and is dedicated to science fiction and the Polish magazine “FANTASTYKA”. The author gradually tells about the content and authors of the magazine to Russian readers. Carefully scrutinizing each issue of the magazine has made the blog an invaluable source of information on Polish science fiction.


La nave invisible

La Nave Invisible is a collaborative non-profit project which is focused on improving the visibility of female SFF writers. La nave is a strong team effort of over 25 people dedicated to raise awareness about female authors from all over the world through social media, essays, reviews, translated articles, interviews and a bibliographic library with over 200 entries.




A master artist and illustrator whose works of art blend photography and digital art into enchanting, otherworldly collages. Popular in Croatia and abroad, with multiple books and covers under his belt.


Petri Hiltunen

Hiltunen has produced work in a variety of genres, but is most notable for his fantasy and horror work. He has won the prestigious Puupäähattu award in 2002, which is regarded as the highest honour for Finnish comic artists. He is also a well-known figure in Finnish science fiction fandom and a regular panelist and guest of honour at conventions, such as Finncon.


Philippe CAZA

CAZA (1941-) began in 1970 in comics, magazines, & drew many legendary SF covers. He also worked on the animated films Gandahar, and The Rain Children.
A long time SF fan, he conceived the Rosny (French SF) awards and often gave drawings or created posters for conventions and fandom. 


Iain Clark

Iain Clark created many of the stunning promotional artworks used for the Dublin 2019 WorldCon, and for the bid to host the 2024 WorldCon in Glasgow, Scotland. He created the wraparound cover of the Dublin 2019 Souvenier Book. He was nominated in the Best Fan Artist Category for the 2020 Hugo Awards.


Ken Barthelmey

Ken Barthelmey works mainly in Creature and Character design and his organic renderings are both fascinating and unsettling. He has worked on big productions like the Maze Runner Films, IT!, Bright, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald, The Predator, Godzilla: King of Monsters, and Detective Pikachu 


Tomasz is a Polish artist creating astounding pictures as well as great models. When it comes to graphics he has experience in both traditional and computer graphics.


Adrian Chifu

Adrian Chifu asserted himself as a writer, composer, graphic artist, director, photographer. Member of the electronic music band Urban Experience. Music albums in 1995 and 1997. Ambient and electronic music concerts, starting in 1995. Individual graphic exhibitions, from 1992. Illustrations and covers for magazines and books with sci-fi and fantasy themes.  Short films. Professional photography.


Sergey Shikin

Sergey Shikin is one of the best contemporary Russian artists who designed over 100 books, including those for foreign publishing houses. Has been working with book design since the early 90s. Multiple laureate of local awards for artist. Participated in the art exhibition at the Worldcon, which took place in Dublin.


Enrique Corominas

Corominas has been a prominent illustrator in the Spanish fantastic scene since the 1980’s and has worked for the main publishers in the country, like Gigamesh, Minotauro or Planeta. He is known for his covers for the Game of Thrones series as well as his comic books, like the Dorian Grey graphic novel, originally published in France. He is also a painter whose work is sold across Europe.


Igor Baranko

Ukrainian comic artist, best known for his sardonic and sometimes scary stories.



Marc Elsberg

After his  past bestselling novels Marc Elsberg has released his novel “Gier”. People in the whole world are demonstrating against “greed” (what is actually the meaning of the title), as they demand a socially balanced system. And then it turns into a very exciting near-future future story!


Milena Benini

One of key authors of Croatian SF for decades. A multi-award winnning writer, writing teacher, translator and editor, as well as geek extraordinaire, Milena Benini was a mainstay of SF conventions and a role model for many aspiring authors. Her literary work set a high bar for SF in Croatia and even though she unfortunately passed away this year, her legacy will live on for decades to come.


Johanna Sinisalo

Sinisalo has won the Atorox award for the best Finnish-language SF short story 7 times, and was awarded Finlandia Prize in 2000 for her first novel, which was translated as Not Before Sundown/Troll – A Love Story. It won the James Tiptree Jr. Memorial in 2004. Sinisalo was nominated for a Nebula in 2009 for her novelette Baby Doll. Examples of translated novels Blood of Angels and Core of the Sun 


Philippe CURVAL

Philippe Curval (1929-) is a French science fiction writer, journalist and photograph. 
Since 1960, Curval is one of the most eminent French SF writers.  He wrote more than 100 short stories and 40 novels, some translated in 14 countries, & won many awards.
He is also known for his works of science fiction criticism and as an editor.


Maura McHugh

Maura McHugh has written fiction (Twisted Fairy Tales, Twisted Myths, The Boughs Withered The Boughs Withered (When I Told Them My Dreams), 2000AD), comic books (2000AD, Hellboy: Witchfinder, Jennifer Wilde), radio plays (The Love of Small Appliances).
Her short story “Bone Mother” was adapted into a short stop-motion animated film. She was also a 2018 BFS Best Non-Fiction Award nominee.


Francesco Verso

Multiple awards winner. Published in Italy, USA, UK and China.


Claude Peiffer

Claude Peiffer has been involved with fandom for a long time and will be intimately known to the Perry Rhodan fans for Sternenstaub which he edited between 1994 and 1997. A short story set in the Perry Rhodan universe was awarded and published in Begegnungen an der Grossen Leere in 1996. Between 2009 and 2020 he published five space opera novels in the Hammanon cycle. 


Anna received ESFS Encouragment Award in 2007. In the years since she became really well established as one of the most important SFF writers in Poland. She won Janusz A. Zajdel Award five times. She writes both novels and shorter stories. Both her adult and YA works are a great reading. Apart from SFF she also creates crime fiction.


Gheorghe Sasarman

Gheorghe Sasarman is one of the most prolific Romanian sci-fi writers of all
time. At the 1980 Italian Eurocon, Sasarman was awarded the Europa Prize for the novel 2000, translated into German and published by the Fisher Verlag PH in Munich.
Cuadratura Cercului (Squaring the Circle), published in 1978 has been translated into French, Spanish, German and English (by Ursula K. LeGuin).


Victor Pelevin

Victor Pelevin is a Russian fiction writer. He is a laureate of multiple literary awards including the Russian Little Booker Prize and the Russian National Bestseller. His books are multi-layered postmodernist texts fusing elements of pop culture and esoteric philosophies while carrying conventions of the science fiction genre. Was nominated by Russia for the Nobel Prize in Literature.


José Carlos Somoza

José Carlos Somoza is a Spanish scriptwriter, dramatist and novelist, whose fiction has won several awards, including La Sonrisa Vertical, Café Gijón, Fernando Lara and Hammett. In 2000 his novel Dafne desvanecida was a runner-up for the Premio Nadal. Two years later, La caverna de las ideas won the Gold Dagger for the best crime novel and was translated into over twenty languages.




The publishing house Ohneohren, founded in 2013 by Ingrid Pointecker is specialized in speculative fiction. A focus is on so called “unpopular” topics and on supporting female authors.


Hangar 7

For the past decade Hangar 7 has provided a platform for Croatian authors by publishing both novels and short story collections. They have also been translating SF into Croatian, both from current writers such as Brett and Tchaikovsky as well as classics such as Lafferty, Dick and Lovecraft. They received the Artefakt award for special contribution to Croatian SF fandom.



Famous & respected, this independant publishing house for +30 years publishes French & US authors but also many Europeans as British MOORCOK, PRATCHETT, Jamie SAWYER,  Frances HARDINGE, German ESCHBACH, Kai MEYER, Hans BEMMANN, Thomas VON STEINAECKER,  Italian GUERRINI, Ukrainian DIATCHENKOs, Spanish NEGRETE, LEDESMA, Russian GLUCKHOVSKY, Swiss Laurence SUHNER, GESSLER, ROUILLER…
& many more!


Zona 42

Young small publisher dedicated to quality international science fiction.


Robert ‘Gollo’ Steffen

Robert Steffen edited the first, and so far only, science fiction collection in Luxembourg with contributions in German, French and English, bringing together 20 authors and artists in 1979.


Wydawnictwo MAG

Wydawnictwo MAG was established in 1993. They publish both SF and Fantasy books. MAG publishes almost exclusively translations. They published books by Robin Hobb, Neil Gaiman, Brandon Sanderson, Cassandra Clare, Ada Palmer, and many more. Their books have excellent covers – many of them created by very talented artists from Poland.



Founded in 2002 in Bucharest, publishing marketing and education books.
In 2016 Pavcon founded the Science-Fiction Collection, publishing only Romanian authors. Distinguished in 2018 and 2020, with the ROMCON award for the best sci-fi publishing house. Many of the published authors have been awarded with national prizes. Since 2020 Pavcon has started publishing Romanian authors on Amazon.



It is an imprint of the Eksmo publishing holding, founded in 2016. Fanzon publishes contemporary world fiction. The authors are Joe Abercrombie, Christopher Priest, Liu Cixin, Neal Stephenson, China Mieville, Patrick Rothfuss, Michael Swanwick, James Corey and many others. Also publishes contemporary comics.



Crononauta is a Spanish non-profit independent publisher that showcases feminist science fiction, fantasy and horror literature. They also focus on stories that depict diversity in every way. As publishers of the Binti series, by Nnedi Okorafor, in Spanish, they were honoured with the Ignotus Award for Best Foreign Story in 2019.



Vesna is a writer, a librarian and a passionate cheerleader of SF in Croatia. She organized promotions for SF writers in libraries, and was active in literary workshops and the local NaNoWriMo scene. She was one of the editors of Decameron 2020. She has been organizing educational SF-related larps and workshops and book clubs for children and young adult.


Raymond MILÉSI

French SF writer, anthologist (Mouvances) & active fan for almost 40 years. 
He went to the 2nd French SF national convention (1975) & only missed 4 since!?
Since 1988, he is responsible for their attribution vote and the guardian of their smooth running.
He receives the Cyrano special award in 2018 in Amiens for his writings and his commitment to SF fandom and genre.


Marguerite Smith

Marguerite Smith was the co-division head of Promotions for the Dublin 2019 Worldcon. Many people were involved with promoting the con, but Marguerite was involved from the start of the bid to the very end of the con. Bid Parties, con flyers, social media – her management of the Bid and Con’s promotion and Social Media strategy cannot be understated.


Deep Space One

No profit association dedicated to promoting science fiction in Italy. Founded more than 20 years ago. Eurocon organizer in 2009 and 2020.


Gérard Kraus

Gérard Kraus was a founding member of Luxembourg’s Science Fiction and Fantasy Society in 1995 and has been working towards making science fiction, fantasy and horror in its different media more popular. 
He is the current president of SFFS Luxembourg, the chair of LuxCon, holds an MA in Science Fiction Studies from the University of Liverpool.


Alexey Karavaev 

Author is studying the history of the formation and development of the genre in Russia and the USSR, richly illustrated materials of these studies are published in the form of colorful albums in the series “How fiction was published in the USSR”. Cultural phenomena of the Soviet book subculture as the special book series an the magazines are considered in detail in this albums.


Cristina Jurado

A translator, editor and multiple award-winning author, Jurado has contributed to the promotion of SFF in many ways; she founded ‘Supersonic’, the ESF award winning magazine; she has been the editor of several anthologies, many of them focused on women’s work in SFF and horror; she works in the new bilingual mag ‘Constelación’, and co-edited The Apex Book of World SF#5.


Yuri Shevela

Old fan. Bibliographer of Ukrainian SF and fantasy. Founder of unique Museum of SF and SF.



Sirius B

Since 2011 it has been the only Croatian SF magazine publishing
both translations of current and classic authors, as well as stories by current Croatian authors.



Gandahar is a  quaterly magazine, published since 2014 by Jean-Pierre
Fontana and Christine Brignon. They publish illustrated short stories.


IF – Insolito e Fantastico

One of the Italian Science Fiction magazine.



Esensja is an online pop-culture magazine published since 2000 and available for free. They publish mainly reviews and other articles but it is not uncommon to find there short stories as well.
They write about books, movies, games, music and more. Although they are not limited to SFF it is the main field of their interest.



Helion is a distinguished SF magazine, published by Helion Club Timisoara.
In recent years, six printed issues were published annually.

Some of its long-standing columns are Laborator SF (SF
(Lab), Cronica de familie (Family Review) Alternative (Alternatives),
Meridian SF (SF Meridian), Fototeca (Photo Gallery).


Mu Cephei

Science fiction almanac based on the print on demand platform. A publication for experiments with style and genre diversity: SF and fantasy, magrealism and cosmoopera, sur and horror … A cut of Russian-language fiction here-and-now. Each issue is dedicated to one topic. Distributed electronically (free of charge) and in print.
Chief editor: Alexandra Zlotnitskaya.



Tantrum is a Spanish quarterly magazine, featuring short stories and serial novels focused on a strong sense of wonder. Its compact and contemporary design revisits the concept of pocketbooks. The magazine has been nominated to the Ignotus Awards in 2020.






Silvia Castoldi


Silviu Genescu



Pilar Ramírez Tello



Caroline Hofstätter

Caroline Hofstätter debuted just in 2019 with a short story in the German magazine “phantastisch!”, but it didn’t take long to have a print of her first science-fiction novel “Das Ewigkeits-Projekt” at the publishing house Atlantis in her hands. Her story deals with living in a virtual world – a topic more current than ever!


Zoe Penn

The Library of Secrets is the first novel by young Croatian author Zoe Penn.  It was described by reviewers as “highly creative”, “Indiana Jones for a younger audience” and “filled with characters both human and fantastic, and spiced with many enjoyable twists and turns”.

Zoe Penn describes herself as a writer, reader, coder and a passionate puzzle solver, which inspired her novel.


Edmund Schluessel

A long-short story A Funeral for Massachusetts

Technically, it’s eldritch horror. Under that is the alien-ness of life outside the city to city dwellers, and the inevitability of seeing yourself in that unknown if you look.



Concept artist / character Artist / editor.

SF magazine cover and illustrations.

Also working on for Video Games, Animation Movie, AAA Games, Advertising.


Oein DeBhairduin

Oein DeBhairduin’s first book was published in September 2020. “Why The Moon Travels” is a collection of  tales of spirits, giants and fairies rooted in the oral tradition of the Irish Traveller community, collected throughout his childhood and retold by Oein.


Linda De Santi

Promising young talented author published by Urania.


Jean Bürlesk

Jean Bürlesk is emerging as the first in a range of voices in the nascent field of Luxembourg Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature. He is the recipient of the encouragement award of Luxembourg’s national Servais literature award. 
His short story collection The Pleasure Of Drowning is out from Luna Press.



Diana Alzner – young author launched in recent years in the Romanian sci-fi. Debut in 2009. She published many stories in sci-fi genre magazines. Debut in 2018 with the novel “Tunnel at the end of the world” (Pavcon). In 2019 she published at the short stories volume TROVANTUL, both awarded with the National Prize for
Sci-Fi in 2019 and 2020. She currently works as a teacher in Ramnicu-Valcea.


Olga Rejn

Olga Rajn is a social fiction, fantasy and magical realism writer. Author of numerous stories. In 2017 and 2019, short story collections were printed special project – paired stories female with male authors. The first author’s collection and the first author’s novel were published in 2020.


Haizea Zubieta

A young Spanish author and former cosplayer, Zubieta’s short stories and first novel, ‘Infinitas’, have become very popular among YA readers. A second novel, ‘Tocar el cielo’ –an urban fantasy, vampire story located in Madrid–, was released in July 2020 and a third book will be published in 2021. Zubieta is a women rights’ and LGTB+ activist who also works as a sensitivity reader.


Volodymyr Kuznietsov

Ukrainian sci-fi/horror writer, game designer, comix writer, and metal musician

[Thanks to Edmund Schluessel for the story.]

ESFS Nominations 2019

The European Science Fiction Society has released the 2019 nominees for its Achievement, Hall of Fame and Chrysalis awards.

The winners of these awards will be selected at the next general meeting of the ESFS, which will take place at the 41st Eurocon /Titancon in Belfast from August 22-25.

The nominees in the various categories are contained in the following Dropbox documents.

(I would run the lists here, unfortunately, WordPress doesn’t support all of the characters, nor can I work around that by substituting code.)

ESFS Nominations 2018

The European Science Fiction Society has released the nominees for its Achievement, Hall of Fame and Chrysalis awards.

The winners of these awards will be selected at the next general meeting of the ESFS, which will take place at the 40th Eurocon in Amiens from July 19-22.

The nominees in the various categories are contained in the following documents.

(I would run the lists here, unfortunately, WordPress doesn’t support all of the characters, nor can I work around that by substituting code.)