Sunday, January 08, 2006


"Uno Zero"

Coming close on the heels of my first appearance in Russian (more here), yesterday's mail brought my contributor copy of issue 47 of the Italian SF magazine Robot, from Delos Books. It didn't arrive in packaging half as cool as my copy of Esli last month, but Robot edges out the Russian mag as the more enjoyable experience as I got the chance to meet the Robot folks at WorldCon in Glasgow last fall, and the translator peppered me with a question or two by email,

I share a ToC with Greg Egan and a few Italian SF writers whose names I hadn't previously encountered. There's also an interview with Tim Burton that makes me wish I read Italian, and articles about WorldCon, SF movies and remakes, and reviews of DVDs and books. It's an interesting package, about the size and production quality of F&SF, but equally devoted to media SF as to fiction.

One of the most intriguing aspects of selling stories into foreign markets is these little glimpses of other genre scenes. Similar, but distinct. In the immortal words of Vincent Vega, "It's the little differences. I mean they got the same shit over there that they got here, but it's just - it's just there it's a little different." I couldn't have said it better.

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