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Koĩos: New Austrian publishing house on speculative fiction

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Koĩos – this is the name of a titan in the Greek mythology, a son of Gaia (earth) and Uranus (heaven) – and of a new Austrian publishing house on speculative fiction. The enterprise may not be a giant so far, but founded in October 2012 by Dr. Michael Ritter with already a bunch of fantasy books in its program, actually on its best way! Unlike others, Koĩos will focus on books in original language (German) only instead of translations.

This month (May 2013) the first science-fiction novel, Hard Boiled written by Marco Rauch had been published. There are not many science-fiction novels of Austrian authors published these days, and if, usually by German publishers, as there are more possibilities and the two nations share the same mother tongue anyway. I haven´t read Hard Boiled so far, though I ordered it, but I am very curious about the work of this young author and the local setting of a post-apocalyptic Vienna.

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Nina Horvath has studied at the University of Vienna. Her mother tongue is German. She is a keen author of short stories and published over two dozens in zines and anthologies. Her favourite genre is science-fiction. She had also been editor of the short story collections "Die Schattenuhr", "Metamorphosen - Auf den Spuren H.P. Lovecrafts" and "Darwins Schildkröte". In 2012 she won the awards "Vincent Preis" for the best horror anthology and the "Deutscher Phantastik Preis" for the best fantastic short story. (This one was also 3rd at the "DSFP" for the best science-fiction story.)

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