“Planet Europa SF”, SF Story Collection edited by Gloria McMillan (USA)

    We need writers who know the difference between production of a market commodity and the practice of an art. Developing written material to suit sales strategies in order to maximize corporate profit is not quite the same thing as responsible book publishing or authorship.” –  Ursula K.Le Guin

    The in-progress table of contents of “Planet Europa SF”, Speculative Fiction Story Collection, edited by Gloria McMillan (USA):

    Austria: “The Scent Organ” by Nina Horvath

    Belgium: “Ambassadresses” by Yossi Faybish

    Bosnia: “The Triglav Complex” and “Oh My God” by Adnadin Jasarević

    Croatia:  “Apologue: On Climbing the Mountain of Life” by Darko Suvin and “The Trains Must Keep Running” by Ivan Lutz

    Czech Republic: “Toothsome Smile, an Artificial Death” by Eva Hauserová  and “Spirit and Opportunity” by Božena Čechalová

    Denmark: “The Lost Thunderegg” by Manfred Christiansen

    Estonia:  “Laughter from the Past” by Siim Veskimees

    France : “Elsa’s Eyes” by Sylvie Lainé  and “Louvre Moon” by Catherine Dufour

    Germany: “The Spirits” by Michael Iwoleit

    Greece:  “A Digital Agony” by Alekos Papodopoulos

    Hungary: “The Last Writer” by Botond Markovics

    Italy: “Midsummer Future” by Francesco Verso

    Kosovo: “The Keeper of Dreams” by Fortesa Latifi

    The Netherlands: “Agent of Change” by Mike Jansen

    Romania: “Love according to ‘Ticks’” by Dănuț Ungureanu and “Navigating through Fog” by Ioana Vișan

    Serbia:  “Awakening” by Stevan Šarčević

    Slovenia: “The Time Credit,” “Star Child,” „The DVD of Life” by Bojan Ekselenski

    Spain: “The Road” by Rodolfo Martinez

    Ukraine: “A Taste for Knowledge” by Vladimir Arenev

    Yiddish: “A Flying Saucer lands on Temple Emanu-El” by Marleen S. Barr

    Science fiction is “out there” flourishing in many places little-known to English-speaking readers. If we make a short investigation, there is much evidence to show that science fiction and the broader speculative fiction has various roots of which the United States variety is but one offshoot.

    In Europe speculative themes that touch space travel and automata go back a long way, as well. The classical era, Greek comic playwright Aristophanes penned several plays that carry the seeds of later science fiction, at least the theme of flying to the clouds;  The Clouds (423 BCE), The Birds (414 BCE) and The Peace. The noted science fiction critic L. Sprague de Camp, as well as others authors and critics, cite the Greek writer Lucian of Samosata’s 2nd-century satire True History as a noteworthy precursor of today’s science fiction because the tales include travel to outer space and interplanetary warfare, but in the True History there is no actual science or exploration of current technology. Most ancient sources did not explain their wonders in terms of scientific methods.

    Did the European SF and US-based stream begin merging since the dawn of the twentieth Century with improved travel speed and communications? Perhaps the European science fiction branched from the ancient Greeks down to Frankenstein.” – Gloria McMillan

    Gloria McMillan, Ph.D. Research Associate, Dept. of English, University of Arizona, U.S.A.

    Editor, Orbiting Ray Bradbury’s Mars: Biographical, Anthropological, Literary, Scientific and Other Perspectives (Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy),  McFarland Pub., 2013.



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