The Speculative Fiction in Translation site is now up and running !
Congratulations, Rachel !
Rachel will be adding a lot more content in the coming days, and she is politely-asking contributions from people interested in writing about spec fic in translation (please forward this to anyone you know who might be interested).
Thanks, and any feedback would be much appreciated!
“Welcome, lovers of speculative fiction.
For the past two years, I’ve been reading a lot of spec fic in (English) translation and am constantly amazed at the rich diversity of the genre and its iterations around the world. I started reviewing spec fic in translation at SF Signal in 2014, and thanks in large part to John DeNardo’s support, I’ve forged some wonderful connections with publishers, authors, translators, bloggers, and readers who all recognize the importance of reading stories from other cultures and traditions.
Thus we learn just how similar we humans are, and how fascinatingly different.
Speculative fiction offers us a unique perspective on the different peoples who call this planet home, and translation is itself a way of turning the alien into the familiar.
This is why I want this site to be a home for all sorts of information on the genre (and thus a continuation of the World SF blog created by Lavie Tidhar): we’ll have reviews of the latest translated spec fic; interviews with authors, translators, publishers, editors, etc.; a massive and always-updated bibliography of every translated work of speculative fiction (yes, it’s a tall order, which is why I’m counting on you to help me); and many other features.
So for those of you who have found yourself wondering what Romanian science fiction is like, or why people are so pumped about the Three-Body Trilogy, this is the place for you. I’ll be politely asking (i.e. demanding) contributions to this site from all of you wonderful readers, so get ready. Thanks, and in the words of a great starship captain…ENGAGE!” – Rachel Cordasco
Rachel S. Cordasco is a lover of all things literary, operatic, and yarn-y.
She earned a Ph.D in Literary Studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2010, and taught courses in American and British literature, and Composition. She also worked at the Wisconsin Historical Society Press.
Currently, she writes for Book Riot and (formerly) for SF Signal.