miércoles, 20 de febrero de 2019

Finalistas de los Premios Nebula 2018

Se acaban de anunciar los finalistas de los Premios Nebula 2018, que son los siguientes:

  • The Calculating Stars, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)
  • The Poppy War, R.F. Kuang (Harper Voyager US; Harper Voyager UK)
  • Blackfish City, Sam J. Miller (Ecco; Orbit UK)
  • Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik (Del Rey; Macmillan)
  • Witchmark, C.L. Polk (Tor.com Publishing)
  • Trail of Lightning, Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga)
Novela corta
  • Fire Ant, Jonathan P. Brazee (Semper Fi)
  • The Black God’s Drums, P. Djèlí Clark (Tor.com Publishing)
  • The Tea Master and the Detective, Aliette de Bodard (Subterranean)
  • Alice Payne Arrives, Kate Heartfield (Tor.com Publishing)
  • Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach, Kelly Robson (Tor.com Publishing)
  • Artificial Condition, Martha Wells (Tor.com Publishing)
  • The Only Harmless Great Thing, Brooke Bolander (Tor.com Publishing)
  • “The Last Banquet of Temporal Confections”, Tina Connolly (Tor.com 7/11/18)
  • “An Agent of Utopia”, Andy Duncan (An Agent of Utopia)
  • “The Substance of My Lives, the Accidents of Our Births”, José Pablo Iriarte (Lightspeed 1/18)
  • “The Rule of Three”, Lawrence M. Schoen (Future Science Fiction Digest 12/18)
  • “Messenger”, Yudhanjaya Wijeratne and R.R. Virdi (Expanding Universe, Volume 4)
Relato corto
  • “Interview for the End of the World”, Rhett C. Bruno (Bridge Across the Stars)
  • “The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington”, Phenderson Djèlí Clark (Fireside 2/18)
  • “Going Dark”, Richard Fox (Backblast Area Clear)
  • “And Yet”, A.T. Greenblatt (Uncanny 3-4/18)
  • “A Witch’s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies”, Alix E. Harrow (Apex 2/6/18)
  • “The Court Magician”, Sarah Pinsker (Lightspeed 1/18)
Guion de juegos
  • Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, Charlie Brooker (House of Tomorrow & Netflix)
  • The Road to Canterbury, Kate Heartfield (Choice of Games)
  • God of War, Matt Sophos, Richard Zangrande Gaubert, Cory Barlog, Orion Walker, and Adam Dolin (Santa Monica Studio/Sony/Interactive Entertainment)
  • Rent-A-Vice, Natalia Theodoridou (Choice of Games) 
  • The Martian Job, M. Darusha Wehm (Choice of Games)
Premio Ray Bradbury (presentación dramática)
  • The Good Place: “Jeremy Bearimy”, Written by: Megan Amram
  • Black Panther, Written by: Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole
  • A Quiet Place, Screenplay by: John Krasinski, Bryan Woods, and Scott Beck
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Screenplay by: Phil Lord and Rodney Rothman
  • Dirty Computer, Written by: Janelle Monáe and Chuck Lightning
  • Sorry to Bother You, Written by: Boots Riley
Premio Andre Norton (libro juvenil)
  • Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi (Henry Holt; Macmillan)
  • Aru Shah and the End of Time, Roshani Chokshi (Rick Riordan Presents)
  • A Light in the Dark, A.K. DuBoff (BDL)
  • Tess of the Road, Rachel Hartman (Random House)
  • Dread Nation, Justina Ireland (Balzer + Bray)
  • Peasprout Chen: Future Legend of Skate and Sword, Henry Lien (Henry Holt)

jueves, 14 de febrero de 2019

Leticia Lara interviews Adrian Tchaikovsky

Leticia Lara has interviewed science fiction and fantasy author Adrian Tchaikovsky and has been so kind as to letting us publish the English version here, on Sense of Wonder. Remember that you can read the translation into Spanish at Leticia's wonderful blog, Fantástica Ficción. Enjoy!

Leticia Lara: Your novel Children of Time has been published in Spain as Herederos del tiempo and in the future we will also see Spiderlight translated. What do you think about getting published in our country? Can you tell us something about the translation process?   

Adrian TchaikovskyI’m absolutely delighted that I’m now published in Spanish, and it’s especially nice to see Spiderlight get the attention. I visited Spain for the Celsius festival a few years back and was delighted by the enthusiasm and energy of the fantasy fans there, and I’ve been desperate to get into print in Spanish ever since.

LL: Recently, you have announced the beginning of your new career as a full-time writer. How did you manage to write so much while still working as a lawyer? Have you noticed any difference in the way you write now?

ATI think my natural writing style tends to be fairly economical – I don’t do a lot of multiple drafts or re-writing, but try to get things as prepared as possible before I embark on a book, meaning, hopefully, I can use my time efficiently. I am also lucky enough to write well late in the evening.

LL: This year you are going to publish three books (that we know of…): Cage of Souls, Children of Ruin and Walking to Aldebaraan. (Seriously, when did you invent the time-travel machine?). Maybe the most waited-for is the sequel to Children of Time but... what can you tell us about the three of them?

So Children of Ruin is indeed the sequel to Children of Time, and picks up from the hook in the very last epilogue chapter of that book, with the expedition to another terraforming site. Cage of Souls is a very different book – and the write-up on Amazon that my editor provided is probably a better pitch for it than anything I could do, but it’s a book set in the far future when the world is simultaneously dying and erupting with new life. The hero is a political dissenter sent to a prison out in the hostile jungles, and from there he gets to watch his world fall apart. Plus lots of monsters and some duels and murders. Walking to Aldabaraan is a novella about an astronaut who is sent as part of a team to investigate a bizarre alien object out around the orbit of Pluto, and who gets lost inside its impossible interior, which defies time and space. He’s trying to get home but he’s beginning to understand that if he does, neither his home nor himself may be the same as they were.

LL: Some of your books have an audiobook version. For example, Guns of the Dawn was performed by the wonderful Emma Newman. What do you think about this way of reading?

ATI have become a big fan of audiobooks myself, and I’ve been very lucky that everyone picked to read one of mine has done a really good job of it. Audiobooks for me are a great way to re-experience books that I’ve read on paper because the narrator’s voice adds so much additional context.

LL: Are spiders your “trademark” as a writer? They seem to appear in different ways in a lot of your books. 

ATI am very fond of spiders, although I’m also fond of arthropods in general, plus octopuses, reptiles and just about anything else that most people don’t like. Spiders have proved to be a particularly useful tool to write about because, of all Creatures, they are probably the most despised by most people. Hence if you want shorthand for an outsider or something inhuman, spiders are a Good bet.

LL: In Spiderlight you take the preconceptions readers may have about the classic D&D partyRedemption's Blade the story starts at an unusual point: the Big Bad Guy has been already defeated and the characters try to find a sense of purpose. These are very far from what one usually expects about this genre. What are you trying to achieve by introducing these changes into a classic fantasy story?
and you twist them with the introduction of a wild card. In

ATWell, first off, the regular way of telling epic fantasy stories – Good defeats evil in a big fight – has been done a lot, and the one thing I do feel I have to try for is originality. Hence I love fantasy stories, but I want to give them my own spin. Also traditional fantasy (at least the post-Tolkien wave of the 80’s and 90’s, say) had many Works that didn’t really examine the implications of the worlds they were setting up – characterising everything as Good or evil means that Good gets to slaughter evil without remorse, and in both Spiderlight and Redemption’s Blade I really wanted to deconstruct this genre tradition and challenge it a bit. 

LLDogs of War and Ironclads are two novellas set on a near future. Both present to the reader possible problems of warfare-applied technology. However, Children of Time is set in the far future, Earth is not a relevant scenario and the spotlight is shared between a ragtag assortment Humanity's leftovers and a brand new species and its evolutionary road. What kind of science fiction do you like the best to write? 

(NOTE: Dogs of War is a full novel, albeit a shorter one)

ATHonestly it’s a matter of letting the key concept of the book dictate the setting. Children of Time could only be a far future book because the spider evolution needed time to work. Ironclads and Dogs of War are both very much about the Now – our attitudes to wealth and privilege, to class and service and to the immediate future of humanity, hence if they’d been set in the far future they wouldn’t have the same impact.

LL: You've written many different books besides the previously mentioned like Guns of the Dawn a sort of Pride, Prejudice and Women at War, the Echoes of the Fall trilogy and the very impressive Shadows of the Apt (10 novel plus short stories!). At this rate, you'll end up writing on every format and about every main topic in science fiction and fantasy. Why is your range that wide?

ATThus far, I have stayed very much within genre, and I like to stretch myself about that far. I don’t tend to write horror (although there are some sections of some of my books that go there, a Little), I have occasionally cast looks at neighbouring genres like historical or crime/thriller, but I’m not one to assume that shifting styles like that would be easy, and I know I’d need a proper period of acclimatisation before I tried it.

LL: Maybe it is not well-known that you are a frequent boardgame player. Do you think some of your stories could be taken as a basis for developing a game? Which kind of games are your favorites?

ATI would absolutely love to see a board game (or any game) based on my work! I’m personally something of a Eurogame player a lot of the time, and I like games that generate an emergent story just from the way the rules and player choices interact.

LL: What can you tell us about your new projects?

ATI have just sent my agent the manuscript for a book called “The Brain Garden” (although it could be called something quite different by the time it hits the shelves) which is a great big story about parallel timelines and evolution and a whole load of other stuff. There’s also a novella I’ve just finished which is partly about wizards and partly about mental health, which was interesting to try. I’m still searching around for a title for that one.

viernes, 8 de febrero de 2019

Vídeo: Presentación de La increíble historia de Mara y el sol que cayó del cielo, de Abel Amutxategi (Celsius 2018)

El vídeo de esta semana corresponde a la presentación de La increíble historia de Mara y el sol que cayó del cielo, de Abel Amutxategi. Participa el autor acompañado de Virginia de la Fuente. 

¡Espero que os guste!

viernes, 1 de febrero de 2019

Vídeo: Multipresentación de antologías de autoras (Celsius 2018)

Retomo la publicación de vídeos del pasado Celisus 2018 (aunque parezca increíble, aún me quedan unos cuantos) con la grabación de la multipresentación de las antologías de autoras Terroríficas, Alucinadas IV, I Premio Ripley y Distópicas y Poshumanas. Participan Teresa López-Pellisa, Lola Robles, Iria Parente, Sofía Rhei, María Jesús Sánchez y Caryanna Reuven.

¡Espero que os guste!