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2 Sep 2019

By: Bora Chung
Translated by: Anton Hur
She reached to flush the toilet again. The head sputtered, “N-no, just a minute—" She stayed her hand and looked down at the head in the toilet. It was probably more accurate to refer to it as “a thing that vaguely looks like a head” than an actual head. It was about two-thirds the size of an adult’s head and resembled a lump of carelessly slapped-together yellow and gray clay, with a few scattered clumps of wet hair.
어느 날 물을 내리고 화장실을 막 나오려 할 때였다. “어머니.”
By: Ji Yun
Translated by: Yi Izzy Yu
Translated by: John Yu Branscum
Life is filled with strange happenings that are hard to fit into our understanding of the world. Many we let pass in order to get on with our days. But this was not something I could let pass. I talked to Tiechan’s neighbors and his friends, his family members and his enemies. Slowly, I pieced together what had pushed my friend to his tragic end. This is what I discovered.
By: Ji Yun
申铁蟾,名兆定,阳曲人。以庚辰举人,官知县。主余家最久,庚戍秋在陕西试用,忽寄一札与余诀,其词恍惚迷离 ,抑郁幽咽,都不省为何语。而铁蟾固非不得志者,疑不能明也。
All poets wanted to be astronauts first / but the world was too real
Todos los poetas quisieron ser astronautas primero / Pero el mundo fue demasiado real
By: Ji Yun
Podcast read by: Yi Izzy Yu
Translated by: Yi Izzy Yu
Translated by: John Yu Branscum
28 Nov 2019
We're delighted to welcome John Yu Branscum and Yi Izzy Yu to the blog, to tell us more about their translation of Ji Yun, and their work on Chinese anomaly tales, or zhiguai. You can read their translation of Ji Yun's Guests from the Sky in the September 2019 issue of Samovar, alongside the original Chinese. They are both writers and translators, and teach at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. They are one of two finalists for the The International Gabo Prize for Literature in Translation & Multilingual Texts from Antioch University/Lunch Ticket Magazine.
9 Oct 2019
Umberto Eco once pessimistically said that “translation is the art of failure”. In contrast, I say that this precious craft is the art of success because without literary translation, we are all separate dots in an ocean of failures.
By: K. A. Teryna
Translated by: Alex Shvartsman
24 Jul 2019
Short stories tend to have much shorter lifespans than novels do. As such, a translation is a form of reincarnation. The end result is the same story, but also a completely different one at the same time. The first level of changes is due to the different language operating under another structure, a different set of ties binding the abstract with the specific. But there's also the second level, a more intimate level where the story surreptitiously obtains new properties after it’s been processed through the mind of the translator.
28 Jun 2019
I got into translation for the same reason many people get into blogging, writing reviews, and other fannish activities: I loved certain stories and felt the strong desire to share them with my friends. Except many of my genre-reading friends do not speak Russian. And while I'm not a reviewer and am a lazy blogger at best, in this case I had, ahem, a particular set of skills…
Issue 24 Jun 2019
By: K.A. Teryna
Translated by: Alex Shvartsman
By: Houyem Ferchichi
Translated by: Ali Znaidi
By: Hawad
Translated by: André Naffis-Sahely
Translated by: Hélène Claudot-Hawad
Strange Horizons
Strange Horizons
2 Apr 2019
Ma io penso che gli scrittori di fantascienza non siano profeti, sono solo narratori, ecco perché ci sono sia cose buone che cattive che provengono dalla grande attenzione che riceviamo.
2 Apr 2019
Science fiction writers are not prophets, we’re just story-tellers, that’s why there’s both good and bad things coming from the attention we receive.
25 Mar 2019
For the latest of our author/ translator interview series, we're delighted to welcome H. Pueyo, writer and translator of 'Saligia', in our March 2019 issue. We asked her to tell us more about the story, and her experiences of writing and translating. Can you tell us more about yourself and your writing – what first got you into speculative fiction? Writing is an old passion of mine; it never occurred to me to do anything else in my life since I was a very small child, so it’s hard to separate myself from it. That being said, I’m very new to speculative fiction!…
Issue 25 Mar 2019
By: H. Pueyo
Translated by: H. Pueyo
By: Bo Balder
Translated by: Bo Balder
By: Adam Fethi
Translated by: Hager Ben Driss
By: Mike Jansen
Translated by: Mike Jansen
9 Dec 2018
For the latest in our author/ translator interview series, we're delighted to welcome Mike Jansen, writer and translator of the story 'Fluxless'/ 'Fluxloos', which appears in our December 3rd, 2018 issue. Mike was kind enough to provide bilingual answers to our questions, so we hope you enjoy reading more about his work, and about the Dutch SF scene. Kun je ons iets over jezelf en je schrijven vertellen – hoe ben je ooit begonnen met fantastische literatuur? Can you tell us more about yourself and your writing – what first got you into speculative fiction? Ik heb altijd alles gelezen dat los en vast zat, sciencefiction, fantasy en horror.…
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