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Artist, Heather Oliver             

Planetfall in Nowa Fantastyka

NW coverSome may recall that, back in January, the reprint of “Planetfall” at the World SF site caught the eye of Nowa Fantastyka, a prominent, long-lived Polish SF/F magazine. They asked me if they could publish the story in Polish.

I asked fiction editor Marcin Zwierzchowski if it was all right for my friend Aneta Bronowska to vet the translation, since my Polish is non-existent. Aneta combines three attributes that made her ideal for this task: she was born in Poland and has lived there all her life; she has exquisite antennae; and she’s intimately familiar with the Spider Silk universe. I knew the translation was good when Aneta said it made her cry, like its English original.

The Nowa Fantastyka issue with my story just appeared: here’s a link to a promotional copy of the magazine that shows selected pages. This is the second translation of my work — To Seek Out New Life came out in Japanese — but the first one of my fiction. The promotional file does not show that the story bears an illustration that Aneta was kind enough to scan and send me. It’s a lovely, otherworldly rendition that encapsulates nearly all the elements in the story – except for the amulet/command module that traverses each portion of the story like a falling star.

Planetfall NF W

My thanks to Lavie Tidhar, Sarah Newton, Marcin Zwierzchowski and Aneta Bronowska, who made this possible.

6 Responses to “Planetfall in Nowa Fantastyka”

  1. Caliban says:

    Terrific news!

  2. Astronist says:

    Thanks for the link to your “Planetfall”, which I had not seen before, and enjoyed reading. It didn’t make me cry (probably because I was struggling a bit with all the unfamiliar names), but you clearly have a very original personal style.


  3. Athena says:

    Thanku! Now if only the other stories of this universe would find a home…

  4. Athena says:

    The names are Hellenic names that have “drifted” over time, Stephen. So they’re not really exotic. As for crying, different people have different sensibilities. Glad you found the storytelling original.

  5. intrigued_scribe says:

    Excellent news!

  6. Athena says:

    Thank you, dear Heather! Yet although this illustration does capture many elements of the story, you know well that the definitive portrayals of this universe come from your hand…