Schwarzenbergs on the Moon (feat. Julie Novakova & Vilma Kadlečková)
Uchronia refers to a hypothetical or fictional time-period of our world, in contrast to altogether fictional lands or worlds. A concept similar to alternate history but different in the manner that uchronic times are not easily defined, mainly placed in some distant or unspecified point in time, sometimes reminiscent of a constructed world. In this episode Giuseppe Porcaro , Julie Novakova and Vilma Kadlečková experiment with the genre and they explore a universe where noble families still rule over Europe, feudalism never fell, and perhaps the Austria-Hungary Empire would still be alive. But most importantly, we are in the future, and royal families run the businesses, including space stations, and top notch research to find the source of eternal youth. Vilma Kadlečková has written the comprehensive pentalogy Mycelium, a complex work in which humanity is merely a less advanced species within the universe. The majority of her works belong to the “Legends of Argenite” cycle. These are tales on the boundary of science fiction and fantasy, mapping the future history of the universe, which is similar to ours, but which contains “argenite”: a fictional mineral serving as a source of energy with psychotronic powers. Vilma received the Book of the Year award from the Czech Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror, and the Best Original Czech and Slovak Book of the Year 2013. Julie Novakova is not only an author and a translator but also an evolutionary biologist and takes a keen interest in planetary science. She has published short fiction in Clarkesworld, Asimov’s, Analog and elsewhere. Some of her works have been also translated into Chinese, Romanian, Estonian, German, Filipino and Portuguese. She received the Encouragement Award of the European science fiction and fantasy society in 2013, the Aeronautilus award for the best Czech short story of 2014 and 2015, and for the best novel of 2015. She’s currently polishing her first novel in English and translating more Czech stories into English. Giuseppe Porcaro is the author of DISCO SOUR, a novel about Europe and democracy in the age of algorithms, among the winners of the Altiero Spinelli Prize for Outrech of the European Union in 2018. Giuseppe is interested in how the intersection between technology and politics is moving towards uncharted territories in the future. He also focuses on narrative-building and political representations in the European Union. He works as the head of communications for Bruegel.
StarShipSofa No 527 Julie Novakova and G. V. Anderson
Patreon support now standing at 401 – last week 398. Help us get to 500 Patreon Supporters. Bitcoin address: 1FcqW3GEWFX9tuoyFrn1ySKoeybyc3J4W9Ethereum address: 0xacC43A99b1eDe0e4a04B43A7A7fa3aA476B87EAA Main Fiction: "Etude for an Extraordinary Mind" by Julie NovakovaOriginally published in Futuristica Julie Novakova is a Czech author and translator of science fiction, fantasy and detective stories. She has published short fiction in Clarkesworld, Asimov’s, Analog and other magazines and anthologies, and her translations of other authors’ work appeared in Tor.com, Strange Horizons and F&SF. Her work in Czech includes seven novels, one anthology (“Terra Nullius”) and over thirty short stories and novelettes. Julie is an evolutionary biologist by study and also takes a keen interest in planetary science. She’s currently working on her first novel in English and on translating more Czech stories into English. Read more at www.julienovakova.com, Twitter @Julianne_SF and Facebook fb.com/JulieNovakovaAuthor.Narrated by: Abra Staffin-WiebeAbra Staffin-Wiebe loves dark science fiction, cheerful horror, and futuristic fairy tales. Dozens of her short stories have appeared at publications including Tor.com, Escape Pod, and Odyssey Magazine. She lives in Minneapolis, where she wrangles her children, pets, and the mad scientist she keeps in the attic. When not writing or wrangling, she collects folk tales and photographs whatever stands still long enough to allow it. Win one of ten signed copies of A Circus of Brass and Bone, a post-apocalyptic steampunk alternate history, by going to her Goodreads giveaway at https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/273408-a-circus-of-brass-and-bone, open February 12 - March 12.Short Fiction: "Butterfly Eyes" by G. V. Anderson‘G. V. Anderson is a British writer whose professional debut, Das Steingeschöpf, won the World Fantasy Award for Best Short Fiction in 2017. Her stories have appeared or are forthcoming in Syntax & Salt, Strange Horizons, and F&SF.’Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/starshipsofa. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
This episode features "Deep Down in the Cloud" written by Julie Novakova. Published in the February 2018 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine and read by Kate Baker. The text version of this story can be found at: http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/novakova_02_18 Support us on Patreon at http://patreon.com/clarkesworld
Patreon Support if greatly appreciated Main Fiction: "The Ship Whisperer" by Julie Novakova Originally published in Asimov'sJulie Novakova is a Czech author and translator of science fiction, fantasy and detective stories. She has published short fiction in Clarkesworld, Asimov's, Fantasy Scroll, Persistent Visions and other magazines and anthologies. Her work in Czech includes seven novels, one anthology (Terra Nullius) and over thirty short stories and novelettes. Some of her works have been translated into Chinese, Romanian and Estonian. She received the Encouragement Award of the European science fiction and fantasy society in 2013 and won the Aeronautilus Award (“Czech equivalent of Hugo”) three times. She is an evolutionary biologist by study, takes a keen interest in planetary science and engages in science outreach. She’s currently working on her first novel in English. Follow her on Twitter @Julianne_SF.Narrated by: Juliana EricksonImagining herself as the heroine in all her favorite stories, Juliana Erickson has always enjoyed exploring new and fantastic worlds. Off the pages, she has explored much of our own world, even calling Hawaii and Italy her other homes. Between adventures, and workouts at the kickboxing gym, she likes watching anything with dinosaurs, vikings, or aliens. Juliana’s mild-mannered alter ego is an instructional designer living in SoCal with her husband and their art collection. Follow the adventures of Juliana at VaultandVeil.com.Support this show http://supporter.acast.com/starshipsofa. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.