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The SFWA European Hall of Fame: Sixteen Contemporary Masterpieces of Science Fiction from the Continent

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  73 ratings  ·  22 reviews
This is the best book of its kind in at least two decades.It isa literate, intelligent bookof powerful SF stories from across Europe.

These tales are representativeof the best writers and stories of the last twenty years, written in most of the major contemporary European languages.

The SFWA European Hallof Fameincludessomeof the biggest SF names in Europe, including Joanna
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published June 12th 2007 by Tor Books
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Separations by Jean-Claude Dunyach 3/5
A Birch Tree, A White Fox by Elena Arsenieva 3/5
Sepultura by Valerio Evangelisti 4/5
The Fourth Day of Eternity by Ondrej Neff 3/5
Baby Doll by Johanna Sinisalo 3/5
"Yoo Retoont, Sneogg. Ay Noo." by Marek Huberath 3/5
The Day We Went Through the Transition by Ricard de la Casa & Pedro Romero 4/5
Athos Emfovos in the Temple of Sound by Panagiotis Koustas 2/5
Some Earthlings' Adventures on Outerria by Lucian Merisca 5/5
Destiny, Inc. by Sergei
In the introduction, the editor James Marrow relates a joke: “What's the difference between Europeans and Americans? Europeans think one hundred miles is a long distance, and Americans thinks one hundred years is a long time.” This basically sets up the reader to question if there is a difference between European and American science fiction.

The stories selected for this anthology can give the reader cause to ponder. There are good stories here that don't seem to quite fit the standard American
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
Only a few of these stories were really brilliant (par for the course for most anthologies, really), but it's interesting to see what's happening in European SF. The mini-overviews from the introductions to each story are also useful in this regard. So far as I could tell (not having read the originals), all the translations were good.

I thought that the stories by Johanna Sinisalo and Sergei Lukyanenko were probably the most gripping, but the one by José Antonio Cotrina was pretty interesting to
Some translated Euro shorts that us anglo-speakers don't normally see. There's a more open-ended, slightly pretentious woolliness to some of them that I found fairly annoying at the time, but several of them have stayed with me, so that can't be all bad. Others are just a bit silly, but short and sweet for all that.

There are some that hit home or hold together though. The Danish offering about a past-seeded world and a couple doomed to solve its conundrum is very evocative & holds its tone w
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Kyle Muntz
I decided to back and read a few more stories from this anthology, and I'm glad I did. Major standouts were "Separations" by Jean-Claude Dunyach and especially "Some Earthlings Adventures on Outrerria" by Lucian Meriska, one of the best pieces of absurdism I've ever read. In general, the stories were a little too cold for me, but they were impressionistic, subdued, and really impressive intellectually, with an emphasis on interiority that's really missing in American SF. In general, I'm not a fa ...more
Ed Erwin
The only unifying theme in this anthology is that the authors are European. Thus there is a wide variety of styles and themes, and the stories were probably chosen somewhat haphazardly, based in large part on who could be found to translate what into English.

For me, most of these stories were just OK, but a few really impressed me. I am glad to see that some of the authors I already know from their writings in French, or their translations into French in Utopiae and elsewhere, are getting some
An interesting if ultimately rather disappointing collection. While there are a few excellent stories (I wholeheartedly recommend the selections by Johanna Sinisalo, Lucian Merişca, Sergei Lukayenko and Andreas Eschenbach) much of what is featured here is tired and lackluster and some of it is much closer in feel and form to literary fantasy than science fiction as currently understood in virtually any nation (José Antonio Cotrina's 'Between the Lines, a Borgesian tale, is a clear example of thi ...more
Bella l'idea di dare risalto alla fantascienza europea (ma l'idea doveva venire per forza agli americani?), l'antologia è godibile, ovviamente non ho apprezzato allo stesso livello tutti i racconti ma questo ovviamente dipende dal gusto personale.

I racconti più interessanti quindi per me sono:
Baby doll (J. Sinislao), Pezzi di ricambio (M. S. Huberath), Sepultura (V. Evangelisti), Destiny Inc (S. Lukyanenko), Tra le righe (J. A. Cotrina) e Le meraviglie dell'universo (A. Eschebach).

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Chris Duval
Some thoughts. Johanna Sinisalo's 'Baby Doll' (2002, trans. 2007 from Finnish by David Hackston) is a dystopia that reminds me of the remembered victimization of the protagonist in Gwyneth Jones' "Bold as Love." Panagiotis Koustas' 'Athos Emfavos in the Temple of Sound (2003, trans. 2007 by Mary and Gary Mitchell) is redeemed by its ending: a political taking of the community spaces unmarred by a Mayor Daley. Lucian Marişca's 'Some Earthlings' Adventures in Outrerria' (1994, trans. 1995-2007 fro ...more
Benjamin Kahn
I enjoyed pretty well every story in this collection. Very good selections and a generally high-calibre of work. Not one dud in the bunch.
Chris Ajello
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A Blue and Cloudless Sky
This one is worth it for the story "A Birch Tree, A White Fox" alone, but there are some other gems as well. I remember reading in the introduction that the editors chose these stories very carefully, and I think it shows. Some truly excellent short fiction here.
Jan 19, 2009 Danielle rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Science fiction and short story fans
A great collection of science fiction short stories (translated from the original) from a broad swath of continental Europe. I will definitely pick up other works by many of the authors included in this collection.
A really good European anthology, ideal to get a sample of the European way of doing SF. And the forewords by Jim an Kathy Morrow is a good introduction to the main themes and tropes in Europe. Definitely worth a try.
Frederick Gault
Decent collection of translated contemporary Science Fiction. Some of the stories are quite good, some less so, all worth reading.
Douglas Summers-Stay
A little bit odder than your usual best-of collection. It's like science fiction as if it were written by the aliens.
Raccolta di racconti SF di soli autori europei; alcuni sono buoni, altri decisamente meno.
Some stories were amazing; others were ok.
Ben Miller
Especially liked the Andreas Eschbach story.
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Born in 1947, James Morrow has been writing fiction ever since he, as a seven-year-old living in the Philadelphia suburbs, dictated “The Story of the Dog Family” to his mother, who dutifully typed it up and bound the pages with yarn. This three-page, six-chapter fantasy is still in the author’s private archives. Upon reaching adulthood, Jim produced nine novels of speculative fiction, including th ...more
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