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This entertaining anthology delivers great reading and an overview of German-language science fiction, including works by the "German father of science fiction" Kurd Lasswitz, the Austrian writer Ludwig Hevesi (author of "Jules Verne in Hell"), the fantasist Paul Scheerbart (a scurrilous, idiosyncratic writer who was an outsider in both literature and science fiction), pop ...more
Paperback, 377 pages
Published December 31st 2008 by Wesleyan (first published 2008)
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Michele
Nov 14, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Comprehensive survey of German and Austrian sci fi. Detailed, thorough introduction which discusses people like Hugo Gernsback, the intersection between American and European SF, themes, tropes, etc. Spans pretty much the entire genealogy from the late 19th century up to the late 20th. A must have for the serious SF scholar or fan.
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Feb 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
THE BLACK MIRROR & OTHER STORIES: AN ANTHOLOGY OF SCIENCE FICTION FROM GERMANY AND AUSTRIA TRANSLATED BY MIKE MITCHELL, EDITED BY FRANZ ROTTENSTEINER: In this fascinating new collection from Wesleyan University Press readers get to see a great anthology of original science fiction from Germany and Austria spanning over a century of work. Editor Franz Rottensteiner offers a lengthy introduction spanning the entire history of science fiction in Germany and Austria, going into detail on the imp ...more
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Nov 12, 2008 rated it really liked it
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"'Whenever I think back to that dreadful experience, I feel as if an ice-cold dead man's hand is stroking my back, while at the same time my brain is giving up the third dimension between the buffers of freight trains being switched.'"

So exclaims the narrator in this story by Otto Willi Gail, The Missing Clock Hands: An Implausible Happening, translated by Mike Mitchell and originally published in Germany in 1929.

Science fiction began to appear in Germany around the turn of the century in what w
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Franz Rottensteiner, never a comfortable critic, has enlivened sf discussion for many years. He is a long-tim editor of the respected Austrian fanzine, Quarber Merkur.