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#1 Amy West

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Geschrieben 01 April 2011 - 15:03

I'm hoping that this is an appropriate topic. . .

I can see why "The Popular Mechanic" is one of the most popular reads on InterNova: I thought it was really well done, and one of the ones I've enjoyed the most.

I am trying to finish reading the latest bunch of uploads. I am enjoying "I Thought I Saw a Pussycat" but keep getting frustrated by problems with my Nook's browser.

Of the classiscs, I enjoyed "Red Rhombuses" the best: it at first has that overt intellectual inversion motif a la "Flowers for Algernon," but it's got some subtle twists, and keeps the reader off balance.

Many thanks for all the work on this! I am very grateful.

(Now, may I ask: will there be an electronic version of Nova available?)

#2 Gast_Michael Iwoleit_*

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Geschrieben 01 April 2011 - 23:35

Dear Amy,

Many thanks for all the work on this! I am very grateful.


I'm happy you like it. There's much more good stuff to come.

(Now, may I ask: will there be an electronic version of Nova available?)


Probably not in the foreseeable future. We're so busy with keeping the mother magazine
runnig as one of the few printed sf magazines in Germany that we have reached the limits
of our capacities. We publish Nova for almost nine years now and only one German sf
magazine - Alien Contact in Berlin - ever lasted longer. This may show that we have set
the right priorities.

Yours
Michael

#3 Amy West

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Geschrieben 28 May 2011 - 04:00

I'm going to be quite frank: I didn't like Khan's "A Sort of Peace." I thought the revenge theme hackneyed, the plot contrived, and I have to ask: is a meteor directed by the hand of God a science-fictional element?

#4 Gast_Michael Iwoleit_*

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Geschrieben 30 May 2011 - 00:02

I'm going to be quite frank: I didn't like Khan's "A Sort of Peace." I thought the revenge theme hackneyed, the plot contrived, and I have to ask: is a meteor directed by the hand of God a science-fictional element?


Yes, when reading the story first I was sure that its science fiction content would be disputed. Anyhow, I
like Ahmed's writing and was curious what our readers would say.

All the best
Michael

#5 Amy West

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Geschrieben 24 July 2011 - 01:30

I really enjoyed Gerson Lodi-Ribeiro's "Xochiquetzal and the Vengence Fleet." I'm not an alternative history fan (I don't seek them out), but I've enjoyed the ones that I've read. This story was very good in its vision of an alternate Age of Exploration. Again, very enjoyable.

"The Apprentice's Kaleidoscope" was a good story, until the ending. Making it all a dream is a disappointment, a bit of a cheat, and something that George Scithers advised writers against. Up until then it was fun figuring out what was going on.

"Dreams at Dusk" was a neat alien abduction story, but again, I found the end disappointing. The protagonist is figuring out what's going on, thinking about his situation, etc. Now in a more "typical" SF story the protagonist's return home would have been the result of some action on his part; here, it just happens. The reader is confronted with 2 explanations: 1) it was all a dream (see above comment) 2) the aliens just decided to return him. Now, perhaps that was a result of him thinking about his family, but . . . it just simply seems to happen. Again, a bit disappointing for the reader.

Many thanks for bringing us stories on a regular basis! (And I've read them all, even if I haven't commented on them.)

---Amy West

#6 Gast_Michael Iwoleit_*

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Geschrieben 26 July 2011 - 01:30

"Dreams at Dusk" was a neat alien abduction story, but again, I found the end disappointing.


Thanks for your comments, Amy.

I never thought that I would accept an alien abduction story for InterNova. The topic usually
bores me. What I found interesting about Achmed's story, however, was that he managed to
make the fact that the main character is a Muslim significant for the story. This gives it some
unexpected turns.

All the best
Michael




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