Strange Scifi Summer

Henrique Alvim Corrêa illustration for War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells

Henrique Alvim Corrêa illustration for War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells

In case you haven’t noticed, we’ve been posting a series of strange scifi stories this summer at Weird Fiction Review. These are stories that were uncovered by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer as they edited The Big Book of Science Fiction, out this year from Vintage Books.

So far we’ve posted stories by two early-20th-century German fantasists Paul Scheerbart and Karl Hans Strobl. The first story, “The New Abyss” by Scheerbart, tells the story of a strange alien planet called Klips whose inhabitants watch as the planet becomes consumed by an abyss, while Strobl’s “The Triumph of Mechanics” recounts the tale of a town whose toy factory creates a small legion of toy rabbit replicas.

Next week, we’re featuring an interview with translators James and Marian Womack who translated a combined eight stories for The Big Book of Science Fiction. To accompany their interview, we’ll also be posting two stories: “The Ruins of Granada” by Ángel Ganivet, translated from Spanish by Marian Womack, and “The Day of Wrath” by Sever Ganovsky, translated from Russian by James Womack.

Lastly, we just wanted to mention a story we posted in 2015 called “Mutation Planet” by Barrington J. Bayley. It’s an excellent piece of weird science fiction by an author who has another story in The Big Book of Science Fiction called “Sporting with the Chid.”

We hope you’re enjoying our exploration of strange scifi and we should have a story or two more before summer is over so be sure to keep checking back.