Sisyphean: An Interview with Weird Scifi Author Dempow Torishima

One of our favorite works so far this year is Dempow Torishima’s Sisyphean. It’s an incredibly unique work that defies categorization. It’s weird for even weird fiction as it blends elements of science fiction and strange biotechnology. It also features illustrations by the author that might fit into a H.R. Giger or Zdzisław Beksiński exhibit, and familiar […]

Two Episodes

After you read this story, check out our interview with translator Erik Simon for some background on it and Alfred Leman. Translated by Erik Simon From Der unsichtbare Dispatcher (Berlin, 1980). Kioshi Tokito and Anatol Bykov are plodding over the black sintered tuff. They are silent. There are some things to be discussed, but right now they prefer […]

Erik Simon on Alfred Leman’s “Two Episodes”

It’s pretty rare to see science fiction from Germany much less from the German Democratic Republic (aka East Germany). Today we’re featuring a weird scifi story called “Two Episodes” from GDR writer Alfred Leman (1925 — 2015). This story combines two episodes from Leman’s second short story collection, Der unsichtbare Dispatcher. We asked translator Erik Simon, a German science […]

2099

Summer is officially ending today but our coverage of strange science fiction at Weird Fiction Review continues! This week we’re featuring a story by Indian author, illustrator, and journalist Manjula Padmanabhan. “2099” originally appeared in New Delhi-based news magazine Outlook magazine in 1999 as “India 2099” as part of a feature where Indian writers were asked to speculate about the next 100 years. The protagonist of “2099” is modeled after […]

Day of Wrath

Translated by James Womack Sever Feliksovich Gansovsky (1918 – 1990) was a prominent Soviet writer of fiction, including science fiction. He wrote some of the best short stories of his generation, several of them collected in English in Macmillan’s Best of Soviet Science Fiction anthologies in the 1980s. He received the Russian Aelita Award in 1989. There is a fierce intelligence […]

Translating Strange Science Fiction: An Interview with Marian and James Womack

Marian Womack is a graduate of the Clarion Writers Workshop (2014), and of the Creative Writing Master’s at the University of Cambridge (2016). She was born in Andalusia and writes in English and Spanish. Her fiction in English can be read in Apex, SuperSonic Mag, Weird Fiction Review, and the anthologies Spanish Women of Wonder and […]

Strange Scifi Summer

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 […]