Author Archives: Rachel Cordasco

REVIEW: Red Star Tales: A Century of Russian and Soviet Science Fiction

edited by Yvonne Howell Russian Information Services Inc. November 15, 2015 480 pages Red Star Tales began as a Kickstarter initiative to publish “the first comprehensive edition of truly notable Russian and Soviet science fiction – works chosen for their artistic and scientific merit, not because of any political or ideological agenda.” None of the 18

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REVIEW: Gene Mapper by Taiyo Fujii

translated by Jim Hubbert Haikasoru June 16, 2015 304 pages Once again, Haikasoru has given us English-language readers some great Japanese science fiction for our brains to chew on. Taiyo Fujii’s Gene Mapper (translated by Jim Hubbert) brings together genetically-modified food, trippy virtual-reality technology, and a world recovering from the combined blows of an Internet

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REVIEW: A Look at Short Speculative Fiction in Translation from Clarkesworld Magazine

In the November 2014 issue (98) of Clarkesworld Magazine, editor Neil Clarke argued for why “Translation is Important,” pointing out that science fiction is is perpetually concerned with questions of communication and translation. It would be wonderful if we could read any story in any language by just pressing a button, but even a machine-driven

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REVIEW: Hanzai Japan: Fantastical, Futuristic Stories of Crime From and About Japan

edited by Nick Mamatas and Masumi Washington Haikasoru October 20, 2015 300 pages “I haven’t had this much fun in a long time.” That’s what I kept thinking as I read my way through Hanzai Japan, the latest anthology of tales from and about Japan from Haikasoru. And while “hanzai” means “crime,” that’s not nearly

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