Eh, se pare ca toata lumea este, sau a fost, la Gaudeamus, care mai de care mai pornit pe achizitii sau ocupati cu lansari, vanzari, pupaturi, palinca etc. Toata lumea in afara de mine. Mai toate editurile au venit cu noutati, ba chiar si cu ceva amanari in unele cazuri😀 . Nu stiu cum a fost anul trecut, insa se pare ca editorii de SF&F a avut concurenta serioasa din partea cartilor in limba engleza, sume serioase fiind lasate in visteria importatorilor, fie ei preferati sau injurati.

bcooper

Intre timp s-a acordat premiul Endeavour, pentru cel mai bun volum SF sau F, scris de catre un scriitor rezident al zonei Pacific Nord-Vest (multe scriitoare pe acolo). Anul asta castigatoarea se numeste Brenda Cooper, iar volumul cu noroc are un titlu lung: „The Silver Ship and the Sea„. A aparut in 2007, iar in 2008 deja s-a publicat continuarea cu titlul „Reading the Wind”. Autoarea mai are la activ multiple aparitii in „Year’s Best”-ul lui Dozois, precum si un roman scris in colaborare cu Larry Niven, „Building Harlequin’s Moon” (2005). Printre finalistii de anul acesta s-au mai numarat si Kay Kenyon („Bright of the Sky”) si Ursula K. LeGuin („Powers”)… asa, sa vedeti ca e treaba destul de serioasa cu premiul asta, nu cum e cu al nostru😀 .

In rest, sint deprimat, nimeni nu a mai vorbit cu mine, vesti nu am, toti au fost ocupati cu afurisitul ala de targ, si „Mockingbird” nu prea ma ajuta sa ies din starea asta… Si mi-o LENEEEEE… Ar fi trebuit sa scriu recenzia la volumul lui Wolfe dar mai dureaza (motivul de mai sus).

PS. Synopsis-ul romanului castigator (mi-a fost LENE sa-l traduc):

„The colony planet Fremont is joyous, riotous, and very wild. Its grasses can cut your arms and legs to ribbons, the rinds of its precious fruit can skewer your thumbs, and some of the predators are bigger than humans. Meteors fall from the sky and volcanoes erupt. Fremont is verdant, rich, beautiful, and dangerous. Fremont’s single town, Artistos, perches on a cliff below rugged mountains. Below Artistos lie the Grass Plains, which lead down to the sea. And in the middle of the Grass Plains, a single silver spaceship lies quiet and motionless. The seasons do not dull it, nor do the winds scratch it – and the fearful citizens of Aristos won’t go near it. Chelo Lee, her brother Joseph, and four other young children have been abandoned on the colony planet. Unfortunate events have left them orphaned in a human colony that abhors genetic engineering – and these six young people are genetically enhanced. With no one to turn to, Chelo and the others must now learn how to use their distinct skills to make this unwelcome planet home, or find a way off it. They have few tools – an old crazy woman who wonders the edges of town, spouting out cryptic messages; their appreciation and affection for each other; a good dose of curiosity; and that abandoned silver space ship that sits locked and alone in the middle of the vast grass plain . . .”