R.I.P. Lino Aldani

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Lino Aldani vestitul scriitor italian tradus si si la noi, la editurile Rao sau Vremea, a decedat la 82 de ani datorita unei boli la plaman netratate, la 31 ianuarie intr-un spital din Pavia, Italia. A fost publicat pentru prima oara in 1960 in revista romană „Oltre il cielo„, in 1963 incepand propria-i revista „Futuro„, schimbata ulterior in „Futuro Europa„. In 1962, a scris primul eseu italian critic despre sf, „La fantascienza” iar in 1977, a inceput publicarea romanelor „Quando le radici” (The Roots of a Man), unele dintre cele mai bune romane italiene ale timpului.

Din bibliografia sa amintim :

Quando le radici (1977)
Eclissi 2000 (1979)
Nel segno della luna bianca (1980; cunoscut si ca Febbre di luna, with Daniela Piegai)
La croce di ghiaccio (1989)
Themoro Korik (2007)

2008 Locus Recommended Reading List

S-a anuntat si lista anuala de recomandari din partea revistei Locus, in care recenzenţii acestei reviste au ales cele mai bune lucrari science fiction si fantasy ale anului trecut. Afisez mai jos doar romanele de la cele doua mari categorii, restul putind fi accesat prin clickuirea link-ului Locus.

SF novels
Matter, Iain M. Banks (Orbit UK)
Flood, Stephen Baxter (Gollancz, Roc ’09)
Weaver, Stephen Baxter (Gollancz, Ace)
City at the End of Time, Greg Bear (Gollancz, Del Rey)
Incandescence, Greg Egan (Gollancz, Night Shade)
January Dancer, Michael Flynn (Tor)
Marsbound, Joe Haldeman (Ace)
Spirit, Gwyneth Jones (Gollancz)
Escapement, Jay Lake (Tor)
Song of Time, Ian R. MacLeod (PS Publishing)
The Night Sessions, Ken MacLeod (Orbit)
The Quiet War, Paul McAuley (Gollancz)
The Company, K. J. Parker (Orbit)
House of Suns, Alastair Reynolds (Gollancz, Ace ’09)
Pirate Sun, Karl Schroeder (Tor)
Anathem, Neal Stephenson (Atlantic UK, Morrow)
Saturn’s Children, Charles Stross (Orbit, Ace)
Rolling Thunder, John Varley (Ace)
Half a Crown, Jo Walton (Tor)
Implied Spaces, Walter Jon Williams (Night Shade Books)

Fantasy novels
An Autumn War, Daniel Abraham (Tor)
The Love We Share Without Knowing, Christopher Barzak (Bantam)
The Knights of the Cornerstone, James P. Blaylock (Ace)
The Ghost in Love, Jonathan Carroll (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
The Island of Eternal Love, Daina Chaviano (Riverhead)
The Shadow Year, Jeffrey Ford (Morrow)
Shadowbridge/ Lord Tophet, Gregory Frost (Ballantine Del Rey)
The Memoirs of a Master Forger, William Heaney (Gollancz) ; as How to Make Friends with Demons, Graham Joyce (Night Shade Books ’09)
Varanger, Cecelia Holland (Tor/Forge)
Lavinia, Ursula K. Le Guin (Harcourt)
The Bell at Sealey Head, Patricia A. McKillip (Ace)
The Hidden World, Paul Park (Tor)
The Engine’s Child, Holly Phillips (Ballantine Del Rey)
The Enchantress of Florence, Salman Rushdie (Jonathan Cape)
The Alchemy of Stone, Ekaterina Sedia (Prime Books)
The Dragons of Babel, Michael Swanwick (Tor)
An Evil Guest, Gene Wolfe (Tor)