Fantasticon 2012 » Lars The annual convention for science fiction, fantasy & horror in Copenhagen Mon, 14 Jan 2013 19:33:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Niels Klim Awards Sun, 03 Jun 2012 00:08:43 +0000 Lars Continue reading ]]>  

A lot of things happened at day two at Fantasticon 2012. Stormtroopers and the Visitors from “V” invaded, mad scientists and genre definitions were discussed, pictures were drawn and the ceremony for the Niels Klim Awards for best short fiction in Danish was held for the first time.

The winners:
Best novella (tie): Alastair Reynolds for “Skjul” (Hideaway) and “Minlas blomster” (Minla’s Flowers) from Vejen mellem stjernerne (both translated by Niels Dalgaard).
Best novelette: A. Silvestri for “Faderens sønner” from Faderens sønner.
Best short story (tie): Michael Kamp for “Homo Arachnida” and Lars Ahn Pedersen for “En helt almindelig død”, both from Den nye koloni – Lige under overfladen 5.

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Fantasticon is on Sat, 02 Jun 2012 07:23:18 +0000 Lars Continue reading ]]> Fantasticon has started and we are ready for day two. So come join us at Kulturstationen Vanløse since you can’t go to the beach anyway.

Here are the Twitter accounts for our guests of honor, Alastair Reynolds and Ellen Datlow:!/AquilaRift!/ellendatlow

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Ellen Datlow Interview Sun, 13 May 2012 19:48:48 +0000 Lars Continue reading ]]> Great interview with our Guest of Honour, Ellen Datlow, by fantasy author Anna Kashina on her blog. The interview serves as a useful introduction to the award-winning editor and she describes her approach to editing and selecting short stories in detail:

Q: Apart from the regular ones (such as “the year’s best”), how do you decide which new anthology to work on, and how does the theme get selected for these anthologies?

Usually I’ll think up a theme that interests me, then contact some writers to ask if they’re interested in writing for it (bigger name ones first), write up a proposal and give it to my agent. Then she sends it out and we hope that a publisher is interested and makes an offer I can afford to accept. (this includes paying the contributors at least 6 cents a word plus how much I need in order to acquire and edit the project). Sometimes a publisher approaches me with an idea I like (for example the Poe anthology in honor of the Edgar Allan Poe Bicentennial a few years ago). Also, my editor at Dark Horse suggested Supernatural Noir as a follow up to Lovecraft Unbound, which I edited for them a couple of years previously. As I love the supernatural and love noir it was a natural. I very much enjoyed editing that one. The third way I decide is that someone with whom I co-edit or who would like to co-edit with me comes up with a theme that I like. That’s how Terri Windling and I began co-editing our original anthologies. Nick Mamatas approached me about co-editing Haunted Legends (initially for the Horror Writers Association but that didn’t work out) because he thought my being involved would help sell the antho –which it did.

Read the rest of interview here.

Thanks to Jeppe Larsen for the tip.


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Fantasticon 2012 Thu, 19 Jan 2012 21:05:05 +0000 Lars Continue reading ]]> Welcome to the website for Fantasticon 2012. After last year’s one day-event we have expanded Fantasticon into a three day-event at Kulturstationen Vanløse from June 1st to June 3rd.

We are proud to announce that our Guests of Honours are British science fiction writer Alastair Reynolds and multiple award-winning horror and fantasy editor Ellen Datlow (US).

Keep visiting this site or our Facebook group for further updates and information. In the following months we will announce more guests and details about the programme.

In the meantime, check out the trailer for Alastair Reynolds’ new novel Blue Remembered Earth – Book One of Poseidon’s Children:

You can also read the prologue and the first three chapters from the novel:
Blue Remembered Earth – Prologue
Blue Remembered Earth – Chapter One
Blue Remembered Earth – Chapter Two
Blue Remembered Earth – Chapter Three

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