This project was created in collaboration between Luna Press Publishing (Edinburgh) and Future Fiction (Rome), to publish Greek SF in translation in both languages. The book will also be translated in Japanese and will be released towards the end of 2021.
The cover, created by Italian artist Chiara Topo, is a blend of new and old.
The amazing Nick Mamatas, author of The Planetbreaker’s Son and The Second Shooter,really enjoyed reading the anthology, and said, “Often underwater, sometimes entirely virtual, facing calamities from austerity to beepocalypse, near-future Greece comes to life in these stories. Forget everything you learned in school, on vacation, or from the faded memories of your immigrant γιαγιά. Λοιπόν, this is the real deal.”
And talking to Dimitra Nikolaidou, who wrote the introduction for the anthology, it is easy to see why this stories provide us with ‘the real deal’ as Nick said above.
“The stories in Nova Hellas take us on a dystopian, harsh journey. Yet their protagonists are resilient, cunning and resourceful; they thrive, not only survive. In doing so, they reflect both the history of Greece itself, always surviving and rebuilding, always claiming a better tomorrow – and, perhaps, to a smaller degree, the stubbornness of Greek science fiction, which insisted on thriving in adverse circumstances and against much opposition.”
The editors for Nova Hellas, are Francesca T Barbini, and Francesco Verso, two Romans running small presses from Scotland and Italy respectively, keen to bring to your attention SF from all corners of the world. The authors accompanying us on this journey are Vasso Christou, Kostas Charitos, Ioanna Bourazopoulou, Michalis Manolios, Yiannis Papadopoulos, Kelly Theodorakopoulou, Eugenia Triantafyllou, Lina Theodorou, Dimitra Nikolaidou, Natalia Theodoridou and Stamatis Stamatopoulos.
Nova Hellas will be released on the 30th of March.