Presentations / Predstavljanja

Book presentation: “Tree of Life”

“This is a fantastic book about a utopian world of the future, in which technological progress is used not for good, but to humanity’s detriment.
I let myself fantasize about the topic of what could happen if a device for reading thoughts was invented in a totalitarian country.
So, such equipment already exists nowadays in Russia and human thoughts are no longer a secret. Access to this new technology is available for government representatives, special services and the elite who buy this right for money. Among this narrow circle of close associates, a reality show named “The Gods” is spreading – a game in which psioperators connect to a simple unaware person. The subject begins to hear a “Voice” in his or her head and has to complete simple-looking tasks. But each time the tasks become more difficult, and pressure increases.
Moreover, people with anomalistic abilities are of particular interest. “The Gods” are trying to attract them to their side so they will work for them. What happens if they disagree? You will find that out in the book.
My story is about a new form of threat to humans – this is PSYCHOTERRORISM.”

Olga Afanaseva is 34 years old and lives in Russia. “I have a university degree in Human Resources. As many people in the world, I’m worried a lot about what is happening on our planet now. As a mother I couldn’t stop thinking what future my child will have. As a human being I want to do anything possible for our human race to evolve with love and peace, because it is the only way we can help our planet and develop other ones. For the last 2 years I’ve been writing a book called “The Tree of Life”, which I’m proud to present. My book covers topics such as environmental pollution, violation of human rights and freedoms, psychoterrorism and the use of technological progress to the detriment of humanity.”

Decameron 2020: Stories From The Quarantine

During these hard pandemic times, a lot of projects inspired with Boccaccio’s Decameron happened all over, including Croatia. Decameron 2020: Stories From The Quarantine was a literary event and now an ebook available for free download (in Croatian and English). This story of our stories will be aired from our live studio.

Vesna Kurilić is a cosplayer, librarian, writer, amateur ukulele player and lover of all things romance. If she were to pick a color, it would be blue; chord – G major; historical era – interbellum. She has received several SFERA and one Artefakt award for her work, most notably the werewolf novel Izazov krvi (The Challenge of Blood, 2017). Find out more about her upcoming release Johnny’s Girls (2020), a queer dieselpunk murder mystery, at her site Skirts’n’Wolves, or stalk her jigsaw puzzle loving cat at IG @vesnakurilic.

Antonija Mežnarić loves reading, writing, cosplaying and procrastinating. She’s living and breathing speculative fiction but if she had to point out favorites it would be urban fantasy, horror and fairy tale retellings. From time to time you can listen to her lectures on various topics at conventions.

Ana Cerovac has majored in Comparative literature and Russian language at the Faculty of Humanities and Social sciences in Zagreb. In her free time she writes and participates in organizing cultural events for youth in her town. She published a couple of short stories and a novel called Krsnik. Believing that the author’s role in the time of pandemic is to monitor and artistically process all that is happening around us, she joined this event in order to create the space for the writers and a virtual library for the readers.

Galaxia 42’s Book Launch

Galaxia 42 is a sci-fi and fantasy online magazine, mostly written in Romanian but with a growing English subsection. After launching East of a Known Galaxy at last year’s Worldcon, we’re at it again with a fresh sample of Romanian speculative fiction.

Darius Luca Hupov has been active in the SciFi field as a fan since 1985 and as an author since 1987. He has been active in the “H.G. Wells” SciFi Club from Timisoara (since 1985), where he made his literary debut and where he was the President of the Club for several years. He published SF short stories under the pseudonym Darius H. Luca in the “Banat Renaissance”, “Paradox SF”, “The collection of SciFi short stories”, “SF Gazette”, “Helion”, “Nova Library”. He had a SciFi film talk show at Radio Timisoara and Analog TV Station Timisoara. He was part of from the organizing team of the Eurocon in Timișoara 1994, the organizing team at the “Helion Days” and the “international Helion Session “, has submitted papers for the “Helion Communications Session”. His debut short stories volume was printed in 2016 under the title “Elegie pentru un triunghi” (Elegy for a triangle), at Eurostampa publishing House, in the “Insolit” collection. He started to produce the podcast “Galaxia imaginarului” in 2014, which later became part of the online SFF magazine “Galaxia 42”. He is the Director of “The Galactic Imaginarium” Film Festival (SciFi and Fantasy). He is Editor and Foreign Liaison at “Galaxy 42” SFF Online Magazine. He is promoting Romanian SFF authors and the Romanian SFF on the international scene.

Daniel Timariu – Writer. President of “Galaxia 42” SF Society Timișoara, editor-in-chief of Galaxia 42 Online SFF Magazine. His first short story, În lift (In the elevator), appeared in “Helion” SF magazine in 2015. His short stories have been published in a number of fanzines (“Helion”, “Gazeta SF”, “Ficțiuni”, “Iocan”, “Argos” , “Nautilus”, “Revista de suspans”, “Știință & Tehnică”, “ZIN”, “CSF”, “Galaxia 42”) and anthologies such as Exit plus. Povestiri de dincolo (Tritonic, 2017), Povestiri cu dragoni (Tritonic, 2017), Domino (Tritonic, 2017), Noir de București (Tritonic, 2017), Gastro NOIR (Tritonic, 2018), Schițe de iubire (Tritonic, 2018), Antologia prozei românești science-fiction (Paralela 45, 2018), 3.4 (Tritonic, 2018) , 3.5 (Tritonic, 2018), Domino2 (Tritonic, 2018), Când penele roșii vor plânge. Ciudatul caz al umbrelor (with Lucian-Dragoș Bogdan, Tritonic, 2018), Castele de nisip (Tritonic, 2019), Noir de Timișoara (Tritonic 2019). His volumes are Amețeli postlumice (Eurostampa, 2016), Fete în roșu și alte povestiri polițiste (Tritonic, 2016), Tenebre. Cazul Laura (Tritonic, 2017), Tenebre. Labirintul (Tritonic 2018) and Tenebre. Miercuri (Tritonic, 2019). Daniel Timariu has won the RomCon SF Award in 2017 for Amețeli postlumice, and in 2019 for a sci-fi short story – Coloniștii. In 2018 he has won The Chrysalis Award (Eurocon, Amiens, France).

Marius Gordan – Founding [email protected] 9 Club; Staff [email protected] Magazine. Also a Trekkie. Will nerd out about the Elder Scrolls universe, Star Trek (naturally) and prog music.

Cristian Vicol (b.13.03.1988) is a writer, translator and graphic designer. He is a Journalism postgraduate, and a current PhD candidate at West University of Timișoara. His thesis deals with Central European literature, especially dystopian literature.

His first short story Nemurirea nu e pentru toți/Immortality is not for everyone, appeared in “Helion” Magazine in 2010. His short stories and movie, and book reviews have been published in a number of fanzines and online magazines (“Galaxy 42 SFF Online Magazine” “Helion”, “Liternautica”, “Helion Online”, “Almanahul Anticipația”, “Savantgarde”, “UtopIQa” “CSF-Colecția Science-Fiction”) and anthologies: East of a Known Galaxy 2019 (which he co-edited – Tritonic Publishing House) Helion Anthology 2011-2016 (Eurostampa Publishing House, 2017), Timișoara Noir (Tritonic Publishing House, 2019). His volumes are The Castle Treasure (Eurostampa Publishing House, 2014), A Short History of Timișoara until 1716 (Eurostampa Publishing House, 2016), End of Innocence (Tritonic Publishing House, 2018).

He is currently one of the official translators of George Enescu Festival – one of the most prestigious classical music events in Romania and Europe. He also translated various plays and short film scenarios which have been staged in different international theater and film festivals.

Meet the Human Library and Terra Fantasia

The Human Library Foundation is a Bulgarian volunteer community preparing, publishing and promoting fiction that examines what it means to be human–and how to expand the definition. Unsurprisingly, most of that fiction is speculative.

The Terra Fantasia Association of Bulgarian SF&F Writers and Artists brings together dozens of authors, translators, artists, and champions of the fantastic. In 2020, Terra Fantasia and the Human Library compiled _ФантАstika: Almanac of Bulgarian Speculative Fiction_, showcasing short stories and novel excerpts translated into English as well as full-color and black-and-white art.

Find more at https://choveshkata.net/blog/?page_id=36#English

Kalin M. Nenov is a translator, editor, publisher, agent, and writer. Currently, he lives in Sofia, Bulgaria, and serves as Creative Director of the Human Library Foundation: a volunteer community preparing, publishing and promoting fiction that examines what it means to be human–and how to expand the definition. Kalin’s translations have appeared in various magazines and anthologies, most notably _Up and Coming: Stories by the 2016 Campbell-Eligible Authors_ and most recently _Compelling Science Fiction_ #15 in 2020. Many of them have been collected in the forthcoming _ФантАstika: Almanac of Bulgarian Speculative Fiction_.

Find more on Kalin’s Goodreads Author Profile.

Kalin has been devouring and championing optimistic speculative fiction since his early teen years in the 1990s. He looks up for inspiration to such writers as Michael Ende, David Zindell, Terry Pratchett, Theodore Sturgeon, Patricia A. McKillip, Peter S. Beagle, Lois McMaster Bujold, Ivan Yefremov, David Brin, Velichka Nastradinova, and Nikolay Tellalov. His latest fascination is solarpunk.

Mora’s Box

Presenting a new Croatian online magazine and website for speculative fiction and all things geeky – Mora’s Box. Tales of science fiction, fantasy, horror and everything in between, as well as reviews, essays and various other writings on fiction, fandom and (pop) culture. Mora’s Box – have a look inside, if you dare.

Oh no – it’s a Shtriga!

What’s Shtriga? A small, very, very small publishing house (literary) from Croatia, just starting out. Join us for the video presentation where we’ll talk about all of the whys and why nots, and also about our upcoming stories and Croatian sci-fi, fantasy and horror ebooks in English! (And other, scarier shtrigas out there.)

Vesna Kurilić is a cosplayer, librarian, writer, amateur ukulele player and lover of all things romance. If she were to pick a color, it would be blue; chord – G major; historical era – interbellum. She has received several SFERA and one Artefakt award for her work, most notably the werewolf novel Izazov krvi (The Challenge of Blood, 2017). Find out more about her upcoming release Johnny’s Girls (2020), a queer dieselpunk murder mystery, at her site Skirts’n’Wolves, or stalk her jigsaw puzzle loving cat at IG @vesnakurilic

Antonija Mežnarić loves reading, writing, cosplaying and procrastinating. She’s living and breathing speculative fiction but if she had to point out favorites it would be urban fantasy, horror and fairy tale retellings. From time to time you can listen to her lectures on various topics at conventions.

Portuguese Fiction

Portuguese science fiction is rare. Some of it is very well hidden between the shelves of common fiction. Others are recognized as Portuguese writers – but what are the main differences between Portuguese and European Fiction?

Cristina Alves (The Portuguese Portal, Editor-in-chief) – Master’s degree in Genetics and Microbiology, working nowadays in IT. She spends her free time as an event organizer (partnership with indie press Imaginauta), editor-in-chief of The Portuguese Portal of Fantasy and Science Fiction, book promoter on the blog Rascunhos and in the dedicated radio program of the same name.

The Deeps: Extreme marine environments on Earth and fiction analogues

As a deep sea scientist running the imaging equipment for the Germany research fleet, I present here videos and images of some of the bizarre and unusual life i have encountered here on Earth, and place these observations into context with fiction; highlighting how real marine extreme ecosystem organisms resemble those in books, and how unlikely are some predicted marine beasts!

Dr. Autun Purser (Alfred Wegener Institute of Polar and Marine Research) is a senior scientist at the German polar institute, the ‘Alfred Wegener Institute of Polar and Marine Research’. He has visited all the oceans of the world (aside from the Indian Ocean, as yet…) running robotic underwater systems for deep sea research. In addition to being a full-time scientist, Autun is a freelance illustrator, producing science fiction book covers and his range of ‘Fantastic Travel Destinations’ posters.

The Rude Eye of Rebellion – European Book Launch Party

Join bestselling SF author J.R.H. Lawless for readings and party games to celebrate the launch of his second novel, THE RUDE EYE OF REBELLION!

J.R.H. Lawless is a bestselling SF author from Atlantic Canada who blends comedy with political themes — drawing heavily, in both cases, on their experience as a lawyer and as Secretary General of a Parliamentary group at the French National Assembly. A member of SFWA and Codex Writers, their short fiction has been published in many professional venues, including foreign sales. They are also a craft article contributor to the SFWA blog, the SFWA Bulletin, and Tor.com. Their debut novel, ALWAYS GREENER, is out now from Uproar Books, and the sequel, THE RUDE EYE OF REBELLION, is currently on pre-sale before its Fall 2020 release. Both books are also Tantor Media audiobooks, with the ALWAYS GREENER audiobook releasing in July 2020. They are represented by Marisa Corvisiero at the Corvisiero Literary Agency, and would love to hear from you on Twitter, over at @SpaceLawyerSF!

The view from the Wizard’s Tower – two collections

This year Wizard’s Tower Press will publish two books by Croatian authors in English. “Empress of the Housework” is a short story collection by Croatian women authors edited by Mihaela Marija Perković and “As the Distant Bells Toll” is a fantasy short story collection by Aleksandar Žiljak. Publisher Cheryl Morgan discusses these books and is joined by Mihaela Marija Perković and Aleksandar Žiljak.

Cheryl Morgan (Wizard’s Tower Press, owner) is a critic, editor, publisher and a four-time winner of the Hugo Award. She is the owner of Wizard’s Tower Press and is a regular speaker on science fiction at conventions and academic conferences. She is on Twitter as @CherylMorgan, blogs at Cheryl’s Mewsings, and edits the fanzine, Salon Futura.

Mihaela Marija Perković is a mum, feminist, author, manager, (ex?) blogger, reader, PR woman, member of SFera, editor, screenwriter, swimmer, translator, she runs workshops and last, but not least – she loves SF.

Aleksandar Žiljak is a writer, illustrator, translator and editor. He was born in Zagreb in 1963, holds a Master’s Degree in computer sciences and is a freelance artist. He is the author of five fantastic novels and several short story collections. He has received multiple SFera Awards and he is also famous as a lecturer at conventions.

Tomislava Turčin – Artist Showcase!

Artist Showcase: Work and inspiration in everyday life of a young artist

I am happy to have the opportunity to present to you an itsy-bitsy piece of my perception of the world that surrounds me, and how i work with it. I hope it will inspire you to go out there and be awkward in your own way – all the way!

If you like some of my works, you can contact me through the mentioned websites; prints are available!

Thank you all and take care!

Tomislava Turčin is a young artist from Croatia whose greatest inspiration is the nature that surrounds us all – the Earth, the Sky; and the nature within one’s self.

Using Stories and Gamification to Improve STEM Comprehension, Retention, and Motivation

Three powerful motivators for learning are: Autonomy (the ability to choose how you navigate a situation), Progress (and sense of improving in your performance), and Belonging (being a part of something that is bigger than just you).

Stories provide context for lessons, motivate students to learn more about the subjects being explored, and also create ownership over the outcome due to a sense of belonging to something larger than themselves. Gamification (giving a lesson game elements) helps focus students by providing a strong sense of tangible progress as well as a level of autonomy in how they navigate the lesson. Learn how to use interactive and gamified stories to captivate your students while creating a memorable educational adventure that will be talked about for years to come. We will look at story-based educational adventures such as Mission to Mars, Wizards & Warriors, and a Zombie Invasions for teaching students about STEM and how you can integrate these ideas into your own classes. Educators are provided with step-by-step instructions on how to design, plan, and run story-based “adventures” that excite students and provide applicable context for the curriculum.

Meghan Gardner owns Guardian Adventures story-based education and is a Lead Curriculum Designer and Trainer for Royal Caribbean Cruises. She is a guest lecturer at Harvard Graduate School of Education and a speaker on the topic of Informal Education and Learning for all ages. She has been interviewed by NPR, the Joseph Campbell Foundation, The New Yorker, Wired Magazine, and major news outlets regarding her company’s innovative approach to using entertaining and immersive stories to inspire informal learning. In her free time, Meghan volunteers for hospice and works with terminally ill patients of all ages as well as their families.

Warcry – Board Game Demonstration

Our friends from the SF&F Association Mordele typically hold the game room at our native Rikon convention, but as this year has turned everything virtual, we’re thankful for them preparing a board game demonstration so everyone can see what they’re up to. Enjoy!

Zvijezde u noći – promocija knjige

This programming item is in Croatian.

“Zvijezde u noći” Aleksandra Žiljka nova je knjiga u kojoj je sabrao svoja predavanja o filmskoj fantastici. Iscrpna i provokativna, “Zvijezde u noći” otvara brojna pitanja o nama danas i ovdje!

Aleksandar Žiljak is a writer, illustrator, translator and editor. He was born in Zagreb in 1963, holds a Master’s Degree in computer sciences and is a freelance artist. He is the author of five fantastic novels and several short story collections. He has received multiple SFera Awards and he is also famous as a lecturer at conventions.