Orphia

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Slavonic science fiction and fantasy magazine published in English by SCC Computer, Sofia, Bulgaria; edited by Atanas Slavov. One issue appeared in February 1990, though it was intended as a monthly. It was printed in a large-Digest format (7.5 x 5.6 in; 192 x 142 mm), 220 pages on coated stock throughout and heavily illustrated, much in colour. Orphia was to be a showcase of sf and fantasy from Slavonic countries, including Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia (see Czech and Slovak SF), Poland, the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia. It included translations of early stories by Arkady and Boris Strugatski and Karel Čapek as well as more recent stories by authors little known outside Eastern Europe. Unfortunately, just as with other attempts to educate the English-speaking world, the magazine failed, and remains a beautiful but virtually forgotten dream. [MA]

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