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Eschbach, Andreas

Entry updated 28 November 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1959-    ) German author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Dolls" for c't in 1991, and whose first novel, Die Haarteppichknüpfer (1995; trans Doryl Jensen as The Carpet Makers 2005), intriguingly rewrites the normally expansive forms of American Planetary Romance and Space Opera into a bleak, compulsively storyable ideogram of the universe as prison: the carpets made by the titular carpet makers across the galaxy are aesthetically dead Entropic parodies of craft made for a dead Emperor, whose posthumous demands have denuded half a galaxy. In Das Jesus Video ["The Jesus Video"] (1998), Eschbach's most popular novel to date, the manual for a not-yet-released video camera is found by archaeologists in a two-thousand-year-old grave in Palestine. He remains prolific, and in recent years has also written several Young Adult works. His skill at exposing Hard SF tropes to adult supervision intensifies a sense that further translations are in order. [JC]

Andreas Eschbach

born Ulm, Germany: 15 September 1959



Mars Project

individual titles

  • Die Haarteppichknüpfer (Munich, Germany: Schneeklurth, 1995) [hb/]
  • Solarstation (Munich, Germany: Schneeklurth, 1996) [hb/]
  • Das Jesus Video (Munich, Germany: Schneeklurth, 1998) [hb/]
  • Kelwitts Stern ["Kelwitt's Star"] (Munich, Germany: Schneeklurth, 1999) [hb/]
  • Quest (Munich, Germany: Heyne Verlag, 2001) [hb/Thomas Thiemeyer]
  • Perfect Copy (Würzburg, Germany: Arena-Verlag, 2001) [hb/]
  • Eine Billion Dollar ["One Trillion Dollars"] (Bergisch-Gladbach, Germany: Lübbe, 2001) [hb/]
  • Der Letzte seiner Art ["The Last of his Species"] (Bergisch-Gladbach, Germany: Lübbe, 2003) [hb/Guido Klütsch]
  • Die seltene Gabe (Würzburg, Germany: Arena-Verlag, 2004) [hb/Constanze Spengler]
  • Der Nobelpreis (Bergisch-Gladbach, Germany: Lübbe, 2005) [hb/]
  • Ausgebrannt (Bergisch-Gladbach, Germany: Lübbe, 2007) [hb/]
  • Herr aller Dinge (Bergisch-Gladbach, Germany: Lübbe, 2011) [hb/Daniel White]
    • Lord of All Things (Las Vegas, Nevada: AmazonCrossing, 2014) [trans by Samuel Willcocks of the above: pb/Edward Bettison]


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