Entry updated 26 September 2022. Tagged: Publication.
Samovar is edited by Sarah Dodd and Greg West, with an Advisory Board that includes Dr Helen Marshall, Rachel Cordasco and Marian Via Rivera-Womack. Its purpose is to present "respectful" English-language translations of speculative fiction from around the world, run alongside the item in its original language, in both the printed word and as a podcast. It is the only magazine to present stories in this way. The first issue ran material in Finnish, Pashto and Hebrew. It presents not only recent fiction but previously untranslated stories from the past such as "Walking" (26 March 2018) by the Ukrainian writer Der Nister, originally published in Yiddish in 1923. Most stories might be termed Fabulations but occasional Hard SF stories appear. such as "Fluxless" (3 December 2018) by the Dutch writer Mike Jansen. in which Nanotechnology brings the world to ruin (see Ruined Earth). The stories selected can say much about a nation's culture or worldview, an example being "The Photograph Trade" (26 March 2018) by the Afghani writer Abdul Wakil Sulamal, which considers how the imagery created by photography can influence a person's Identity. Like Strange Horizons, Samovar is financed by funding drives and donations. [MA]
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