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Turkey

Entry updated 20 July 2021. Tagged: International.

A full entry for sf in Turkey must await a contributor fluent in its language and able to report from the inside on the development of the genre there, and on untranslated works. The best known Proto SF author from this region is Lucian of Samosata in what is now modern Turkey. Little Turkish sf has been translated; two relevant authors given full entries in this encyclopedia are the Turkish-Armenia-born US Gregory Casparian and Tahsin Yücel. A further creator with Turkish ancestry is the UK-based musician Adem.

The country's known contributions to sf Cinema include the poorly regarded Flash Gordon movie Baytekin – Fezada Çarpisanlar ["Flash Gordon's Battle in Space"] (1967), and the award-winning animation Avarya (2019) directed and written by Gökalp Gönen (see Avarya entry for brief notes on his other productions). [DRL]

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