Andreas Eschbach

Andreas Eschbach (born 15 September 1959, in Ulm) is a German writer, primarily of science fiction. His stories that are not clearly in the SF genre usually feature elements of the fantastic.

Andreas Eschbach
Eschbach in 2014
Eschbach in 2014
Born15 September 1959 (age 59)
Ulm, Baden-Württemberg, West Germany
OccupationNovelist
GenreScience fiction, thriller
Notable worksJesus Video, Eine Billion Dollar, Herr aller Dinge
Website
andreaseschbach.de

Biography

Eschbach studied aerospace engineering at the University of Stuttgart and later worked as a software engineer. He has been writing since he was 12 years old. His first professional publication was the short story Dolls, published in 1991 in German computing magazine C't. His first novel was published in 1995. Seven of his novels have won the Kurd-Laßwitz-Preis, one of the most prestigious awards in the German SF scene. Four of his novels have won the Deutscher Science Fiction Preis.

His novels have also been translated into a number of languages, including English, French, Italian, Russian, Serbian, Polish, Turkish and Japanese.

In 2002, his novel Jesus Video was adapted for German television. In 2003, his novel Eine Billion Dollar was adapted for German radio. His only novels translated into English was Die Haarteppichknüpfer, published in 2005 as The Carpet Makers, and Herr aller Dinge, published in 2014 as Lord of All Things.

Bibliography

Novels

  • Die Haarteppichknüpfer (1995), ISBN 3-7951-1371-7, translated as The Carpet Makers (2005), ISBN 0-7653-0593-3
  • Solarstation (1996), ISBN 3-7951-1406-3
  • Jesus Video (1998), ISBN 3-7951-1797-6
  • Kelwitts Stern (1999), ISBN 3-7951-1624-4
  • Quest (2001), ISBN 3-453-18773-3
  • Eine Billion Dollar (2001), ISBN 3-7857-2049-1, translated as One Trillion Dollars (2014), ISBN 978-3-8387-5312-6
  • Exponentialdrift (2003), ISBN 3-404-14912-2 (first serialized 2002 in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)
  • Der Letzte seiner Art (2003), ISBN 3-404-15305-7
  • Der Nobelpreis (2005), ISBN 3-7857-2219-2
  • Ausgebrannt (2007), ISBN 978-3-7857-2274-9
  • Ein König für Deutschland (2009), ISBN 978-3-7857-2374-6
  • Herr aller Dinge (2011), ISBN 978-3-7857-2429-3 (Audiobook, 2011, ISBN 978-3-7857-4515-1), translated as Lord of All Things (2014), ISBN 978-1-47784981-1, also available as audiobook in English language
  • Todesengel (2013), ISBN 978-3-7857-2481-1
  • Der Jesus-Deal (2014), ISBN 978-3-431-03900-9
  • Teufelsgold (2016), ISBN 978-3-7857-2568-9
  • NSA - Nationales Sicherheits-Amt (2018), ISBN 978-3-7857-2625-9
Young Adult novels
  • Perfect Copy: Die zweite Schöpfung (2002), ISBN 3-401-05425-2
  • Das Marsprojekt (2004), ISBN 3-404-24332-3
  1. Das ferne Leuchten (2005), ISBN 3-401-05749-9 (new edition of Das Marsprojekt)
  2. Die blauen Türme (2005), ISBN 3-401-05770-7
  3. Die gläsernen Höhlen (2006), ISBN 3-401-05867-3
  4. Die steinernen Schatten (2007), ISBN 978-3-401-06060-6
  5. Die schlafenden Hüter (2008), ISBN 978-3-401-06061-3
  6. Gibt es Leben auf dem Mars oder Das Marsprojekt – der flüsternde Sturm (2009), ISBN 978-3-401-06366-9 (a short story-length prequel to the Marsprojekt-series)
  • Die seltene Gabe (2004), ISBN 3-401-05461-9
  • Out-Series
  1. Black*Out (2010), ISBN 978-3-401-06062-0
  2. Hide*Out (2011), ISBN 978-3-401-06587-8
  3. Time*Out (2012), ISBN 978-3-401-06630-1

Short fiction

Collections
  • Eine unberührte Welt, 2008. ISBN 978-3-404-15859-1
Stories[1]
Title Year First published Reprinted/collected Notes
The carpetmaker's son 2001 Eschbach, Andreas (Jan 2001). Translated by Doryl Jensen. "The carpetmaker's son". F&SF. 100 (1): 37–41. Originally published in German as "Die Haarteppichknüpfer" in the Dec 1985 issue of Flugasche.
Contributions to the Perry Rhodan series
  • #1935 Der Gesang der Stille (1998)
  • #2295 Die Rückkehr (2005)
  • #2503 Die Falle von Dhogar (2009)
  • Stellaris #25 Ein unbedeutender Mann (published in Perry Rhodan #2614, 2011)
  • #2700 Der Techno-Mond (2013)
  • #2812 Willkommen im Tamanium! (2015)
  • #2813 An Rhodans Grab (2015)
Anthologies (edited)

Non-fiction

  • Das Buch von der Zukunft: Ein Reiseführer (2004), ISBN 3-87134-476-1

Further reading

  • Sonja Fritzsche: Eco-Eschbach. Sustainability in the Science Fiction of Andreas Eschbach, in: Detectives, Dystopias, and Poplit. Studies in Modern German Fiction, ed. Bruce B. Campbell, Alison Guenther-Pal, Vibeke Rützou Petersen; Camden House, Rochester/NY 2014. S. 67–87. ISBN 978-1-57113-593-3

External links

  1. ^ Short stories unless otherwise noted.
2014 in science fiction

The year 2014 was marked by the following events in science fiction.

Andreas

Andreas (Greek: Ἀνδρέας) is a name usually given to males in Austria, Greece, Cyprus, Denmark, Armenia, Finland, Flanders, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Italy, Romania, and the Netherlands. The name derives from the Greek noun ἀνήρ anir – with genitive ἀνδρός andros –, which means "man" (i.e. male human being). See article on Andrew for more information. Also in regard to the name Andreas, it may be used in the feminine as Andrea, which is instead the main male form in Italy and the canton of Ticino in Switzerland.

Arno Schmidt

Arno Schmidt (18 January 1914 – 3 June 1979) was a German author and translator. He is little known outside of German-speaking areas, in part because his works present a formidable challenge to translators. Although he is not one of the popular favourites within Germany, critics and writers often consider him to be one of the most important German-language writers of the 20th century.

Deutscher Science Fiction Preis

Deutscher Science Fiction Preis is a German literary award. Together with the Kurd-Laßwitz-Preis, it is one of the most prestigious awards for German science fiction literature. The award was established in 1985 by the Science Fiction Club Deutschland, a German Science Fiction society. Each year, the award is given to the best German science fiction short story and the best German novel from the previous year.

Eine Billion Dollar

Eine Billion Dollar is a 2001 novel by German writer Andreas Eschbach. Its plot revolves around a young pizza driver from New York City, who inherits a trillion US dollars from one of his ancestors who lived in 16th century Florence. With the money comes a prophecy that he must use it to give humanity back its lost future.

The title is correctly translated into English as "One Trillion Dollars", as it refers to the long scale use of the word billion (10), which is called a trillion in the short scale.

Eurocon

Eurocon is an annual science fiction convention held in Europe. The organising committee of each Eurocon is selected by vote of the participants of the previous event. The procedure is coordinated by the European Science Fiction Society. The first Eurocon was held in Trieste, Italy, in 1972. Unlike Worldcons, Eurocon is usually a title attached to an existing convention. The European SF Awards are given in most of the conventions giving recognition to the best works and achievements in science fiction.

Fix-up

A fix-up (or fixup) is a novel created from several short fiction stories that may or may not have been initially related or previously published. The stories may be edited for consistency, and sometimes new connecting material, such as a frame story or other interstitial narration, is written for the new work. The term was coined by the science fiction writer A. E. van Vogt, who published several fix-ups of his own, including The Voyage of the Space Beagle, but the practice (if not the term) exists outside of science fiction. The use of the term in science fiction criticism was popularised by the first (1979) edition of the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, edited by Peter Nicholls, which credited Van Vogt with the creation of the term.

The name comes from the modifications that the author needs to make in the original texts to make them fit together as though they were a novel. Foreshadowing of events from the later stories may be jammed into an early chapter of the fix-up, and character development may be interleaved throughout the book. Contradictions and inconsistencies between episodes are usually worked out.

Some fix-ups in their final form are more of a short story cycle or composite novel rather than a traditional novel with a single main plotline. Examples are Ray Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles and Isaac Asimov's I, Robot, both of which read as a series of short stories which may share plot threads and characters but which still act as self-contained stories. By contrast, van Vogt's The Weapon Shops of Isher is structured like a continuous novel although it incorporates material from three previous Van Vogt short stories.

Fix-ups became an accepted practice in American publishing during the 1950s, when science fiction and fantasy—once published primarily in magazines—began appearing increasingly in book form. Large book publishers like Doubleday and Simon & Schuster entered the market, greatly increasing demand for fiction. Authors created new manuscripts from old stories to sell to publishers. Algis Budrys in 1965 described fixups as a consequence of the lack of good supply during the "bad years for quality" of the mid-1950s, although citing The Martian Chronicles and Clifford D. Simak's City as among exceptions.

German literature

German literature comprises those literary texts written in the German language. This includes literature written in Germany, Austria, the German parts of Switzerland and Belgium, Liechtenstein, South Tyrol in Italy and to a lesser extent works of the German diaspora. German literature of the modern period is mostly in Standard German, but there are some currents of literature influenced to a greater or lesser degree by dialects (e.g. Alemannic).

Medieval German literature is literature written in Germany, stretching from the Carolingian dynasty; various dates have been given for the end of the German literary Middle Ages, the Reformation (1517) being the last possible cut-off point. The Old High German period is reckoned to run until about the mid-11th century; the most famous works are the Hildebrandslied and a heroic epic known as the Heliand. Middle High German starts in the 12th century; the key works include The Ring (ca. 1410) and the poems of Oswald von Wolkenstein and Johannes von Tepl. The Baroque period (1600 to 1720) was one of the most fertile times in German literature. Modern literature in German begins with the authors of the Enlightenment (such as Herder). The Sensibility movement of the 1750s–1770s ended with Goethe's best-selling Die Leiden des jungen Werther (1774). The Sturm und Drang and Weimar Classicism movements were led by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Friedrich Schiller. German Romanticism was the dominant movement of the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

Biedermeier refers to the literature, music, the visual arts and interior design in the period between the years 1815 (Vienna Congress), the end of the Napoleonic Wars, and 1848, the year of the European revolutions. Under the Nazi regime, some authors went into exile (Exilliteratur) and others submitted to censorship ("internal emigration", Innere Emigration). The Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to German language authors thirteen times (as of 2009), or the third most often after English and French language authors (with 27 and 14 laureates, respectively), with winners including Thomas Mann, Hermann Hesse, and Günter Grass.

Grand prix de l'Imaginaire

The grand prix de l'Imaginaire (GPI, "grand prize of the Imaginary"), until 1992 the grand prix de la science-fiction française, is a French literary award for speculative fiction, established in 1972 by the writer Jean-Pierre Fontana as part of the science fiction convention of Clermont-Ferrand.

Initially purely a science fiction award, the award's scope was widened to encompass all fields of speculative fiction in 1992. From 2000 to 2010 it was awarded as part of the Utopiales festival in Nantes. It is now part of the Étonnants Voyageurs festival of Saint-Malo.

Jesus Video

Jesus Video is a 1998 novel by German writer Andreas Eschbach. Its plot revolves around the search for a hidden video camera that is believed to hold digital footage of Jesus made by a time traveller.

The book had very limited success as a hardcover and only became a bestseller after being re-released under the title Das Jesus Video in paperback. In 1999 it won the Kurd-Laßwitz-Preis in the German Novel category.A combination prequel and sequel novel with the German title Der Jesus-Deal was published in 2014.

Kurd Laßwitz Award

The Kurd Laßwitz Award (German: Kurd-Laßwitz-Preis) is possibly the best-known science fiction award from Germany. The award is named after the science fiction author Kurd Laßwitz. Eligible for nomination in all categories except for the Foreign Work category are only works published in German originally.Wolfgang Jeschke has won the award 19 times in four different categories, while Andreas Eschbach has won the prize 9 times in two different categories. The foreign-language category includes novels, stories, collections and non-fiction. Iain Banks and China Miéville won the foreign-language prize four times. Other authors to win multiple times are Hans Joachim Alpers, Carl Amery, Herbert W. Franke, Ian McDonald, Michael Marrak, and Connie Willis.

List of German-language authors

This list contains the names of persons (of any ethnicity or nationality) who wrote fiction, essays, or plays in the German language. It includes both living and deceased writers.

Most of the medieval authors are alphabetized by their first name, not by their sobriquet.

Perry Rhodan

Perry Rhodan is the eponymous hero of a German science fiction novel series which has been published each week since 8 September 1961 in the 'Romanhefte' format (digest-sized booklets, usually containing 66 pages, the German equivalent of the now-defunct American pulp magazine) by Pabel-Moewig Verlag, a subsidiary of Bauer Media Group. As of February 2019, 3000 booklet novels of the original series plus 850 spinoff novels of the sister series Atlan plus over 400 paperbacks and 200 hardcovers have been published, totalling over 300,000 pages. Having sold approximately two billion copies (in novella format) worldwide alone, (including over one billion in Germany), it is the most successful science fiction book series ever written. The first billion of worldwide sales was celebrated in 1986.The first 126 novels (plus five novels of the spinoff series Atlan) were translated into English and published by Ace Books between 1969 and 1978, with the same translations used for the British edition published by Futura Publications which issued only 39 novels. When Ace cancelled its translation of the series, translator Wendayne Ackerman self-published the following 19 novels (under the business name 'Master Publications') and made them available by subscription only. Financial disputes with the German publishers led to the cancellation of the American translation in 1979.

An attempt to revive the series in English was made in 1997–1998 by Vector Publications of the US which published translations of four issues (1800–1803) from the current storyline being published in Germany at the time.

The series and its spin-offs have captured a substantial fraction of the original German science fiction output and exert influence on many German writers in the field. The series is told in an arc storyline structure. An arc—called a "cycle"—would have anywhere from 25 to 100 issues devoted to it, similar subsequent cycles are referred to as a "grand-cycle".Matthias Rust, the then-19 year old aviator who landed his Cessna 172 aircraft on the Red Square in Moscow in 1987, has cited Perry Rhodan's adventures as his main inspiration to penetrate Soviet airspace.

Premio Ignotus

Premios Ignotus are annual Spanish literary awards that were created in 1991 by the Asociación Española de Fantasía|Ciencia Ficción y Terror (AEFCFT). The awards, which are in the genres of science fiction and fantasy, are voted on by members of Hispacon, the national science fiction convention of Spain. The method appears to be very similar to the Hugo Awards.

Self-replicating spacecraft

The idea of self-replicating spacecraft has been applied – in theory – to several distinct "tasks". The particular variant of this idea applied to the idea of space exploration is known as a von Neumann probe, after being conceived by mathematician John von Neumann. Other variants include the Berserker and an automated terraforming seeder ship.

The Carpet Makers

The Carpet Makers (German original title: Die Haarteppichknüpfer) is a science fiction novel by German writer Andreas Eschbach, originally published in 1995.

The first English language edition, released in 2005 by Tor Books, features a foreword by Orson Scott Card.

The book is set on a planet whose sole industry is weaving elaborate rugs. The carpets are made of human hair and require a lifetime of work to complete. The book is a series of inter-related stories that give increasingly more detail on the nature and purpose of the rugs and why the universe has tens of thousands of planets solely devoted to making such a thing, each thinking they are the only one.

There is a predecessor to The Carpet Makers titled Quest (2001), which has not been translated into English so far.

Wolfgang Jeschke

Wolfgang Jeschke (19 November 1936 – 10 June 2015) was a German sci-fi author and editor at Heyne Verlag. In 1987, he won the Harrison Award for international achievements in science fiction.

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