Herbert W. Franke

Herbert W. Franke (born 14 May 1927 in Vienna) is an Austrian scientist and writer. Die Zeit calls him "the most prominent German writing Science Fiction author". He is also active in the fields of future research, speleology as well as computer graphics and digital art.


Franke studied physics, mathematics, chemistry, psychology and philosophy in Vienna. He received his doctorate in theoretical physics in 1950 by writing a dissertation about electron optics.

Since 1957, he has worked as a freelance author. From 1973 to 1997 he held a lectureship in "Cybernetical Aesthetic" at Munich University (later computer graphics - computer art). In 1979, he co-founded Ars Electronica in Linz/Austria. In 1979 and 1980, he lectured in "introduction to perception psychology" at the Art & Design division of the Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences. Also in 1980 he became a selected member of the German PEN club.[1]

A collection of short stories titled "The Green Comet" was his first book publication. In 1998, Franke attended a SIGGRAPH computer graphics conference in Orlando and was a juror at the "VideoMath Festival" Berlin.[2] He also took part in innumerable performances and presentations.


  • 1963 "Planet der Verlorenen" (Planet of the lost) as Sergius Both.[3]
  • 1964 The Magic of Molecules (Magie der Moleküle, 1958)
  • 1973 The Orchid Cage (Der Orchideenkäfig, 1961)
  • 1974 The Mind Net (Das Gedankennetz, 1961)
  • 1974 Zone Null (Zone Null, 1970)
  • 1979 Ypsilon minus (Ypsilon Minus, 1976)
  • 1971 Computer Graphics: Computer Art (Computergraphik - Computerkunst, 1971)
  • 2003 "Vorstoß in die Unterwelt - Abenteuer Höhlenforschung" (Approach to the Underworld - Adventure Cave Research) was published.
  • 2004 "Sphinx_2" released.
  • 2005 "Cyber City Süd" released.
  • 2006 "Auf der Spur des Engels" released.
  • 2007 "Flucht zum Mars" released.

Awards and honours

Museum collections and exhibitions


  1. ^ Wolf Lieser. Digital Art. Langenscheidt: h.f. ullmann. 2009. pp. 26, 29, 31-2, 38, 274
  2. ^ VideoMath festival jury page
  3. ^ ISFDB.org: Herbert W. Franke - Summary Bibliography
  4. ^ "Reply to a parliamentary question" (pdf) (in German). p. 1774. Retrieved 1 November 2012.

External links

28th World Science Fiction Convention

The 28th World Science Fiction Convention, also known as Heicon '70, was held 20–24 August 1970 at the Stadthalle Heidelberg in Heidelberg, West Germany.

Manfred Kage eventually became Heicon's convention chairman, the last of more than a dozen fans who briefly held the position during the convention's rocky organizational period. The professional guests of honor were E. C. Tubb (UK), Robert Silverberg (US), and Herbert W. Franke (Germany). Elliot K. Shorter, the 1970 Trans Atlantic Fan Fund (TAFF) winner, was the fan guest of honor. The toastmaster was John Brunner. Total attendance was approximately 620.

Ars Electronica

Ars Electronica Linz GmbH is an Austrian cultural, educational and scientific institute active in the field of new media art, founded in Linz in 1979. It is based at the Ars Electronica Center, which houses the Museum of the Future, in the city of Linz. Ars Electronica’s activities focus on the interlinkages between art, technology and society. It runs an annual festival, and manages a multidisciplinary media arts R&D facility known as the Futurelab. It also confers the Prix Ars Electronica awards.

Caves of Mars Project

The Caves of Mars Project was an early 2000s program funded through Phase II by the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts

to assess the best place to situate the research and habitation modules that a human mission to Mars would require. The final report was published in mid 2004.

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.

Edmund Berkeley

Edmund Callis Berkeley (February 22, 1909 – March 7, 1988) was an American computer scientist who co-founded the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) in 1947. His 1949 book Giant Brains, or Machines That Think popularized cognitive images of early computers. He was also a social activist who worked to achieve conditions that might minimize the threat of nuclear war.

Efi Arazi

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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.


Franke is both a German-language surname and a given name.

Franz Rottensteiner

Franz Rottensteiner (born 18 January 1942) is an Austrian publisher and critic in the fields of science fiction and speculative fiction in general.

Georg Nees

Georg Nees (23 June 1926 – 3 January 2016) was a German academic who was a pioneer of computer art and generative graphics. He studied mathematics, physics and philosophy in Erlangen and Stuttgart and was scientific advisor at the SEMIOSIS, International Journal of semiotics and aesthetics. In 1977, he was appointed Honorary Professor of Applied computer science at the University of Erlangen Nees is one of the "3N" computer pioneers, an abbreviation that has become acknowledged for Frieder Nake, Georg Nees and A. Michael Noll, whose computer graphics were created with digital computers.

Herbert (given name)

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Herbert Franke

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Herbert Franke (sinologist) (1914–2011), German historian of China

Herbert W. Franke (born 1927), Austrian scientist and writer

J. A. Lawrence

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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 Worldcons

This World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) list includes prior and scheduled Worldcons. The data is maintained by the Long List Committee, a World Science Fiction Society sub-committee.


Name – a convention is normally listed by the least confusing version of its name. This is usually the name preferred by the convention, but fannish tradition is followed in retroactively numbering the first Worldcon in a series 1 (or I or One).

Guests of honor – custom in designating guests of honor has varied greatly, with some conventions giving specific titles (Fan, Pro, Australia, U.S., Artist, etc.) and some simply call them all guests of honor. Specific labels have been used where they existed, as have regional variants in spelling.

Size – where available, this column records two numbers: how many paying members attended the Worldcon and how many total members there were (in parentheses). The available data is very incomplete and imprecise and many of these numbers are probably substantially in error.1942–1945: Worldcon not held due to World War II

Phantastik-Preis der Stadt Wetzlar

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The Beauty of Fractals

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The book includes a total of 184 illustrations, including 88 full-colour pictures of Julia sets. Although the format suggests a coffee table book, the discussion of the background of the presented images addresses some sophisticated mathematics which would not be found in popular science books. In 1987 the book won an Award for distinguished technical communication.

William Fetter

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Wolfgang Jeschke

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