This anthology showcases the best Israeli science fiction and fantasy literature published since the 1980s. The stories included come from Hebrew, Russian, and English-language sources, and include well-known authors such as Shimon Adaf, Pesach (Pavel) Amnuel, Gail Hareven, Savyon Liebrecht, Nava Semel and Lavie Tidhar, as well as a hot-list of newly translated Israeli writers. The book features: an historical and contemporary survey of Israeli science fiction and fantasy literature by the editors; a foreword by revered SF/F writer Robert Silverberg,; an afterword by Dr. Aharon Hauptman, the founding editor of Fantasia 2000, Israel’s seminal SF/F magazine; an author biography for each story included in the volume; and illustrations for each story by award winning American-born Israeli srtist, Avi Katz.
PRAISE FOR ZION’S FICTION
“Zion’s Fiction will supply a distinctive bright line to the spectrum of futuristic fiction, which stands in sore need of broadening, in the cause of promoting cross-cultural understanding as well as showcasing exciting new talent.”– Brian Stableford, author of over 70 novels and renowned SF historian
“Zion’s Fiction explores the unlimited dreams of a people who have learned to stand on shifting ground. To face a future filled with danger and hope, forging into territory that can only be surveyed with the lamp of imagination on our brows.”– David Brin, multiple Hugo and Nebula award-author of EARTH and Existence
“When my collection Wandering Stars: An Anthology of Jewish Fantasy and Science Fiction was published in 1974,[It] became a classic. And now…we have the first ever anthology in the entire universe of Israeli fantasy and science fiction: Zion’s Fiction…Go forth and read…and may you find Zion’s Fiction unexpected, delightful, and delirious!” –Jack Dann, award winning author and editor of over 75 books including The Memory Cathedral and The Silent
“The basic joy in science fiction and fantasy is the chance to look inside minds different from your own. Here’s your chance. Some bright minds in the nation of Israel have been exercising their imaginations, sharing their different dreams and nightmares, and the results are ours to enjoy.” – Larry Niven, a multiple Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of the Ringworld Series
Sheldon Teitelbaum, an award-winning Los Angeles-based Canadian/American/Israeli writer, and former member of the Editorial Board of Fantasia 2000, is a longtime commentator on Jewish and Israeli science fiction and fantasy literature who has published widely in the Los Angeles Times, Cinefantastique, The Jerusalem Report, Foundation: The Review of Science Fiction, and The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction
Emanuel Lottem, a central figure in Israeli science fiction and fantasy scene and former member of the Editorial Board of Fantasia 2000, is the translator and editor of some of the best SF/F books published in Hebrew, and a moving force in the creation of the Israeli Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy.
Avi Katz, an award-winning American-born Israeli illustrator, cartoonist, and painter, is the staff illustrator of Jerusalem Report magazine. He has illustrated over 170 books in Israel and the United States.
Foreword by Robert Silverberg (2,000 words)
Introduction by Sheldon Teitelbaum and Emanuel Lottem (13,500 words)
The Smell of Orange Groves by Lavie Tidhar (5,250 words)
The Slows by Gail Hareven (4,000 words)
Burn Alexandria by Keren Landsman (10,500 words)
The Perfect Girl by Guy Hasson (18,650 words)
Hunter of Stars by Nava Semel (6,000 words)
The Believers by Nir Yaniv (3,650 words)
In the Mirror by Rotem Baruchin (2,175 words)
Suddenly, a Knock on the Door by Etgar Keret (1,700 words)
The Stern-Gerlach Mice by Mordechai Sasson (5,000 words)
A Good Place for the Night by Savyon Liebrecht (14,200 words)
Death in Jerusalem by Elana Gomel (7,800 words)
White Curtain by Pesakh (Pavel) Amnuel (3,250 words)
Two Minutes Too Early by Gur Shomron (4880 words)
A Man’s Dream by Yael Furman (4,175 words)
My Crappy Autumn by Nitay Peretz (15,450 words)
They Had to Move by Shimon Adaf (5,150 words)
Afterword by Aharon Hauptman (950 words)
The Editors (900 words)
Acknowledgements (1,000 Words)
This is an essential and important work of genre scholarship that will introduce the vital work of Jewish and Arab authors in Israel as they create the future and, to steal a phrase, explore strange new worlds and boldly go where no mensch has gone before. –Mark Altman, Writer/Producer, Free Enterprise, "World’s Foremost Trekspert" (The Los Angeles Times).
What a rate of mutation! That mystic shepherds should become a people of priests and sacrifices, then transform under hard pressure into enduring, argumentative teachers, then again into scientific pioneers… and now? Zion’s Fiction explores the unlimited dreams of a people who have learned to stand on shifting ground. To face a future filled with danger and hope, forging into territory that can only be surveyed with the lamp of imagination on our brows.– David Brin, author of EARTH and Existence
There is no gainsaying the worth of a literary anthology, especially in the field of fantastic literature. Other Canadas created the concept of Canadian science fiction and fantasy. I have no doubt that the anthology proposed by Sheldon Teitelbaum and his collaborators will do the same for the literature of the powerful imagination of the Israeli people.– John Robert Colombo, author, anthologist
I have never been a fan of science fiction but I am fanatic about celebrating the incredible diversity of opinion, artistic expression and, yes, thought that the Jewish people in Israel celebrate every day. In a region where freedom remains as scarce as water in the desert, I know that Zion’s Fiction will attract many followers — Science Fiction mavens the world over... and the rest of us, Jews and non-Jews alike. B’hatzlacha! [Good luck!] – Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean, The Simon Wiesenthal Center, Los Angeles.
When my collection Wandering Stars: An Anthology of Jewish Fantasy and Science Fiction was published eight hundred years ago in 1974, the estimable author Leo Rosten asked, “Jewish Science fiction?” In fact everybody asked… “What? Jewish science fiction?” Bless his heart, Leo Rosten went on to say that the book was “unexpected, delightful, and delirious,” and what seemed at first to be a “huh?” idea became a classic. And now…now, right now, we have the first ever anthology in the entire universe of Israeli fantasy and science fiction: Zion’s Fiction. What??? Israeli Science fiction??? So, nu? Go forth and read…and may you find Zion’s Fiction unexpected, delightful, and delirious!– Jack Dann, author, anthologist
I’m thrilled to hear of this project. At last I can read some of Israel’s best science fiction! Translators are the hidden heroes that make the global village work. I co-edited ‘Speculative Japan’ a collection of Japanese SF, and I know that the translations in Zion’s Fiction will be first rate. The quality of the translation decides the quality of the book, and I know that the translations in Zion’s Fiction will be first rate. I co-edited Speculative Japan, a collection of Japanese SF. I know that the quality of the translations decides the quality of the book, and I know that the translations in Zion’s Fiction will be first rate.– Grania Davis, editor, writer, translator, widow of American-Israeli SF writer Avram Davidson
Israeli writers and readers need an anthology like this. May it accomplish for Israeli science fiction the wonders and mind-opening possibilities that science fiction offers– James Gunn, author, anthologist, teacher, SF historian
The State of Israel’s rebirth was a miracle. Its survival to this day is a continuing miracle. It is a land of scientific and human miracles. It makes perfect sense that Israel’s rich and tumultuous culture should produce a blossoming science fiction community. A land that welcomes Ashkenazi, Sephardim, Ethiopian Jewry, Arabs, Russians — a melting pot of the world’s intellects and creators — will inevitably bless the world with its unique and uniquely varied visions! – Richard A. Lupoff, novelist, editor, SF historian, critic, radio host
One of Israel’s best-kept secrets has been the existence of a vibrant, colorful and imaginative community of mostly young science fiction and fantasy writers. Their work, long hidden behind the language barrier, is now about to burst out to the world in the Zion’s Fiction anthology. May the Force be with them! – Avi Nesher, internationally acclaimed Israeli filmmaker
Great storytelling has been coming out of the Holy Land since the time of the Book of Genesis, and the tradition probably goes back a long way before that. This splendid new anthology will open a window on contemporary Israeli fantasy and science fiction — a stream of powerful work that we need to know more about. - Robert Silverberg, author, anthologist
Zion’s Fiction will supply a distinctive bright line to the spectrum of futuristic fiction, which stands in sore need of broadening, in the cause of promoting cross-cultural understanding as well as showcasing exciting new talent. – Brian Stableford, author, SF historian