The Black Mirror and Other Stories: An Anthology of Science Fiction from Germany and Austria

Franz Rottensteiner, Editor, Mike Mitchell, Translator , trans. from the German by Mike Mitchell. Wesleyan Univ. $85 (377p) ISBN 978-0-8195-6830-4 ISBN 978-0-8195-6831-1

Handsomely equipped with a comprehensive introductory historical essay, editor's notes and selected bibliography, this distinguished anthology is a model of genre research. These previously untranslated stories, published from 1871 onward, offer reading virtually unknown to most American (and many German) readers. Some authors combine scientific and philosophical issues, like Kurd Lasswitz in his witty tale “To the Absolute Zero of Existence: A Story from 2371,” while others, as in Erik Simon's 1983 title story, pose psychological puzzles involving alien phenomena. Though the earlier stories in particular demand painstaking reading, all of them repay it with rewarding insights into German and Austrian culture and the many possible uses and misuses of science. (Dec.)

Reviewed on: 10/13/2008
Release date: 12/01/2008
Genre: Fiction
Hardcover - 377 pages - 978-0-8195-6830-4
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