Archive for March, 2010

‘Life: the Game’ in paperback

March 22, 2010
Life: the Game

Life: the Game

‘Life: the Game’ was published in paperback in Israel, translated into Hebrew, by Bitan Publishers. Adventure for young adults.

Joel Strickland is an awkward and shy fifteen-year-old. He has only one friend, girls don’t notice him, and bullies won’t stop harassing him. School is a battle-ground, and to escape it he invents a different battle-ground: He’s Captain Joel Strickland, fearless leader of the Resistance, whose job it is to rid Earth of the evil and alien Initiators!
One day, Joel accidentally unearths a strange artifact and accidentally pushes a button…
The artifact is the only thing that remains of an alien ship that had crashed on Earth three thousand years ago. It turns out to be a game for adolescent (alien) kids. But unlike our games, it doesn’t take place in a computer or on a screen, it takes place in reality.
The game transforms the entire city and everyone in it into participants in the game. And in the game it makes Joel’s imaginary world real. The sky is filled with hoverships, and the entire town is overtaken with the evil and ruthless aliens. Now Joel is supposed to be the fearless Captain who will lead the meager Resistance to victory. But Joel is hardly Captain material, and is ill-equipped to win the war.
But the game plays for keeps: the weapons are real, the dangers are real, people can really die, and the bad guys are as bad as bad can be. There is no way to exit the game except to win or to lose. And, as the game explains: To win, you have to defeat the Initiators; to lose, you die…

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‘Hatchling’ in paperback

March 22, 2010
Hatchling

Hatchling

‘Hatchling’, a collection of my short stories, was published in Israel, translated into Hebrew, by Bitan Publishers.

‘Hope for Utopia’ at Fictionwise

March 22, 2010
Hope for Utopia

Hope for Utopia

The first book I’d ever written, a few centuries ago, is available in electronic format at Fictionwise. Adventure and mysteries for young adults.

In the year 2239, colonists from Earth discover the remains of ancient technology buried under the sands of a distant planet. The aliens who created it abandoned everything without a trace of who they were or why they left. The technology can advance human knowledge by thousands of years, promising the creation of a true utopia. However, somewhere in its secrets is a lethal mouse-trap that has already sprung on the human race.

Published Italian Translation: The Perfect Girl

March 22, 2010

Nova SF #72

The Italian SF magazine, Nova SF, translated ‘The Perfect Girl’ into Italian.

‘The Perfect Girl’ also won the Geffen Award for Best Short Story in 2005.

Published Italian Translation: Her Destiny

March 22, 2010

Nova SF #68

The Italian SF magazine, Nova SF, translated ‘Her Destiny’ into Italian.

‘Her Destiny’ is also available online in English here, at Infinity Plus.

Published German Translation: All-of-Me(TM)

March 22, 2010

Nova #6

The German SF magazine, Nova, translated ‘All-of-Me(TM)’ into German.

Published Spanish Translation: The Levantine Experiments

March 22, 2010

Hispacon 2007

I was a guest of the 2007 SF convention in Spain, Hispacon.

‘The Folly of Freedom’ was published in 2007’s Hispacon book, translated into Spanish.

Later on, when Lavie Tidhar chose the story for the Apex Book of World SF, he changed its name to ‘The Levantine Experiments’.

The story is available in English online here.

Article on Writing (Hebrew): Creating New Worlds, Part II

March 22, 2010

I had a column, ‘On Writing’, in the Israeli SF magazine, ‘Dreams in Aspamia’. They are reprinted on the web.

Here is a link to the fourth article: Creating New Worlds, Part II.

Article on Writing (Hebrew): Creating New Worlds, Part I

March 22, 2010

I had a column, ‘On Writing’, in the Israeli SF magazine, ‘Dreams in Aspamia’. They are reprinted on the web.

Here is a link to the fourth article: Creating New Worlds, Part I.

Article on Writing (Hebrew): The Writing Exercises

March 22, 2010

I ran two online writing workshops in Israel. When I was done, the organizers of the forum compiled all the exercises and asked me to write a small article introducing them. The article is reprinted here.