ФантАstika: Almanac of Bulgarian Speculative Fiction

version 2020-07-13

Terra Fantasia Association of Bulgarian SF & F Writers and Artists / 7
Human Library Foundation / 12
ФантАstika Almanac: origins and visions / 14
Introductory notes / 16
Alternative reading orders / 18

Science Fiction / 22
Artist: Dimitar Yankov / 22
“Love in the Time of Con Crud” by Elena Pavlova / 33
“How I Saved the World, Or, The Best Job” by Valentin D. Ivanov / 40
“Beating the Air” by Velko Miloev / 48
Artist: Vasil Ivanov / 54
The Celestial Way by Drake Vato (excerpts) / 64
“Deflation” by Valentin D. Ivanov / 89
“Virgil and the Water” by Svetoslav Nikolov / 93
“Mindster” by Valentin D. Ivanov / 113
Artist: Atanas P. Slavov / 123
“The Empty Room” by Aleksandar Karapanchev / 149
“The Most Terrible Beast” by Khristo Poshtakov / 156
Artist: Kalin Nikolov (Illustrations) / 161
“Father” by Ivaylo G. Ivanov / 177
Artist: Stefan Lefterov / 185

Fantasy & Magic Realism / 197
To Wake a Dragon Girl by Nikolay Tellalov (excerpt) / 199
Artist: Kate Danailova / 216
“The Assassination” by Johan Vladimir / 222
Artist: Plamen Semkov / 253
I, Sinner Ivan by Nikolay Svetlev (excerpt) / 262
“Three Tales of a Very Windy Town” by Lyubomir P. Nikolov / 268
The Coin by Lights amidst Shadows (excerpt) / 273
Artist: Peter Stanimirov / 295
“Words Unspoken, Beasts Unnamed” by Krasimira Stoeva / 307
Mina, the Spells and the White Vial by Vesela Flamburari (excerpt) / 327
Orpheus Descends into Hell by Georgi Malinov (excerpt) / 333
Artist: Dimo Milanov / 346
“The Dragon and the Orange Juice” by Genoveva Detelinova / 356

Avant-garde Speculative Fiction / 373
“Impossibly Blue” by Zdravka Evtimova / 374
“Asked the Soldier, ‘Who Called Me?’” by Yancho Cholakov / 378
“A Small Step” by Mari Paskalev / 391
“Journey to Akkad” by Val Todorov / 397
Artist: Kalin Nikolov (Graphic Arts) / 415
“Dragonflies and Planets” by Aleksandar Karapanchev / 421
“That Thing Gone with the Birds” by Val Todorov / 423
“The Film-thin Bound” by Kalin M. Nenov / 432
Chirpy Firewood by Maria Velcheva (excerpts) / 434
“Wrong” by Zdravka Evtimova / 459
“In the Beginning Was the Subway” by Lyubomir P. Nikolov / 465
Artist: Georgi Markov / 479

Fandom / 485
Ivan Yefremov SF & Futurology Club / 485
Chronicles of Ivan Yefremov SF Club / 486
Artist: Emil Valev / 498

Futurum / 502
“The Keresztury TVirs” by Ivan Popov / 503

Acknowledgments / 510