Release Date 30 March 2021
Edited by Francesca T Barbini and Francesco Verso
Available in Italian by Future Fiction
The stories in Nova Hellas take us on a dystopian, harsh journey. Yet their protagonists are resilient, cunning and resourceful; they thrive, not only survive.
In doing so, they reflect both the history of Greece itself, always surviving and rebuilding, always claiming a better tomorrow – and, perhaps, to a smaller degree, the stubbornness of Greek science fiction, which insisted on thriving in adverse circumstances and against much opposition.
The authors accompanying us on this journey are Vasso Christou, Kostas Charitos, Ioanna Bourazopoulou, Michalis Manolios, Yiannis Papadopoulos, Kelly Theodorakopoulou, Eugenia Triantafyllou, Lina Theodorou, Dimitra Nikolaidou, Natalia Theodoridou and Stamatis Stamatopoulos.
“Often underwater, sometimes entirely virtual, facing calamities from austerity to beepocalypse, near-future Greece comes to life in these stories. Forget everything you learned in school, on vacation, or from the faded memories of your immigrant γιαγιά. Λοιπόν, this is the real deal.” Nick Mamatas, author of The Planetbreaker’s Son and The Second Shooter.
"I was really impressed with this collection and its variety and the approach used by the authors. There is also a great introduction to the history of the Greek SF scene in the introduction by Dimitra Nikolaidou. This is science fiction with bite and a very social political focus to make the reader consider the issues raised. Knowing recent Greek history, it is not too hard to see why the future feels both bleak and unpredictable but throughout the tales it is about people finding a way through a problem – perhaps not unchanged but making do. I would highly recommend this to science fiction fans and a reminder that SF crosses more boundaries than just outer space." Runalong the Shelves
"A fantastic example of recent developments in international Science Fiction. I’m always glad of the opportunity to read some non-anglophone SF and enjoy both the differences brought about by a different language and culture and also the similarities of the cross-cultural SF milieu." Read the full review on SFCrowsnest