Why Worldcon 75 and what is Parsek?

This year’s Worldcon is very special to me (even though I didn’t attend) because I was asked to be the Editor in Chief for this special issue of Parsek, Worldcon Edition, published exclusively in English. It’s already receiving great feedback from Worldcon attendees!

Parsek is the oldest Croatian science fiction fanzine, first published in 1977 and still running. It is PARadoxical and SEC(K)ular, the official fanzine/bulletin of SFERA. SFERA is Croatia’s oldest SF&F Association, and next year, in 2018., it will celebrate the 40th SFERAKON Anniversary. Alongside SFERAKON (SF&F Convention), the fandom in our little Croatia has grown so much that we now offer over 10 conventions and other SF&F themed events, and more than 20 medieval tournaments and renaissance festivals throughout the year. There is a calendar on the back cover of Parsek with a list of Croatia’s biggest SFF Conventions. We might be small, but we are mighty … and so are our writers.

In this special issue, I wanted to introduce to the fandom some aspects of Croatian SF&F. One of the more interesting aspects might be what Croatia has to offer for writers and readers worldwide. Certainly, some of you will find the information about Croatia’s Old Gods and Mythological Creatures interesting and inspiring. If you continue on to the Legend of the Black Queen, I am sure you’ll agree with me that those scheming Borgias have nothing on our Barbara Celjska.

The cover art was based on Croatian deities, and you will find more of the artist’s amazing illustrations within this issue of Parsek, as he drew inspiration from some of the stories. If you like his work, please like the artist’s FB page as well (he does custom book covers as well).

There are many more Croatian myths and legends to inspire one. Did you know that the first real person described as a vampire in historical records was Jure Grando from Kringa, Croatia? Croatia was also popular with Jules Verne, and is a major filming location for many TV shows, such as Game of Thrones. You also get to learn more about Croatian cosplay and video game production.

Eight authors have their stories featured in this issue. I hope you will enjoy reading my selection. Some of them are the most prolific and known Croatian writers, and some are yet unpublished, this issue their first step into the publishing world. We have a bit of everything, so you are bound to read something you’ll enjoy. Most of our authors are very versatile, writing short stories, novels, SF&F related articles, translating books and comics, TV shows, and recently even having their short stories made into stage shows. This issue is limited to Croatian authors only, but otherwise, Parsek is open to international submissions and they will translate them into Croatian for you, but alas, they are not a paying market. Currently, they are only able to provide translations from English and Italian.

I’m proud to say that I invested extra effort and time to make this Worldcon edition additionally shiny looking.

For now, the print version of Parsek was only available at Worldcon, but it will also be available for purchase on different Croatian conventions and at SFERA. If you want to buy your own print copy, feel free to contact me and I will set you up ;). Also, it will be published for FREE as a pdf on http://parsek.sfera.hr/. I will be sure to keep you updated on my FB page.

And last, but not least, if you want a chance to win a signed copy of the Worldcon Edition of Parsek (signed by me and some of the featured authors/artists), visit my FB page and check out the pinned post.

Good luck!

Maya

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