Science Fiction and Fantasy in Israel

Society Activities:

• The Tenth Dimension
• The Online Magazine
• Conventions
• The Geffen Award

Articles:

• An Israeli Fantasy
  by Guy Hasson
• SF in Israel
  by Inbal Sagiv

Israeli SF&F Writers:

• Guy Hasson
• Lavie Tidhar
• Nir Yaniv
• Vered Tochterman

The Geffen Award



The Geffen Awards are presented by the Israeli Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy, and are named after the late Amos Geffen, one of the first editors and translators of sci-fi in Israel. In many ways, Amos Geffen's work shaped the field of SF&F in Israel, and his influence is still indelible. The award is presented each year at the Israeli SF&F convention, known as ICon, and is voted on by the participants of the convention. The Geffen is currently awarded in four categories:
1. Best translated SF book
2. Best translated fantasy book
3. Best original short story
4. Best novel or short fiction collection (this category appears once every two years)
The award's rules and constitution are available (in Hebrew) here.

Geffen Award Winners, 2008

Best Translated Science Fiction Book:
I Am Legend / Richard Matheson
Yanshuf Publishing, translated by Yael Inbar

Best Translated Fantasy Book:
The Wee Free Men / Terry Pratchett
Kidmat Eden Publishing, translated by Yonatan Bar

Best Translated YA or Children SF&F Book:
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows / J. K. Rowling
Yediot books Publishing, translated by Gili Bar-Hillel Semo

Best Original Hebrew SF&F Short Story:
Where Books are Lost / Lili Daie
Published in Don't Panic! Online Magazine

Best Original Hebrew Book:
The Water Between the Worlds / Hagar Yanai
Keter Publishing


Best Translation of a SF&F book:
Gili Bar-Hillel Semo For Translating the book: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows / J. K. Rowling
Yediot books Publishing


Geffen Award Winners, 2007

Best Translated Science Fiction Book:
Old Man's War / John Scalzi
Translated by Raz Greenberg, Yanshuf Publishing

Best Translated Fantasy Book:
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell / Susanna Clarke
Translated by Vered Tochterman, Yanshuf Publishing

Best Original Hebrew SF&F Short Story:
In the Mirror / Rotem Baruchin
The Tenth Dimension Magazine, issue 29


Best Original Hebrew Book:
The Whale of Babylon / Hagar Yanai
Keter Publishing


Geffen Award Winners, 2006

Best Translated Science Fiction Book:
Spin / Robert Charles Wilson
Translated by Didi Chanoch, Graff Publishing

Best Translated Fantasy Book:
Anansi Boys / Neil Gaiman
Translated by Vered Tochterman, Opus Press

Best Original Hebrew SF&F Short Story:
East of Eden / Hagay Averbuch
The Israeli Society for SF&F Online Magazine

Geffen Award Winners, 2005

Best Translated Science Fiction Book:
Childhood's End / Arthur C. Clarke
Translated by Didi Chanoch, Yanshuf Publishing

Best Translated Fantasy Book:
Transformation / Carol Berg
Translated by Didi Chanoch, Graff Publishing

Best Original Hebrew SF&F Short Story:
The Perfect Girl / Guy Hasson
Dreams in Aspamia magazine, Translated by Vered Tochterman

Best Original Hebrew Book:
End's World / Ofir Touche Gafla
Keter Publishing


Geffen Award Winners, 2004

Best translated science fiction book:
Warchild / Karin Lowachee
Translated by Inval Sagiv; Opus Press

Best translated fantasy book:
Smoke and Mirrors / Neil Gaiman (Opus Press)
Translated by Yael Achmon; Opus Press

Best original SF/Fantasy short story:
Dragon Checkpoint / Rami Shalheveth (The Tenth Dimension, issue 18)


Geffen Award Winners, 2003

Best translated science fiction book:
Solaris / Stanislaw Lem
Translated by Aharon Hauptman; Keter publishing house

Best translated fantasy book:
American Gods / Neil Gaiman
Translated by Rechavia Berman; Opus Press

Best original SF/Fantasy short story:
All-of-Me(TM) / Guy Hasson
Published in Dreams in Aspamia SF&F Magazine

Best original SF/Fantasy book:
Sometimes It's Different / Vered Tochterman
Opus Press

Reports of the 2003 Geffen Award: The Locus Report, The SFcrowsnest Report


Geffen Award Winners, 2002


Best translated science fiction book:
Fahrenheit 451 /Ray Bradbury
Translated by Noa Manheim; Odyssey publishing house
Best translated fantasy book:
A Storm of Swords / George R. R. Martin
Translated by David Chanoch; Opus Press
Best original SF/Fantasy short story:
Me and Grandma Go Shopping / Hamutal Levin
Published in Don't Panic! Online Magazine


Geffen Award Winners, 2001


Best translated science fiction book:
Ender's Shadow / Orson Scott Card
Translated by Rechavia Berman; Opus Press
Best translated fantasy book:
The Anubis Gates / Tim Powers
Translated by Vered Tochterman; Opus Press

Geffen Award Winners, 2000

Best translated science fiction book:
Dune: House Atreides / Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson
Translated by Dorit Landes; Am Oved publishing house
Best translated fantasy book:
Stardust / Neil Gaiman
Translated by Ornit Shachar; Opus Press

Geffen Award Winners, 1999

Best translated science fiction book:
Pastwatch / Orson Scott Card
Translated by Rechavia Berman; Opus Press
Best translated fantasy book:
Swords and Deviltry / Fritz Leiber
Translated by Adva Zeltser; Opus Press