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

Society News

13/10/06   2006 Geffen Award Winners
   

The 2006 Geffen Award winners were presented tonight at the ICon 2006 convention. The award was given in three categories, and the vote was opened to all the convention's visitors.
The winners are:

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

Best Translated Fantasy Books:
Anansi Boys / Neil Gaiman
Translated by Vered Tochterman, Opus Publishing

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

The best original Hebrew SF&F Short Story award was presented by Icon 2006's guest of honor, fantasy author Neil Gaiman.

More information on the Geffen Award, including the names of winners of past years, can be found in our Geffen Award Page. More details on ICon 2006 can be found in the convention's site.

   
20/10/05   2005 Geffen Award Winners
   

The 2005 Geffen Award winners were presented tonight at the ICon 2005 convention. The award was given in four categories, and the vote was opened to all the convention's visitors.
The winners are:

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

Best Translated Fantasy Books:
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

The best original Hebrew book award was presented by Icon 2005's guest of honor, American fantasy author Tim Powers.

More information on the Geffen Award, including the names of winners of past years, can be found in our Geffen Award Page. More details on ICon 2005 can be found in the convention's site.

   
6/9/05   2005 Geffen Award Nominees
    The final nominees for the 2005 Geffen Award are:

Translated Science Fiction Books
The Chronoliths / Robert Charles Wilson (Graf Press)
The Speed of Dark / Elizabeth Moon (Graf Press)
Burndive / Karin Lowachee (Opus Press)
Sky Coyote / Kage Baker (Modan Publishing)
Childhood's End / Arthur C. Clarke (Yanshuf Publishing)

Translated Fantasy Books
The Lions of Al-Rassan / Guy Gavriel Kay (Opus Press)
Transformation / Carol Berg (Graf Press)
The Amber Spyglass / Philip Pullman (Keter Publishing)
Wizard of the Pigeons / Megan Lindholm (Opus Press)
Guilty Pleasures / Laurell K. Hamilton (Modan Publishing)

Original Hebrew SF&F Short Stories

The Perfect Girl / Guy Hasson (Dreams in Aspamia)
Silent Nature / Rotem Baruchin (Dreams in Aspamia)
A Fairy Tale / Guy WIener (Dreams in Aspamia)
The Story of a Virgin / Yulia Gantman (Don't Panic Online Magazine)
Faraway Neighbors / Yulia Gantman (Don't Panic Online Magazine)
Captured Babies / Hagy Averbuch (The Israeli Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy Online Magazine)

Original Hebrew Books
Let It Be Morning / Said Kashua
Lily La Tigresse / Alona Kimhi
Life: The Game / Guy Hasson
Iroshalem / Efrat Roman-Asher
End's World / Ofir Touche Gafla

The Geffen Award ceremony will take place during the last day of the ICon 2005 convention. More information on the Geffen Award, including the names of winners of past years, can be found here.
   
1/9/05   ICon 2005
    The 8th major Israeli SF&F convention has been officially declared. The guest of honor is world famous fantasy author Tim Powers. This year's convention theme is, accordingly, Illusions. More information can be found in the convention's web site, which has also an English version. To find more about our conventions in general, click here.
   
15/3/05   Announcing a new convention: Worlds 2005
    A new passover convention - a co-operation of the Israeli Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy, Starbase 972 - The Israeli Star Trek Fan Club, The Israeli Tolkien Association and the Israeli Buffy Fan Club - will take place during the Passover holiday, 26-28/4/2005. The convention theme: Mythology.
Among the convention's highlights: the original Israeli theatrical productions Return of Sauron, premiere screenings of Shaun of the Dead and the documentary film Fairies and Other Stories, lectures by Israel's best SF&F authorities, as well as mythology experts, a writing workshop, and the announcement of the winners of the annual short-story contest and the second Israeli Filk contest.

More details on Worlds 2005 can be found in the convention's site.