The Black Mirror and Other Stories: An Anthology of Science Fiction from Germany and Austria

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Rottensteiner, Franz, editor and Introduction. The Black Mirror and Other Stories: An Anthology of Science Fiction from Germany and Austria. Translated by Mike Mitchell. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2008, 2009.[1]

See Internet Speculative Fiction Database for reviews (linked above) and note that of Leon Marvell in SFRA Review #290 (Fall 2009): pp. 14-15.[2] In his Introduction, Rottensteiner calls attention to the German contribution to Future War novels (cf. Voices Prophesying War) and Marvell notes those of " Hans Dominik [... where] the hero is usually an engineer fighting against unsavory foreign types bent on espionage and sabotage. The key to the eventual triumph of the hero is the development of some new kind of power (such as electricity drawn from the atmosphere in his Himmelskraft [Power from the Air, 1939]). Rottensteiner adds that Dominik’s new technology is also sometimes supplemented by 'occult' wisdom drawn from the East, or else the new form of power is realized through the help of 'Asiatic forces'” (Marvell p. 14) — a combination of interest to students of SF, and Nazis.

See for "The Eye that Never Weeps.



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