dimarts, 1 de setembre de 2015

Elio & Linda: “George R.R. Martin often says he feels that we know Westeros better than he does”

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Elio & Linda.                                                                 Photo: Anna Guxens

“I don’t think it has just been a day in 18 years where we haven’t even mentioned A Song of Ice and Fire in some way!”. These are words of Linda Antonsson, one of the heads of the couple behind the most important webpage about this gigantic universe writer George R.R. Martin had been developing since 1996: www.westeros.org. With her husband, Elio M. García Jr, she has now written The World of Ice and Fire, a beautiful coffee table book that follows the recent history of the Seven Kingdoms and beyond with lots of attention-grabbing information and marvelous illustrations.
“We looked at actual medieval history because we were interested in how people viewed history back then, since they were still figuring it out”, they say. That’s the reason they invented the figure of Maester Yandel, which allows them to have an imperfect text that makes the book more interesting and realistic. Elio confesses he has developed Yandel’s whole story and he would love him to appear as the last A Dream of Spring point of view of. “He could write in his book: ‘And the winter came forever and ever’”.
For sure, A Song of Ice and Fire has changed the face of fantasy, turning it into “something adults can read without being ashamed or thinking of it as kid’s stuff”. And the TV show has definitely helped in that way. Thus, Elio & Linda are grateful to HBO because thanks to them there are more people willing to read the books. They even gave more exposure to their webpage, as the couple explains. “Despite Westeros is a term used in the Free Cities to describe the Seven Kingdoms, they are using it in the series all the time”. However, there are also things of the show that piss them off, like the fact a lot of people is now blame George for things HBO does that are not in the books or the fact the series will finish the story before the books, something that will be “very hard” for the fans.
Adria’s News takes advantage of their visit to Barcelona and thinks Gigamesh bookstore is the perfect setting to interview these two big fantasy fans who not only didn’t get to know each other in a Lord of the Rings online game, but who also got married the day A World of Ice and Fire came out. Adria’s News talks with Elio & Linda to get to know how they achieved building up the big community behind Westeros.org, to discuss how much Martin is a descendant of Tolkien and especially, to ask for their thoughts about the future of the books and their legacy.

diumenge, 24 de maig de 2015

Brandon Sanderson: “Nothing awesome has happened without imagination”

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Brandon Sanderson.                                        Photo: Anna Guxens.

Si quereis leer la entrevista traducida en castellano lo podéis hacer aquí.
If we had to describe Brandon Sanderson (Nebraska, 1975) with a word, this would be prolific. He isn’t forty years old yet but he has already written several sagas, namely Mistborn, Reckoners, Alcatraz and Stormlight Archive, although most of them remain still unfinished. “I started writing standalones, but they were secretly a big long epic”, confesses Sanderson. Moreover, it is very easy to see he takes his work very seriously since he uses every instant to write something, either if it is in a plane or between interviews. In fact, we find him with a little notebook in his hand, lest he can progress in his work before we get to the appointment.

Despite knowing Sanderson for his big Mistborn epic, he tells us he started working on The Stormlight Archive back when he was a teenager and he actually doesn’t know yet for which saga he will be remembered by. However, Sanderson hasn’t only delighted us with his genuine work, since he had the immense privilege to conclude Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time when he passed away in 2007. “When they offered me the assignment I was stunned, amazed and horrified, all at the same time”, says Sanderson, although he quickly adds that putting the full stop to the saga was a little bittersweet since he felt he would like to keep writing about Jordan’s world and characters.

Adria’s News interviews Brandon Sanderson, one of the biggest fantasy writers of our time who is also a big superhero fan (preferring DC over Marvel). His wish, seeing his work turned into videogames.

Brandon Sanderson: “Nada extraordinario ha podido ocurrir sin imaginación”

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Brandon Sanderson.                                                    Foto: Anna Guxens.

Traducción de Nua Watford. Podéis leer la entrevista en V.O. en inglés aquí.
Si tuviéramos que describir a Brandon Sanderson (Nebraska, 1975) con una palabra, ésta sería prolífico. Sin llegar aún a los cuarenta años, Sanderson cuenta, ya, con varias sagas, entre las que destacan Nacidos de la Bruma, Alcatraz, la trilogía de los Reckoners y La Guerra de las Tormentas, entre otras, aunque la mayoría de ellas aún siguen abiertas. “Muchos de esos libros los vendí como novelas individuales, aunque yo sabía, secretamente, que se convertirían en sagas épicas”, confiesa Sanderson. Su secreto parece que subyace en el tomarse su trabajo muy en serio y aprovechar cada instante para escribir algo, ya sea durante sus viajes en avión o entre entrevista y entrevista, pues nos lo encontramos con una pequeña libreta en la mano, no sea que tuviera tiempo de avanzar alguna de sus obras antes de que lleguemos a la cita. Además, los proyectos de Sanderson acostumbran a ser a (muy) largo plazo, pues aunque lo conocimos, sobretodo, por la saga de Nacidos de la Bruma, éste empezó a trabajar en La Guerra de las Tormentas cuando era un adolescente, y reconoce que aún no sabe por cuál de las dos acabará siendo recordado.
Pero Brandon Sanderson no sólo nos ha deleitado con su obra original, sino que también ha tenido el privilegio de concluir La Rueda del Tiempo, la famosa saga de Robert Jordan, cuando éste falleció el año 2007. “Cuando me lo pidieron me sentí aturdido, entusiasmado y horrorizado al mismo tiempo”, cuenta Sanderson, aunque añade que poner el punto y final a la saga fue algo un poco agridulce, pues se quedó con ganas de escribir más sobre los personajes y el mundo de Jordan.
Adria’s News entrevista a Brandon Sanderson, este importante escritor de fantasía , confeso fan de los superhéroes (prefiriendo DC por sobre de Marvel), a quién le encantaría    ver su obra adaptada en forma de videojuegos.

diumenge, 17 de maig de 2015

Susana Vallejo: “Si las editoriales no se ponen las pilas con el digital, se las van a comer con patatas”

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Susana Vallejo.                                                               Foto: Adrià Guxens.

“Estudiar está bien, pero hay cosas que se aprenden de otro modo”, comenta la escritora Susana Vallejo. Quizás es por esto, por su anhelo de aprender y de vivir nuevas experiencias, que ha pasado por multitud de trabajos: desde atender en un hipermercado a vestirse de perro, pero también ha sido modelo de peluquería, ha colaborado en una radio pirata y hasta ha descargado camiones. Son partes de su vida que ha sabido reaprovechar para sus novelas en forma de personajes, situaciones o diálogos.
Ávida lectora de Alejandro Dumas, Salgari y de los grandes clásicos de aventuras de pequeña, Susana nos ha regalado una de las mayores joyas juveniles españolas de los últimos años: la tetralogía Porta Coeli, un historia que empieza dentro del género fantástico aunque acaba llegando a la ciencia ficción en su último tomo. De hecho, lo que para Vallejo está aún en el terreno de la ciencia ficción es la normalización entre papel y digital por parte de las editoriales, que “todavía desprecian enormemente este último formato”, comenta la escritora, que lee en ambos soportes y está trabajando para colgar su obra en Lektu, una plataforma online de venta de contenidos digitales.
Adria’s News entrevista a esta autora madrileña afincada en Barcelona que ha centrado varias de sus novelas en la ciudad condal, ya sea en la del presente, como en Berlín, 109, o en la del futuro, como ocurre en Switch in the Red. “¡Sólo me falta escribir algo de la Barcelona del pasado!”, exclama Vallejo.

diumenge, 10 de maig de 2015

Dmitry Glukhovsky: “I want to spread my books like a virus”

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Dmitry Glukhovsky.                                                     Photo: Anna Guxens.


Dmitry Glukhovsky is both a writer and a journalist and we cannot understand one without the other. As for the first one, he has written the popular dystopian Metro series and several other books, such as Dusk and Future. As a journalist, he reported the Chernobyl accident, made the first connection to the North Pole and covered the Russian President trips abroad. Where is the connection between both sides, then? Russa itself. Being known for being very critical to Putin’s government, Dmitry has tackled with the stinky things of Russia in his work in a metaphorical way although, sometimes, he has put his finger directly on the wound, like he did in his satiric compendium of tales Stories About Motherland.

Adria’s News interviews Dmitry Glukhovsky in order to know which have been the most striking experiences he has had to face as a journalist, to ask him if he has planned to turn Metro into a movie, besides the already existing videogame, and to request if he is able to forecast the near future of his natal Russia.

diumenge, 3 de maig de 2015

Adrian Tchaikovsky: “Science fiction and fantasy are colonizing the mainstream”

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Adrian Tchaikovsky.                                                      Photo: Anna Guxens.

Adrian Tchaikovsky thinks he was very lucky when a publishing house became interested in his 10-volume fantasy saga Shadows of the Apt. “They weren’t looking for someone with just one book, and I had four written in the series, so because they knew they could release them as quickly as they wanted to, that was what got me in the print”, confesses the author.
Having studied zoology and psychology and being a lawyer, besides a writer, Tchaikovsky seems to be very far from the Tolkien’s canon. In fact, his novels are much darker than Tolkien’s, and even break the boundaries of the genre, since they have a strong fantasy core at the beginning, that slowly turns into science fiction by the end. What’s more, Shadows of the Apt’s backbone are the insects, a very fresh idea within the fantasy literature that first came into his mind during his school years. “My teachers were very despaired and they told me all this insect nonsense would never get me anywhere, and it has!”
Adria’s News interviews this writer who changed his name from Czajkowski to Tchaikovsky in order to let people remember it easily and discover what are his future plans now that he has published the last volume of the saga.

diumenge, 26 d’abril de 2015

Organizadores Celsius 232: “Mucha gente es friki y no lo sabe”

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Diego García Cruz, Cristina Macía y Jorge Iván Argiz.    Foto: Anna Guxens.

Ni Patrick Rothfuss, ni Tim Powers, ni Brandon Sanderson. Ésta ha sido, sin duda, la entrevista más difícil de conseguir de todo el Festival Celsius 232 de Avilés, pues sus organizadores –Jorge Iván Argiz, Cristina Macía y Diego García Cruz– no paran. Ellos son el dragón de tres cabezas de este evento anual que empezó en 2012, cuando trajeron nada menos que el escritor de Canción de Hielo y Fuego, George R.R. Martin. Desde entonces, el Festival Celsius 232 –un nombre que, al parecer, propuso Cristina a modo de chiste– no ha parado de crecer, convirtiéndose en las mini-vacaciones que todo friki de la fantasía, el terror y la ciencia ficción espera con ansias cuando cae el verano.
Jorge, Cristina y Diego me reciben con ojeras en un bar en el que tomaremos un rápido refrigerio y me confiesan que Adria’s News ha sido el único medio que ha conseguido reunirlos a los tres para hacerles una entrevista este año. Será un encuentro muy intenso, lleno de humor y acelerado; muy acelerado, no sea que llegue la hora de alguno de los muchos actos programados en los que participan. Justo antes de empezar, Diego me pregunta con una sonrisa si necesito que me haga la traducción simultánea de la entrevista, una oferta que ahora parece una broma, aunque dadas las dificultades que he tenido para transcribir nuestra entrecortada charla, pienso que no me habría ido nada mal…

diumenge, 19 d’abril de 2015

Tim Powers: “I’ve always been afraid of meeting myself”

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Tim Powers.                                                                Photo: Anna Guxens.


Si queréis leer la traducción al castellano lo podéis hacer aquí.
  
Meeting Tim Powers is a very big privilege, but to chat with him during more than half an hour, being able to stretch the time I have been assigned for this interview, is even better. Nobody complains, since his Spanish editor, Alejo Cuervo, is also with us, enjoying the interview and chipping in from time to time. Who dares, then, to interrupt Tim Powers, a man with an undeniable talent to develop some of the best conspiratorial plots of modern fiction? What’s more, he definitely has the remarkable gift of oral storytelling so that the topics with him never seem to end. There is always something of his past, present or future waiting to ask about.
On the one hand, Powers is a steampunk pioneer, a style you can already find in The Anubis Gates, one of his first and most acclaimed works; on the other hand, Disney turned his novel On Stranger Tides into the forth installment of the famous Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise, in addition to inspire the videogame Monkey Island. Powers also can boast about being friends with Philip K. Dick (author of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?) and he even managed to create the fictional poet William Ashbless, who has a couple of books published, together with his fellow writer James P. Blaylock.