In 2002 I founded, in collaboration with Ronald M. Hahn and Helmuth W. Mommers, the short story magazine Nova which over the years has grown into a major showcase of contemporary German language science fiction. Since 2012, when I took over from Ronald M. Hahn, I have been Nova’s fiction editor, a rewarding but in the long run also exhausting position. For several years I have been looking for a capable successor and such has finally been found in the experienced and well-liked writer and editor Marianne Labisch. By the end of June I have handed over the last issue that I have compiled as a fiction editor to publisher Michael Haitel. Marianne, who has already been part of the editorial team for two years, will start her work as fiction editor with issue #34.
I will not completely retreat from Nova but further contribute some work with regard to logistics, promotion and the guest story section. I’m confident that Nova under the aegis of Marianne Labisch will have some more good years coming.