Cora Bollert is looking for the Silver Rocket

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Three small rockets for three nominations. © Hapke, Andreas

Seckenhauser Cora Buhlert wants to win the Hugo Prize, the most prestigious science fiction award, this year. It is her third nomination. She qualified for this with her reviews, articles, and essays on science fiction and fantasy.

Seckenhausen – a pandemic, followed by a war on European soil – as if created as themes for a science fiction faction among writers, one would like to think. But that is not the issue. “People don’t want to read that,” says Cora Polert. You should know. The woman is deeply rooted in the San Francisco scene as an author and blogger. She was nominated for a Hugo Award for the third time, and the second ever German. The award is given Annually by the World Society for Science Fiction and considered SF’s most important international award.

Of course, Cora Polert immediately thinks of stories like Naomi Kreitzer’s “Lots of Cooking” from 2015, where a food blogger reported on quarantine cooking. It has to provide a growing group of children with less and less food. Kreitzer’s initial situation was bird flu with a mortality rate of 34 percent. or “Song for a New Day” by Sarah Pinsker, published in 2019. She writes about a time when people only met illegally. Almost all life happens. This was preceded by terrorist attacks and deadly viruses.

These post-apocalyptic stories are not a problem for Cora Bollaert at the moment. “I don’t want to write that. Also, there are so many ways to make the world end. I’ve tried a lot myself. Out of imagination,” she adds and laughs.

The author publishes short stories and novels

Cora Polert studied English at the University of Bremen and works as a freelance translator. For many years she has published short stories and novels, mostly science fiction and fantasy, but has also published detective stories in various magazines and is self-published.

Cora Bollert received a Hugo nomination in the “Best Fan Author” category for reviews, articles and articles on the topic of science fiction and fantasy, which she wrote on her own blog and on the fan site Galactic Journey. According to her own information, she is making a monthly contribution to her “galactic journey”. “Fan Writers Post Things They Don’t Get Paid For”.

The content of their reviews covers a wide range in terms of time. “I review TV shows when they come out, but I also review forgotten books,” she says. For example, she recently criticized Tarnsman of Gor for her “galactic journey.” John Norman’s novel (1966) is about a ruthless world, a counter-earth, where people are ruled by a priest-queen. “He is famous for his sado-masu. But in the sixties, one was still good. Totally boring.”

A separate story every month

Currently on her blog, Cora Bollert targets the latest episodes of “Star Trek Picard”. You find the series “very interesting”. “The actors are having fun, but the plot is not very logical.” Three new Star Trek series launched during the pandemic alone. Films about the Starship Enterprise and/or its cast have already won several Hugo Awards themselves.

On the first Monday of every month, Cora Bullert also posts her own story for free, which she deletes and replaces the following month. The pirate story “Rite of Passage” was not completed until May 2. It is her oldest story written during a boring semester of her final year.

“Writing takes up a huge part of my free time,” says Cora Polert. Most of the articles and stories are written in English because she loves to write in that language and because the potential readers are bigger. “The scene simply speaks English,” notes Cora Polert.

The 49-year-old grew up watching TV series like Starship Enterprise and Mondbasis Alpha 1. The stories are in the attic, but that’s where they should stay. You are bad.”

Frankenstein and Killerpot

At school and university, where I wrote my master’s thesis on science fiction, I met quite a few people with the same interest. I only contacted the scene through the internet. “People know each other, they see each other at conferences,” says Cora Polert. “If you are nominated many times, you will meet again and again.”

She is now hoping to come to Chicago for the third time at the 80th Science Fiction Worldcon Competition for the Fan Author Award at the beginning of September, and after two places, she will take first place. You can win a silver metal rocket. “It will be sent to you later. It is too heavy, and no one wants to take it home.”

Cora Polert says that science fiction has officially been around since 1926. But for her, the literary genre goes back to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein novel, and thus to 1818. “Electricity brings the beast back to life,” she explains. More than 200 years later, Martha Wells won the 2021 Hugo Award for Best Novel with Network Impact. Focus: A man-made combat robot. In fact, not much has changed. Frankenstein, however, didn’t enjoy watching soap operas as much as Killerbot.


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Cora Bollert was invited to the 2021 Hugo Prize, where she came in second place.  This year you want to rise to a higher level.
Cora Bollert was invited to the 2021 Hugo Prize, where she came in second place. This year you want to rise to a higher level. © Andreas Hubke

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