Niels Klim-nominated translations, up close

Here we have some small quotes from this year’s nominated translations.

“The Chronic Argonauts”, H. G. Wells (Niels Dalgaard), Tidsmaskinen (The Time Machine), SFC

The idea of something ultra human was furthermore accentuated by the temporal arteries that pulsated visibly through his transparent yellow skin. No wonder, in view even of these things, that among the highly and over-poetical Cymric of Llyddwdd the sieve theory of arrival found considerable favour. It was his bearing and actions, however, much more than his personality, that won over believers to the warlock notion of matters.

“The Fluted Girl”, Paolo Bacigalupi (Niels Dalgaard), Den store science fiction-bog (The Big Science Fiction Book), SFC

Soon she had to show herself, or Madame Belari would get impatient and send for Burson, her head of security. Then Burson would bring his jackals and they would hunt again, crisscrossing every room, spraying pheromone additives across the floors and following her neon tracks to her hidey-hole.

“Surface Tension”, James Blish (Niels Dalgaard), Den store science fiction-bog (The Big Science Fiction Book), SFC

“Microscopic?” Phil said incredulously. “Certainly,” Chatvieux said, amused. “We can’t very well crowd a six-foot man into a two-foot puddle.”

“Crying in the Rain”, Tanith Lee (Niels Dalgaard), Den store science fiction-bog (The Big Science Fiction Book), SFC

“Greena,” she said. She strode across to the hen-run, glanced at the disappointing hens. There had only been three eggs all week, and one of those had registered too high. But in any case, she wasn’t concerned with her poultry just now. “Greena, this morning we’re going into the Centre.” “What about the Warning, Mum?” “Oh, that. Those idiots, they’re often wrong.”

“Oceanic”, Greg Egan (Niels Dalgaard), Den store science fiction-bog (The Big Science Fiction Book), SFC

Daniel said, “Remember what Beatrice told Her followers, the last time She appeared? ‘Unless you are willing to drown in My blood, you will never look upon the face of My Mother.’ So they bound each other hand and foot, and weighted themselves down with rocks.”

Omnilingual”, H. Beam Piper (Niels Dalgaard), Den store science fiction-bog (The Big Science Fiction Book), SFC

“Look how long it took to read Egyptian hieroglyphics, even after they had the Rosetta Stone.” Sachiko smiled. “Yes. I know. But they did have the Rosetta Stone.”

“A Letter From the Clearys”, Connie Willis (Niels Dalgaard), Den store science fiction-bog (The Big Science Fiction Book), SFC

I don’t see how it’s going to be any different from last summer. The only things that came up at all were the lettuce and the potatoes. The lettuce was about as tall as my broken fingernail and the potatoes were as hard as rocks.

“New Light on the Drake Equation”, Ian R. MacLeod (Niels Dalgaard), Den store science fiction-bog (The Big Science Fiction Book), SFC

“But in clearing out and revising her responsibilities, it’s come to my attention that monies have been allocated to your project which, I regret to say …”

“Altogether Elsewhere, Vast Herds of Reindeer”, Ken Liu (Niels Dalgaard), Den store science fiction-bog (The Big Science Fiction Book), SFC

Mom is an Ancient, from before the Singularity. There are only a few hundred million of them in the whole universe. She lived in the flesh for twenty-six years before uploading. Her parents-she had only two-never uploaded.

“Home Sweet Bi’Ome”, Pat MacEwen (Niels Dalgaard), Den store science fiction-bog (The Big Science Fiction Book), SFC

I looked down. The rash was an odd one, the bumps looking weirdly transparent and delicate rather than small, hard and red. Whatever. It speckled half the cabinets, the walls, the ceiling, and most of the pouches I use for drawers. I spat, “Son of a bug-eater!” It wasn’t me that had the rash. It was my house.

“An Infinite Summer”, Christopher Priest (Niels Dalgaard), Tidsparken (Palely Loitering), SFC

He stood now on the bridge over the Thames at Richmond, resting his hands on the parapet and staring south along the river. The sun reflected up from it, and he took his sunglasses from a metal case in his pocket and put them on. Night was the only relief from the tableaux of frozen time; dark glasses approximated the relief.

“The Art of Space Travel”, Nina Allan (Niels Dalgaard), Sølvvinden (The Silver Wind), SFC

It was all just rumours at first, but last week it became official: Zhanna Sorokina and Vinnie Cameron will be spending a night here at the hotel before flying out to join the rest of the Mars crew in China.

Remade 15: The End of the Beginning, Kiersten White (Martin Reib Petersen), Saga-Egmont

This wasn’t the family Inez would have chosen, if she could. On the other hand, the family she left on the beach that fateful day, she wouldn’t have chosen that one either. (That fucking idiot life saver). At least her real family knew they had to make decisions together, if they wanted to survive. And now she’d unfortunately been caught with a group, that hadn’t learned that yet.

(Translation of Remade by Lise, the rest are the original words.)

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