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The legality of the Galaktika magazine was questionable from the first edition, but what may be worse is that its publisher, Metropolis Media also released a book without any sort of permission.

We checked all the editions of the magazine stretching back to ; we contacted multiple authors, agencies, and estates via email and in doing so we determined that the suspicious practices that we wrote about in March is a tendency that can be perceived since the rebirth of Galaktika.

Here is — hopefully — our final article on the Galaktika scandal. After a considerable amount of correspondance with different authors in Marchwe published an article dealing with the illegal practices of the fantasy and science-fiction magazine, Galaktika.

In Galaktika reprinted a lot of stories by foreign authors without permission. You can read more about the authors affected in here. Either Galaktika reprinted short stories that are available online for free; or the magazine reprinted short stories otherwise found in anthologies. An extra-ordinary example of the first practice can be found when the magazine reprinted a number of tiny stories written by popular authors and located on the website of Popular Science.

There were also a number of publications, which did not fit these categories but in which cases these authors were also oblivious to the publications. Galaktika placed emphasis on reprinting stories by the grand masters of sci-fi, fantasy, horror genres dating back to even the 19th century. This can be witnessed from the very beginning when in the first edition in November authors such as Arthur C. The agency representing the Asimov estate has only recently taken control and therefore was unable to give a statement.

When we last contacted the agency representing the Anderson estate and fifteen other affected authorsthey claimed that negotiations were underway with the publisher – more on that at the end of the article. The agency representing the Clarke estate stated that after our first article on this issue all previous debt was settled by the publisher.

We also inquired towards the books of Arthur C. Clarke reprinted by Galaktika. It turned out that besides the reprinted short stories, there was also at least one novel that needed to be discussed between the parties; but we have no further information about this issue. Sources tell us that this novel may be A Space Odyssey reprinted last year.

Coming back to the grand masters: A regularly occurring author was Michael Swanwick, winner of the Nebula Award and nominee for many others; he too was oblivious to his works being reprinted; neither were the successors of Philip K.

Dick or Tanith Lee informed. These authors alone had a work reprinted nearly every year, all of which were illegal. This however is only the tip of the iceberg. Tanith Lee — who passed away last year — actually realized that he had been robbed; however, at this time the publisher applied a tactic often used by them: That is how after two pirated short stories, Ken Liu allowed to reprint a third one. That was also the case with David D.

Galaktika told Tanith Lee that they printed her work without permission in order to test whether her style met the demands of the Hungarian public at all. Such practices do not exist legally, even in such cases the publisher is required to request permission. The magazine in was also dominated by those short stories found on the internet and anthologies.


Other authors were reprinted in the same way: Their short stories later appeared in Galaktika. Other similar cases can also be observed: Martin, Joe Haldeman, and Michael Swanwick all are also part of this group. Furthermore, Kij Johnson who had the same story twice reprinted — once in and once in — as well as other works in, and was completely ignorant of these instances. Johnson became aware of these illegalities after reading our article; his lawyer later contacted the magazine.

You can read about these in the previously provided link. Just as in previous years, the publisher was happy to pick from internet sources such as Strange Horizons L.

Both Smith and Swirsky confirmed that neither were aware of their works being reprinted, in fact the latter was even surprised that her work was viewed as science-fiction. Madeline Robins, the American writer whose short story was reprinted in June without her permission told us that she is pleased that her work has found its way across the ocean, but feels she deserves to know ahead.

Sawyer, Theodore Sturgeon, and Jane Yolen were all reprinted without permission. Mary Robinette Kowal, Greg Bear, and Mike Resnick were all unaware of their presence in the magazine; in fact, Resnick had two more reprinted alone in this year, but also one in, andall without permission. Fadz Johanabas was similarly astonished that his work — originally published in Australia — was translated. All without permission from the author. Although we focused mainly on stolen short stories, there were a number of interviews which we also examined; these were done by a mysterious journalist called Kantum Linda, who conversed with the biggest Hollywood celebrities.

There were interviews with Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, and Ridley Scott in consecutive months, which is especially unusual considering the size of this Hungarian magazine. It soon became obvious that this Kantum Linda is a fictive person possibly an alias for the magazine director Mund Katalin and after some Google searches it we were sure that she held no interviews with these personalities.

Large portions of the Spielberg interview can be found herewhile the responses to other various questions can be found as a direct translation on this video. The interview done with Ridley Scott was pieced together from translation of this and this interview. Our earlier article spoke about Lily Yu, who submitted a story to Galaktika inwhich appeared without her knowing in Out of all those authors we contacted, it was those who appeared in the editions that were first contacted by the publisher.

The widower of Eugene Foster — whose works appeared both in and magazind responded to our letter by stating that in both cases they were informed of the reprint and were even paid the due royalties. However the following authors were not as fortunate as these two: Schoen, Jim Gardner, Daniel H.

We got fewer responses from authors published in Carlson contacted the magazine after our article in March; however he has only since received a promise. Those uninformed were Greg Mellor, the Italian writer Luigi Brasili, and Robert Reed, who had previously become infuriated with the magazine.

In his recent blunt response Reed also stated that the magazine had wisely chosen his best work. We received more uncertain responses prior toall of which could be associated with: Rayner, Ruth Nestvold, the previously mentioned Eugie Foster inand Kelly Link in all received decent treatment. Despite this, there were many cases where no permission was given, and this includes the following authors: Besides these writers, there was galakyika number of talaktika were informed through our article: A nagazine of comments directed our attention to the first phase of the magazine when it was led by chief editor Kuczka Peter between anda time where supposedly similar practices could be found.

We did not follow-up these rumours; however one thing is certain: After sifting through 12 years of Galatika, we can establish a mmagazine of things.

Sci-fi writers blast Hungarian magazine for translating stories without consent

Burger, Galaktika does not make profit for them. Following our first article, they sent out a statement to the affected agencies, which appeared in Hungarian also. There is one paragraph though, which was omitted in the Hungarian version: Unfortunately this mission gets harder and harder because the Hungarian market is small due to the language barriers, and so the magazine cannot really earn a profit, in fact ever more often it is the book publishing that has to help finance that of the magazine.


Burger also stated that concerning galaktia royalties of the novels, everything has been taken care of; this may in fact be true considering that the only known problematic novel was dealt with following the release of our article in March. However, the response given by Mr. Carpenter seems false; the literary editor of Galaktika stated that for personal reasons he handed over the tasks dealing with royalties to others and in doing so, magazinne only informed of the issues after the release our article in March.

Unless this commission was given prior toit seems galaktjka unlikely. Mund Katalin also provided false information when upon answering the question from Cat Rambohead of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, she stated that certain jagazine of the Galaktika can only magazije purchased for two months at the newspaper stands. In reality, every single edition of the magazine can be ordered from the Galaktika websitewhile those released post can also be accessed electronically through Dimag.

Authors Guild and SFWA Reach Agreement with Galaktika Magazine on Infringement Claims – SFWA

The editors of Strange Horizons have already demanded to make those editions inaccessible, which have stolen material from their authors; so far these demands have not been answered. In conclusion, one must reiterate the following: However, as both our previous, and current article has already proven: They informed us that one of the foreign agencies with which they are in contact with are close to an agreement to settle the issue of the illegal reprinting of works from 16 different authors, including Poul Anderson, George R.

We hope that this agreement will be successful and that it will mean a breakthrough and set a precedent for the remaining authors who are yet to be compensated. Both Ray Cluley and Steve Rasnic Tem informed us that since our last email they were paid and got contributor’s copies as well.

Another author was not that fortunate: Galaktika refused to pay him, because his short story was reprinted gaalktika than five years ago. In addition, they offered to reprint another short story, and pay a larger sum for that one.

Let us quote that from the mail the author got from Galaktika: So your claim balaktika time-barred. More over during these years ownership sturctures changed as well. So we can’t pay you for this short story. But if you have another short story that we could publish, we would pay you larger amount than what we usually pay. We usually pay USD for a story.

Now we would pay galakika 30 USD. I know that this is a very small amount but our budget doesn’t allow more. You are absolutely correct that you are entitled to a compensation but please let me remind you these: Additionally, this isn’t a first publication, just a reprint in translation. He is the editor-in-chief of Mandiner. This article is the translated version of the original Hungarian one.

They Are Doing it Since We were unable to reach all those affected, however we did receive enough letters to establish that since the offset of the magazine there have been cases of unpermitted publications every year. In fact, despite the claims of the magazine, even their book publishing had been similarly affected.