The people behind the Anthology
The Elders of Zion's Fiction
Sheldon (Sheli) Teitelbaum
BORN IN MONTREAL IN 1955, Teitelbaum attended Concordia University, where he earned a B.A. in history. Upon graduation in 1977, he came to Israel, where he volunteered for an 18-months stint in the Nahal Infantry Brigade, after which he was sent to Officer Training School and served as a staff officer for the Paratroopers Brigade for and additional 18 months. During this time, he became a member of the editorial board of the Israeli magazine Fantasia 2000, and began writing the nation’s first ever SF/F book review column to appear monthly in a daily newspaper. Upon completing his service, Teitelbaum began a journalism career working for the magazine Newsview as well as the Jerusalem Post, which put him to use as a night desk sub- editor and as a freelance writer on weekends. During the day he worked as a science writer for the Weizmann Institute of Science.
Teitelbaum moved with his family to Los Angeles in 1986, where he became Los Angeles Bureau Chief for Cinefantastique, a founding writer for the Los Angeles Jewish Journal, and a Senior Writer for the Jerusalem Report. Additionally, he held down a day job for three years at the University of Southern California as a science writer and, later, for the U.S. Department of Energy.
Teitelbaum has published on SF/F-related and other themes in the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Jerusalem Report, The Forward, Time-Digital, Wired, The Montreal Gazette, SF Eye, Midnight Grafitti, Foundation: The Review of Science Fiction, the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (2nd Ed. & Online Edition), The Encylopedia Judaica (2nd Ed.) and other publications. He won Canada’s first Northern Lights Award for Excellence in Journalism in 1998, and landed three Brandeis University/Jewish Press Association awards for excellence in news and cultural reportage. He now lives Los Angeles.
BORN IN TEL AVIV IN 1944, Lottem has been a central figure in the Israeli SF/F scene since the mid-1970s: Translator of some of the best SF/F books published in Hebrew and editor of others; advisor to beginning writers; a moving force in the creation of the Israeli Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy and its first Chairman; and the founder of its annual ICon convention and other activities.
After a few career changes, Lottem became a freelance translator and editor. In addition to SF/F, he also specializes in popular science and military history. In 1983, Lottem became chairman of the editorial board of the Israeli SF/F magazine Fantasia 2000. A few years later, in 1996, Lottem presided over the inaugural meeting of the ISSF&F, which he founded with a small group of devoted fans. Visiting author Brian Aldiss officially announced the ISSF&F open for business, and Lottem was unanimously elected its first Chairman.
Lottem’s first SF translation was Frank Herbert’s Dune, which has become a classic. According to Israeli literary historian Eli Eshed, “this translation is considered a masterpiece of SF translations”. More SF/F translations followed, and Lottem’s name became familiar to and respected by Hebrew-reading fans.
To date, Lottem’s SF/F translations include works by Douglas Adams, Poul Anderson, Isaac Asimov, Alfred Bester, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Lois M. Bujold, Jack Chalker, C.J. Cherryh, Arthur C. Clarke, Hal Clement, Michael Crichton, Philip K. Dick, Robert L. Forward, William Gibson, Robert A. Heinlein, Frank Herbert, Ursula Le Guin, Ann Leckie, Anne McCaffrey, Larry Niven, Mervyn Peake, Frederick Pohl, Christopher Priest, Robert Shea and Robert A. Wilson, Robert Silverberg, E.E. “Doc” Smith, James Tiptree, Jr. J.R.R. Tolkien, Jack Vance, and Connie Willis, among many others. In 1994 Lottem won one of Israel’s highest translation awards, the Tchernichovsky Prize, for his translation of Richard Dawkins’s The Selfish Gene. The ISSF&F gave him in 2016 a Life Achievement award on its 20th anniversary.
AVI KATZ IS A VETERAN AMERICAN-BORN Israeli illustrator, cartoonist and painter. His interest in SF/F illustration began early; while still a teenager in Philadelphia he sent a pack of his Lord of the Rings art to J.R.R. Tolkien, and received an enthusiastic response from the author, who told him he was the first illustrator to portray the dwarves as he had intended.
At age 20, while studying art at Berkeley, he was interviewed by John W. Campbell but decided to avoid the draft and Vietnam and complete his studies at the Bezalel Academy of Art in Jerusalem; he has made his home in Israel since then. He has been the staff illustrator of The Jerusalem Report magazine since its first issue in 1990 and is active in the international organization Cartooning for
Peace, as well as the Association of Caricaturists in Israel. He has illustrated some 170 books in Israel and the USA, which have won the National Jewish Book Award, Hans Christian Andersen honors, the Ze’ev Prize and others; he was a nominee for the lifetime achievement Astrid Lindgren Award.
A founding member of the Israel Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy, Katz created many original book covers for SF/F published in Israel; his illustrations graced the covers of Society posters and all the issues of The Tenth Dimension fanzine over the decade of its publication. He has exhibited at various sci-fi conventions including WorldCon 2003, and was Guest of Honor at ICon 2002. He is featured in the book Masters of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art (Rockport Press). In 2000, Katz created for the Israeli Postal Service a three-stamp series on Science Fiction in Israel.