In the post yesterday I found my contributors copy of the Russian magazine Esli (If) with the Russian translation of “Watch Bees”!

I’d been keeping an eye on their website, expecting that they’d update it with the new issue before I got my copy by international mail, but the paper copy arrived first.

Very interesting to see my name transliterated into Cyrillic characters.

I happened to know that the character that looks like P is pronounced as R, so I was tentatively able to spot “Brewer” in the table of contents by the placement of the Ps. I still wasn’t sure, of course, but my feeling was somewhat strengthened by the initial character of my first name looking like a Greek Phi.

The table of contents directed me to page 111, and flipping ahead to there I was able to confirm my story by the interior illustration:

What a great picture! It captures a key scene in the story while avoiding any spoilers.

I haven’t very often gotten an illustration for one of my stories, so I’m especially pleased.

I’ll try to figure out the artist’s name and see if he or she has a website I can link to. (The name is there on the picture, but in Cyrillic characters. And it’s a long name. I guess my next step is to spend half an hour hunting for each character on a Unicode character table.)

My mother-in-law, who speaks some Russian, has been asking after this issue. She’ll be very excited to learn that it has arrived.

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2 thoughts on “Contributor’s copy for “Watch Bees” in Russian!

  1. Hey Phil, Just stumbled on your wtebise looking for the current Champaign ordinance on having backyard chickens and goats (yes, goats!). Did you know that you used to be able to keep chickens in Champaign?? I don’t know what the ordinance used to be or when/if it changed, but a former neighbor had chickens in their backyard for several years before we moved in. I’m not sure when that would have been, but I’d guess 10+ years ago. They also had a rooster that crowed. Maybe the rooster ruined it for the clan and Champaign shut them down under the nuisance ordinance. Anyway, I wonder what the status is for the push to allow backyard chickens, as I’m looking to raise them for eggs. If this is still under consideration, please let me know. I may even know a science teacher to try and recruit for the effort. Thanks!

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