Cosmos Latinos: An Anthology of Science Fiction from Latin America and Spain

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Andrea L. Bell, Yolanda Molina-Gavilán
Wesleyan University Press, Jul 31, 2003 - Fiction - 352 pages
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Opening a window onto a fascinating new world for English-speaking readers, this anthology offers popular and influential stories from over ten countries, chronologically ranging from 1862 to the present. Latin American and Spanish science fiction shares many thematic and stylistic elements with anglophone science fiction, but there are important differences: many downplay scientific plausibility, and others show the influence of the region’s celebrated literary fantastic. In the 27 stories included in this anthology, a 16th-century conquistador is re-envisioned as a cosmonaut, Mexican factory workers receive pleasure-giving bio-implants, and warring bands of terrorists travel through time attempting to reverse the outcome of historical events.

The introduction examines the ways the genre has developed in Latin America and Spain since the 1700s and studies science fiction as a means of defamiliarizing, and then critiquing, regional culture, history and politics—especially in times of censorship and political repression. The volume also includes a brief introduction to each story and its author, and an extensive bibliography of primary and secondary works. Cosmos Latinos is a critical contribution to Latin American, Spanish, popular culture and science fiction studies and will be stimulating reading for anyone who likes a good story.

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Cosmos Latinos is an sf/f short story collection by Latino writers. It's got essays, and short stories from a few hundred years ago to roughly present day. The works were originally in Spanish and ... Read full review

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Some people see Latin America itself as a kind of dystopian novel, thus making Latino sf unnecessary or superfluous. Editors Bell and Molina-Gavilan, both professors of Spanish and Latin America ... Read full review


Science Fiction in Latin America and Spain i
In the Beginning The Visionaries
Nilo Maria Fabra On the Planet Mars Spain 1890
Speculating on a New Genre SF from 1900 through the 1950s
Ernesto Silva Roman The Death Star Chile 1929
Juan Jose Arreola Baby H P Mexico 1952
Jeronimo Monteiro The Crystal Goblet Brazil 1964
Alvaro Menen Desleal A Cord Made of Nylon and Gold
Luis Britto Garcia Future Venezuela 1970
Jose B Adolph The Falsifier Peru 1972
Angelica Gorodischer The Violets Embryos Argentina 1973
Andre Carneiro Brain Transplant Brazil 1978
Federico Schaffler A Miscalculation Mexico 1983
Guillermo Lavin Reaching the Shore Mexico 1994
Pepe Rojo Gray Noise Mexico 1996
MauricioJose Schwarz Glimmerings on Blue Glass

Pablo Capanna Acronia Argentina 1966
Eduardo Goligorsky The Last Refuge Argentina 1967
Alberto Vanasco PostBoomboom Argentina 1967
Magdalena Moujan Otano Gu Ta Gutarrak We and Our Own
Pablo Castro Exerion Chile 2000
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ANDREA L. BELL is Associate Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies at Hamline University in Minnesota. YOLANDA MOLINA-GAVILAN is Associate Professor of Spanish at Eckerd College in Florida and the translator of Rosa Montero's The Delta Function (1992).

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