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

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  • Copyright: 2003-06-01
  • Publisher: Univ Pr of New England
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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.

Author Biography

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).

Table of Contents

Introduction: Science Fiction in Latin America and Spainp. 1
The Distant Futurep. 23
On the Planet Marsp. 36
Mechanopolisp. 47
The Death Starp. 52
Baby H.P.p. 58
The Cosmonautp. 63
The Crystal Gobletp. 68
A Cord Made of Nylon and Goldp. 86
Acroniap. 92
The Last Refugep. 109
Post-Boomboomp. 116
Gu Ta Gutarrak (We and Our Own)p. 123
Futurep. 136
When Pilate Said Nop. 140
The Falsifierp. 153
The Violet's Embryosp. 158
Brain Transplantp. 194
The Annunciationp. 201
A Miscalculationp. 208
Stuntmindp. 215
Reaching the Shorep. 223
First Timep. 235
Gray Noisep. 243
Glimmerings on Blue Glassp. 265
The Day We Went through the Transitionp. 271
Exerionp. 293
Like the Roses Had to Diep. 305
Notesp. 331
Selected Bibliographyp. 339
About the Contributorsp. 351
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