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Cosmos Latinos : An Anthology of Science Fiction from Latin America and Spain - Andrea L. Bell

Cosmos Latinos

An Anthology of Science Fiction from Latin America and Spain

By: Andrea L. Bell (Editor, Translator), Yolanda Molina-Gavilan (Editor, Translator)

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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.

"The stories are exceptionally good reading. They are highly original, fast-paced, and keep the reader entranced till the end." - Norma Nelida Dangla, Professor of English, University of Moron, Buenos Aires; "Cosmos Latinos is the first anthology of its kind to offer a critical and scholarly approach to Latin American science fiction to the English-speaking audience. An unusually important book." - Aaron Dziubinskyj, Assistant Professor of Spanish, DePauw University

In the Beginning
"The Distant Future" (Mexico, 1862)
"On the Planet Mars" (Spain, 1890)
Speculating On a New Genre: Sf From 1900 Through The 1950s
"Mechanopolis" (Spain, 1013)
"The Death Star" (Chile, 1929)
"Baby H.P" (Mexico, 1052)
The First Wave: The 1960s to the Mid-1980s
"The Cosmonaut" (Cuba, 1964)
"The Crystal Goblet" (Brazil, 1964)
"A Cord Made of Nylon and Gold" (El Salvador, 1965)
"Scronia" (Argentina, 1967)
"Gu TA Gutarrack (We and Our Own) (Argentina, 1968)
"Future" (Venezuela, 1970)
"When Pilate Said No" (Chile, 1971)
"The Falsifier" (Peru, 1972)
"The Violet's Embryo's" (Argentina, 1973)
"Brain Transplant" (Brazil, 1978)
"The Annunciation" (Cuba, 1983)
"A Miscalculation" (Mexico, 1983)
Riding the Crest: The Late 1980s Into the New Millenium
"Stuntmind" (Brazil 1989)
"Reaching the Shore" (Mexico, 1994)
"First Time" (Spain, 1994)
"Gray Noise" (Mexico, 1996)
"Glimmerings on Blue Glass" (Mexico, 1996)
"The Day We Went through the Transition" (Spain, 1998)
"Exeriom" (Chile, 2000)
"Like the Roses Had to Die" (Cuba, 2001)
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ISBN: 9780819566348
ISBN-10: 0819566349
Series: Early Classics of Science Fiction S.
Audience: General
For Ages: 14+ years old
For Grades: 9+
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 31st July 2003
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.59