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Cosmos Latinos
An Anthology of Science Fiction from Latin America and Spain
Andrea L. Bell, ed.; Yolanda Molina-Gavilán, ed.

Early Classics of Science Fiction

2003 • 368 pp. 6 x 9"
Science Fiction / Fiction Anthologies / Literary Criticism - Spanish & Portuguese

$27.95 Paperback, 978-0-8195-6634-8

Helpful explanatory notes, a comprehensive bibliography and a well-organized historical introduction all add value to this intriguing anthology.... (T)he political, social and economic... [continued in Reviews below]”—Publishers Weekly

The first-ever collection of Latin American science fiction in English.

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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Reviews / Endorsements

“Helpful explanatory notes, a comprehensive bibliography and a well-organized historical introduction all add value to this intriguing anthology.... (T)he political, social and economic turmoil that rocked Latin America in the 1970s and ‘80s seems still to pervade its science fiction... Teachers of SF college courses looking for a multicultural angle will make this required reading.”Publishers Weekly

The introduction provides a historical overview of sf development in the Spanish-speaking world, and the notes accompanying the stories build useful contextual frameworks for appreciating the authors and their work... A welcome expansion of the sf terrain for Anglophones, especially since its scholarly trappings highlight how vital sf is in Latin America and Iberia.Booklist

“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


American Library Association “Best of the Best from University Presses: Books You Should Know About” (2004) Commendation

ANDREA L. BELL is Associate Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies at Hamline University in Minnesota. YOLANDA MOLINA-GAVILÀN 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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