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Cosmos Latinos: An Anthology of Science Fiction from Latin America and Spain (Early Classics of Science Fiction)

Cosmos Latinos An Anthology of Science Fiction from Latin America and Spain Early Classics of Science Fiction 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 to the pres

  • Title: Cosmos Latinos: An Anthology of Science Fiction from Latin America and Spain (Early Classics of Science Fiction)
  • Author: Andrea L. Bell Yolanda Molina-Gavilan
  • ISBN: 9780819566348
  • Page: 373
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 downplayOpening 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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    1. Sara on said:

      For those interested in exploring science fiction that isn't rooted in American or English culture, try this anthology!The book starts with a very good introduction that outlines some of the differences between English-language science fiction and its Spanish- and Portuguese-language counterpart. It also describes the various obstacles to sci-fi publishing in countries that speak these languages--the size of the local economies, the popularity of American/English books in translation, and politi [...]

    2. Dave on said:

      "Cosmos Latinos" edited by Andrea L. Bell and Yolanda Molina Gavilán is an unusual entry in the Early Classics of Science Fiction series. Instead of focusing on early stories, this anthology looks at science fiction from Latin America and Spain. There are a couple of short stories from the 1800s, and a few from 1952 and earlier, but 22 of the stories are from 1964 and later and 8 are from 1989 and later. While this series might not be the most appropriate place for this collection, it is a very [...]

    3. C.M. Muller on said:

      So much good stuff in here. Pepe Rojo's "Gray Noise" alone is worth the purchase of this book. I do hope the editors seriously consider future volumes.

    4. Rob Charpentier on said:

      If I can read this and love it…then every sci-fi fan out there will adore this collection! Of course, one of the beautiful aspects of sci-fi is the breaking down of boundaries, one that can unite a wide variety of disparate walks of life. However, to a certain degree, one would probably think that a historical anthology of science fiction written by just Latin authors would be limited to a rather select interest group. It’s sort of like using a certain fishing lure that excites the interest [...]

    5. Sue Burke on said:

      Cosmos Latinos, published in July 2003, is the first-ever collection of Spanish-language science fiction in English and has received unanimously rave reviews with a few "buts". I'm on the side of those who say "but". I knew there was trouble when I read the introduction, which explained that stories were selected "to reflect the historical progression of the genre", "geographical and thematic variety", but while "overall quality has also been a consideration", it was not the primary one.The ant [...]

    6. Chris Duval on said:

      This is an anthology of literature translated from Spanish, Portuguese and Catalunyan ranging from the 19th to the 21st centuries. Most of the translations were by one of the editors, Andrea Bell, and all of these, to her credit, were fluid in English. The other editor, Yolanda Molina-Gavilán, and Ted Angell both translated some of the more chaotic texts and I believe they did well. As to the original stories here's comments on some of them:--Jerónimo Monteiro, 'The Glass Goblet,' 1964: a post [...]

    7. Karen Haigh on said:

      One of my favorite short story collections. Ideas you'd never seen in typical USA speculative fiction, and rarely in Canadian or British. A new way of seeing the world.

    8. Steven Yenzer on said:

      It was such a pleasure to read this crash course in Latin American and Spanish sci-fi. I didn't love (or even like) every story, but I really appreciated being exposed to a wider range of sci-fi, and have picked up a few new authors to explore.

    9. Gigi Gilbert-Igelsrud on said:

      I have such an appreciation for non-Western (read: European) science fiction. It's so rarely represented. Finding this volume in the Berkeley Public Library a few years back was wonderful.

    10. Beastnessa on said:

      I happened upon this while browsing at the library and was excited to pick it up as it ranges over a century of SF writing in Latin America, and contains work by many writers who are beloved by Spanish-speaking readers but largely untranslated into English (which is unfortunate for me since my Spanish is so limited). It's divided into four sections by date: 19th century examples from the inception of the genre, stories from 1900-1950, 1960-1980s, and 1980s to the present. I have to say the openi [...]

    11. Steve Joyce on said:

      The Distant Future **On the Planet Mars ***Mechanopolis ****The Death Star *****Baby H.P. ****The Cosmonaut ***The Crystal Goblet ****A Cord Mad of Nylon and Gold ***Acronia **The Last Refuge ***Post-Boomboom *****Gu Ta Gutarrak (We and Our Own) *****Future ****When Pilate Said No ***The Falsifier **The Violet's Embryo **Brain Transplant *****The Annunciation ****A Miscalculation **Stuntmind ***Reaching the Shore *****First Time ***Gray Noise *****Glimmerings on Blue Glass **The Day We Went thr [...]

    12. Morgan Dhu on said:

      A survey anthology of science fiction short stories by Hispanic and Latino authors from Spain, Mexico, Cuba, and South America, from the early days of science fiction writing to modern day. Some very powerful pieces, many of which have a much stronger element of political awareness, analysis and critique than one might expect to find in a representative sampling of North American science fiction writing.

    13. Guillermo Galvan on said:

      What an awesome collection! This one has a permanent place in my library. I throw this book in the face of anyone who says science-fiction exclusively belongs to Western culture. But don't worry, amigos, even the average gringo nerd will thoroughly enjoy the diverse stories collected in Cosmos Latinos. I wish they would follow up with a second volume, great stuff!

    14. Mike on said:

      eh. I'm not sure if I read this carefully enough but the stories were OK. There wasn't anything amazingly thought provoking but I did attempt to add my own spin on each scenario. I guess that is an engaging book.

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