Latin American science fiction and fantasy occupy an odd in-between space. The commercial categories we denominate fantasy, science fiction and horror don't traditionally exist in Latin America. Instead, the fantastical is either simply called literature or receives the moniker of magical realism.
This means finding speculative fiction is trickier and more complex in this part of the world. It also means that Latinx authors may derive their SFF canon from a very different well than their Anglo counterparts. While science fiction and fantasy are normally associated with Tolkien or Asimov, a Latinx writer might be more inclined to think of Isabel Allende or Julio Cortázar. At the same time, it is not unusual for Latinx authors to have also been exposed to Anglo pop culture, fantasy and science fiction. Finally, since Latin America is a large region, the history, culture and folklore of Latinx writers may be radically different from one another.
The result is a wild, eclectic field of the fantastic, which is reflected by the selections in this bundle.
- 1: Enchantress From the Stars (Elana, book 1) by Sylvia Engdahl
- 2: Infomocracy (Centenal Cycle, book 1) by Malka Older
- 3: Books Received, February 9 - 15
- 4: What was the title
- 5: Betty Ballantine (1919-2019)
- 6: Travel Light by Naomi Mitchison
- 7: Girls' Last Tour, book 5 by Tsukumizu
- 8: Gutter Prayer (Black Iron Legacy) by Gareth Hanrahan
- 9: What does "all" mean?
- 10: Today's huge surprise
- Style: Neutral Good for Practicality by
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