Latin@ Rising An Anthology of Latin@ Science Fiction and Fantasy

Latin@ Rising An Anthology of Latin@ Science Fiction and Fantasy


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Latin@ Rising An Anthology of Latin@ Science Fiction and Fantasy by Matthew David Goodwin

Latin@ Rising is the first anthology of science fiction and fantasy written by Latinos/as living in the United States. The 22 authors and artists included in this anthology come from all over the U.S. and from eight different national traditions. They include well-known creators like Kathleen Alcalá, Pablo Brescia, Sabrina Vourvoulias, Ana Castillo, Junot Díaz, Richie Narvaez, Giannina Braschi, and Daniel José Older; they also include new voices, well worth hearing. The book gives an overview to the field of Latino/a speculative, showing the great variety of stories being told by Latino/a writers. Fifty years ago the Latin American "Boom" introduced magical realism to the world; Latin@ Rising is the literature that has risen from the explosion that gave us García Márquez, Jorge Amado, Carlos Fuentes and others. The 21st century writers and artists of Latin@ Rising help us to imagine a Latino/a past, present, and future which have not been whitewashed by mainstream perspectives. Contrary to the popular perception, Latino/a Literature is not just magical realism and social realist protest literature—it also contains much speculative fiction. By showing the actual breadth of genres being used by Latino/a authors, Latin@ Rising will help extend the boundaries of the Latino/a literature canon. Latin@ Rising demonstrates the value of speculative fiction for the Latino/a community: it gives Latinos/as a vital means for imagining a past and a future in which they play a pivotal role, and it constitutes a narrative of the effects of technology on the Latino/a community. The book shows how the richness of the speculative genres provide U.S. Latinos/as with a unique medium to discuss issues of colonialism, migration, and the experience of being bicultural.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609405243
Publisher: Wings Press
Publication date: 01/01/2017
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,225,933
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Matthew David Goodwin is an Assistant Professor in English at the University of Puerto Rico in Cayey. His work is centered on the topic of migration in Latino/a literature. In particular, he looks at the ways that science fiction, fantasy, and digital culture have been used to express the experience of migration. He completed his PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst in 2013. He has published a number of essays on Latino/a speculative fiction for journals. Frederick Luis Aldama is University Distinguished Scholar as well as Arts & Humanities Distinguished Professor of English, Spanish and Portuguese, at Ohio State University where he is also founder and director of the White House Bright Spot Awarded LASER (Latino & Latin American Space for Enrichment & Research) that creates a pipeline for Latinos from 9th grade through graduate and professional school education. He specializes in Latino and Latin American literature, comic books, and film—and pop culture generally.

Table of Contents

Javier Hernandez: "El Muerto: Los Cosmos Azteca" Frontis

Foreword Matthew David Goodwin ix

Introduction Frederick Luis Aldama xv

"The Road to Nyer" Kathleen Alcaiá 3

"Code 51" Pablo Brescia 11

"Uninformed" Pedro Zagitt 16

"Circular Photography" Pedro Zagitt 18

"Sin Embargo" Sabrina Vourvoulias 19

"Accursed Lineage" Daína Chaviano 43

ADÁL: "Coconauts in Space" 49

"Cowboy Medium" Ana Castillo 60

"Flying under the Texas Radar with Paco and Los Freetails" Ernest Hogan 65

"Monstro" Junot Diaz 80

"Room for Rent" Richie Narvaez 103

"Artificial" Edmundo Paz-Soldán 114

"Through the Right Ventricle" Steve Castro 121

"Two Unique Souls" Steve Castro 123

"Caridad" Alex Hernandez 125

"Difficult at Parties" Carmen Maria Machado 143

"Death of a Businessman" Giannina Braschi 164

"Burial of the Sardine" Giannina Braschi 176

"Entanglements" Carlos Hernandez 190

"The Drain" Alejandra Sanchez 203

"Red Feather and Bone" Daniel José Older 217

"A Science Fiction" Carl Marcum 234

"SciFi-ku" Carl Marcum 236

"Traditions" Marcos Santiago Gonsalez 238

Acknowledgments 247

Permissions, Publication Histories and Translation Credits 247

About the Editor 249

About the Author of the Introduction 250

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