Latino Science Fiction on the Rise

First collection of U.S. Latino/a science fiction, fantasy, and other speculative genres features Junot Diaz, Ana Castillo y más

By LatinoLA Contributor
Published on LatinoLA: January 3, 2017

Latino Science Fiction on the Rise

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 of Latin@ Rising help us to imagine a Latino/a past, present, and future which have not been whitewashed by mainstream perspectives. "Latino Rising: An Anthology of Latino Science Fiction and Fantasy" features 23 artists from all over the U.S. and from eight different national traditions. They include the famous Latino writers Ana Castillo, Junot Diaz, and Giannina Braschi, plus new voices well worth hearing.

Professor Goodwin writes in his introduction: "In his essay 'Racism and Science Fiction,' Samuel R. Delany warns against the use of narrow categories like 'African-American science fiction.' The separateness which such categories enact is congruent with the separateness of racism, as he puts it clearly '... what racism as a system does is isolate and segregate the people of one race, or group, or ethnos from another.' ...

What we hope to do in this anthology is to counter the separateness of Latin@ science fiction and fantasy by presenting a thrilling multiplicity of writers and stories, and by demonstrating that these writers have been part of the genres all along."

Connect with Latin@ Rising at www.latinospeculativefiction.com/

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