"What more sci-fi than the Santo Domingo? What more fantasy than the Antilles?"
From The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
"An ‘alien’ consciousness is presently in the making"
From Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza
An Anthology of
Latin@ Science Fiction and Fantasy
PUBLISHED BY WINGS PRESS
Latin@ Rising: An Anthology of Latin@ Science Fiction and Fantasy is the first anthology
to bring together U.S. Latinos/as who are working in science fiction, fantasy, and other speculative genres.
It is truly an exciting time for Latino/a speculative fiction and there is a large movement of fans and scholars who are recovering its history and promoting the work of contemporary writers and artists.
Although not all of Latino/a speculative fiction deals with migration, much of it does. And if there was ever a time that the nation needed an alternate-world vision of immigration policy, that time is now.
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Speculative fiction is steeped in the history of colonialism. Science fiction in particular has been a way for society to covertly deal with the anxieties it has concerning Latinos/as and recent immigrants. But, Latino/a speculative fiction writers and artists are now telling their own stories from "the wrong side of the strange-looking ship that appears out of nowhere," as Nalo Hopkinson writes.
As Junot Díaz notes in an interview, there are good reasons Latinos/as have been drawn to genre fiction: "Stuff was happening in these science fiction books that I wasn’t seeing anywhere…I didn’t see mainstream, literary, realistic fiction talking about power, talking about dictatorship, talking about the consequences of breeding people, which of course is something that in the Caribbean is never far away."
If you are new to the topic, you can check out these works to get you going. All visually compelling, these works connect science fiction and fantasy to current concerns of Latinos/as.
Latin@ Rising is partially funded by a grant from the Speculative Literature Foundation,
which supports excellence in science fiction and fantasy.
An anthology of speculative
fiction and art created
by Latinos/as living in the
Matthew David Goodwin