As a number of groundbreaking speculative fiction anthologies have shown (Dark Matter, Cosmos Latinos, So Long Been Dreaming, Three Messages and a Warning, Mothership, and Long Hidden), there are rich alternate traditions of speculative fiction both within and outside the United States. Latin@ Rising hopes to join this cadre of anthologies which are expanding our perception of speculative fiction.
Likewise, by showing the actual breadth of genres being used by U.S. Latino/a authors and artists, Latin@ Rising will help expand the notion of what U.S. Latino/a literature and art entails.
Over the past couple of years a number of events and conference panels have been formed to discuss U.S Latino/a speculative fiction.
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A number of different lists of U.S. Latino/a speculative fiction have been compiled. Each have their own take on the genre. Here are a couple:
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Latinos/as have a long history of using speculative fiction to confront issues of social oppression and to express the hope for a better future. We can look back, for example, to the farm worker movement and Luis Valdez’s play “Los Vendidos” where Mexican and Chicano/a figures are represented by robots.
It is in this tradition that this project is being developed through the effort of a large and diverse community. We will rely on grants and donations from Latino/a community organizations, universities, and foundations. Once the book is published we will offer to hold book readings at the various institutions that were involved.
We have received a Diverse Writers Grant from the Speculative Fiction Foundation.
Our Kickstarter Campaign was successful!
Here are some of our beloved supporters:
Maureen Kincaid Speller
Jo L Walton
Mark Helwig Ostler
James P Selig
Patrick Scott Belk
Whit Goodwin and family
Casey and kate maude
Ali La Cara
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An anthology of speculative
fiction and art created
by Latinos/as living in the
Matthew David Goodwin