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Latin American science fiction writers : an A-to-Z guide
Lockhart, Darrell B.
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Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, [2004]

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xviii, 230 pages ; 25 cm
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Many readers are unaware of the vast universe of Latin American science fiction, which has its roots in the 18th century and has flourished to the present day. Because science fiction is part of Latin American popular culture, it reflects cultural and social concerns and comments on contemporary society. While there is a growing body of criticism on Latin American science fiction, most studies treat only a single author or work. This reference offers a broad overview of Latin American science fiction. Included are alphabetically arranged entries on 70 Latin American science fiction writers.

While some of these are canonical figures, others have been largely neglected. Since much of science fiction has been written by women, many women writers are profiled. Each entry is prepared by an expert contributor and includes a short biography, a discussion of the writer's works, and primary and secondary bibliographies. The volume closes with a general bibliography of anthologies and criticism.

Author Notes

DARRELL B. LOCKHART is an assistant professor of Spanish at the University of Nevada, Reno where he teaches Latin American literature, popular culture, and film. He is the editor of Latin American Jewish Writers: A Dictionary (1997), co-author of Culture and Customs of Argentina (Greenwood, 1998), and editor of Latin American Science Fiction Writers and Latin American Mystery Writers (both Greenwood, 2004).

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Booklist Review

\f1\froman\fcharset0 Times New Roman;\colortbl ;\red0\green0\blue0;Lockhart, an assistant professor of Spanish at the University of Nevada, Reno, has edited this volume on Latin American science fiction writers and a companion volume on mystery writers. Both volumes trace the development of their genres over roughly the past 100 years, with selective biocritical coverage of 70 writers in Science Fiction0 .\b \b0 The scope is broadly defined in both cases: Science Fiction0 includes authors who only incorporate partial elements of the conventional model in their texts. Latin America0 spans countries of the Americas that are Spanish- or Portuguese-speaking but excludes Hispanic, Latino, or Chicano authors from the U.S. The majority of authors are associated with Argentina, Mexico, and Cuba. Alphabetically arranged author entries written by scholars feature the country of association, a narrative with biographical information that summarizes the author's literary contribution and impact on the genre, and a bibliography of primary and critical sources. Length of the narrative varies and can be anywhere from a couple of paragraphs to seven pages. All titles include English translations. Both volumes feature introductory essays on the genre and information on the contributors, many of whom are affiliated with Latin American universities. The volumes conclude with an index (mostly authors and titles) and a bibliography of literary anthologies and criticism by country. Despite the occasional inclusion of well-known names, authors are more often little known in the U.S. and not\cf1\f1 \cf0\f0 found in standard English-language literary sources such as Gale's Literature Resource Center 0 database, nor are they in specialized sources such as Latin American Writers0 (Scribner, 1989). Occasionally, a well-known name associated with the genre is excluded, for example, Macedonio Fernandez, missing from the science fiction volume. Both the science fiction and mystery volumes definitely fill a void. Recommended for libraries serving Latin American studies programs. --Susan Gardner Copyright 2004 Booklist

Choice Review

Even though, as Lockhart observes in his preface, both "science fiction" and "Latin America" are problematic categories, this work provides a useful overview of the genre's history in Latin American countries through profiles of 70 writers. Argentina, Mexico, and Cuba are most heavily represented, while Latino writers from the US are excluded. Lockhart (Univ. of Nevada, Reno) previously edited Jewish Writers of Latin America: A Dictionary (CH, Sep'97). This is a scholar's resource rather than a guide for general readers. The introduction, dense with postmodernist terminology, provides context for SF works and criticism differentiated by country. Entries include the country with which the author is primarily associated, a brief biography, analysis of the author's literary contribution, and a bibliography of primary and secondary sources. All titles and quotations are accompanied by English translations. A bibliography of literary anthologies and criticism supports further study. There is some weakness in organization; entries are inconsistently headed by either pseudonym or proper name, and although names and selected topics have index entries, countries associated with authors do not. Nevertheless, this guide provides a valuable foundation for study of an underexamined body of literature. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Academic collections. W. L. Svitavsky Rollins College

Table of Contents

IntroductionDarrell B. Lockhart
The Sourcebook Latin American Science
Fiction: A Bibliograhy of Literary Anthologies and Criticism
About the Editor and Contributors"