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SST: Spanish Stuff in Translation

 

What... you don`t know anything about Spanish science fiction, fantasy and horror? Oh, My God! :-)

 

Well, Spanish works are published in Latin American countries (and vice versa) since we speak the same language and share cultural references, and books get translated in continental Europe. However, in the global market—in English—we scarcely come across any genre fiction by Spanish authors. Nevertheless, here's a narrative tradition of great interest for those who don't speak Spanish, counting titles of high literary quality and speculative ingenuity, with authors of international renown and with its own classics. Historically there's been a constant evolution in pursuit of higher standards of excellence and a wider readership.

 

If you want to have a try, here you have some books available on Amazon and other online stores

 

 

ANTHOLOGIES AND COLLECTIONS:

 

  • SuperSonic Magazine
  • Editor: Cristina Jurado
  • Publisher: SuperSonic Magazine
  • Abstract: Special issue for the 2016 EuroCon in Barcelona. Stories by Felix J. Palma, Rodolfo Martínez, Eduardo Vaquerizo, Emilio Bueso and many more. Completely free for attendants!
  • Edition: 4,5 & 6 November 2016
  • Spanish Women of Wonder
  • Editor: Leticia Lara and Cristina Jurado
  • Publisher: Palabaristas
  • Abstract: Begun as a Kickstarter project to fund the translation of Alucinadas, Spanish Women of Wonder will introduce English-language readers to some of the best speculative fiction written by women in contemporary Spain
  • Edition: November 2016 (estimated)
  • Barcelona Tales
  • Editor: Ian Whates
  • Publisher: NewCon Press
  • Abstract: To commemorate the 2016 European Science Fiction Convention being held in this historic city, NewCon Press invited some of Spain's top SF and fantasy authors to write original stories set in or about Barcelona
  • Edition: November 2016
  • Castles in Spain
  • Editor: Mariano Villarreal
  • Publisher: Sportula
  • Abstract: An exceptional chance to get the stories by Spain’s top authors that changed the direction of its speculative fiction. Ten names that were and are the heart and soul of Spanish science fiction and fantasy. Ten short stories and novelettes that will bring you a sample of its crucial styles, strengths, and subjects in Spain's bigger-on-the-inside history of fantastic literature
  • Edition: 2016
  • The Best of Spanish Steampunk
  • Editor: James and Marian Womack
  • Publisher: Nevsky
  • Abstract: Stories from Spain and Latin America that offer alternative retellings of their countries’ histories. They are authors who write from the margins, using Steampunk to investigate themes such as the ethical questions posed by scientific and technical developments in our globalised culture of rapid change, and how that leaves countries not from the dominant culture behind
  • Edition: 2015
  • Terra Nova: An Anthology of Contemporary Spanish Science Fiction
  • Editor: Mariano Villarreal
  • Publisher: Sportula
  • Abstract: Six top Spanish-language authors prove that science fiction remains sharp and visionary, with stories about the deepest anxieties, challenges, and problems of our societies. Their speculations and metaphors analyze and dissect a reality in continuous change
  • Edition: 2013
  • Cosmos Latinos: An Anthology of Science Fiction from Latin America and Spain
  • Editor: Andrea L. Bell & Yolanda Molina-Gavilán
  • Publisher: Wesleyan
  • Abstract: Stories from over ten countries, chronologically ranging from 1862 to the present. The introduction examines the ways the genre has developed in Latin America and Spain since the 1700s and studies science fiction as a means of critiquing regional culture, history and politics—especially in times of censorship and political repression
  • Edition: 2003
  • Darkly Yours
  • Editor: Fermín Moreno
  • Publisher: Tusitala
  • Abstract: Horror anthology that includes several Spanish authors
  • Edition: 2016

 

ELIA BARCELÓ:

 

  • Heart of Tango
  • Author: Elia Barceló
  • Publisher: MacLehose Press
  • Abstract: Natalia is to be married to a German sailor much older than herself, but two days before the wedding she meets Diego, a mysterious young dancer, and they fall immediately in love. When he serenades her on the eve of the ceremony, Natalia's father unwittingly invites him to the festivities. There they dance a tango charged with passion, before Diego vanishes, knowing she is lost to him
  • Edition: 2010
  • The Goldsmith's Secret
  • Author: Elia Barceló
  • Publisher: MacLehose Press
  • Abstract: A lonely goldsmith reflects on his life. He decides to return to his home village in Spain, hoping to see again an older woman with whom he had a passionate affair as a teenager. Instead he meets a young woman who captivates him instantly. Their affair feels so natural it evokes an eerie familiarity, as if he were playing a role already played out. The Goldsmith's Secret is a remarkable story of a love trapped between parallel times
  • Edition: 2011

 

SALVADOR BAYARRI:

 

  • The Owl In Daylight: A screenplay based on the incredible real life of Philip K. Dick
  • Author: Salvador Bayarri
  • Publisher: CreateSpace
  • Abstract: Based on a careful review of biographical materials and his personal acquaintance with some of Dick's closest friends and relatives, Salvador Bayarri has written Dick's life story in a screenplay format, preserving the richness of the writer's character as his charming humor and foretelling genius mixes with a personal struggle to make sense of his own visions, the human nature and the meaning of the universe
  • Edition: 2013

 

MIGUEL GÁMEZ:

 

  • The Iceberg Timefold
  • Author: Miguel Gámez
  • Publisher: Carlinga
  • Abstract: What is hiding inside Lazarus Davids’ brain? Lazarus is the designer of a global circulatory transport system, enabling users to travel beneath the Earth’s surface at a hundred thousand miles an hour. An engineering marvel which allows him to take a desperate journey through time and space, shedding then saving his own skin, becoming invisible, and finally turning Lazarus into a man beyond compromise
  • Edition: 2014

 

RAY LORIGA:

 

  • Tokyo Doesn't Love Us Anymore
  • Author: Ray Loriga
  • Publisher: Grove Press
  • Abstract: This is a disturbing and exhilarating novel in which the anonymous protagonist, a dealer offering a range of the latest chemicals designed to make consumers forget everything, finds his past and present, along with his own identity, disintegrate under the effects of these 'drugs of oblivion'. Set in the very near future, this novel is very much in the style of dystopias like Orwell's 1984, while also evoking the bewildering visual universe of Blade Runner
  • Edition: 2004

 

MANEL LOUREIRO:

 

  • The Beginning of the End (Apocalypse Z)
  • Author: Manel Loureiro
  • Publisher: AmazonCrossing
  • Abstract: The dead rise. Humanity falls. The end of the world has begun. Governments scramble to stop the zombie virus, people panic, so-called “Safe Havens” are established, the world erupts into chaos; soon it’s every man, woman, and child for themselves. Armed only with makeshift weapons and the will to live, a lone survivor will give mankind one last chance
  • Edition: 2012
  • Dark Days (Apocalypse Z Book 2)
  • Author: Manel Loureiro
  • Publisher: AmazonCrossing
  • Abstract: The Russian-spawned virus that kills swiftly then ghoulishly resurrects its victims as ravenous cannibals has breached international borders. Promised safe havens become deathtraps, lawlessness crumbles any remaining symbol of authority, and political violence in Spain threatens to erupt in civil war. The distant isle of Lanzarote is rumored to be the only refuge out of the virus’s reach
  • Edition: 2013
  • The Wrath of the Just (Apocalypse Z Book 3)
  • Author: Manel Loureiro
  • Publisher: AmazonCrossing
  • Abstract: Rescued from certain death at sea, a young Spanish lawyer, the beautiful woman he loves, and his brash, battle-hardened best friend—who have weathered the worst of the unnatural disaster—think they’re escaping to freedom but are delivered into a stronghold of hate. In a United States ravaged by a zombie plague and overrun by the undead, only Gulfport, Mississippi, offers sanctuary...for a price: subservience to a fascist dictator and his brutal enforcers
  • Edition: 2014
  • The Last Passenger
  • Author: Manel Loureiro
  • Publisher: AmazonCrossing
  • Abstract: Reporter Kate Kilroy accepts an assignment to travel on the Valkyrie, a German ship veiled in secrecy for decades after it was discovered adrift in 1939 with only one passenger aboard, a baby boy named Isaac Feldman. Obsessed with understanding his origins, Feldman has spent a small fortune restoring the Valkyrie to try to solve the mystery. Assembling a team of experts and sparing no expense, he aims to precisely recreate the circumstances of the Valkyrie’s doomed final voyage
  • Edition: 2015

 

SERGIO LLANES:

 

  • The Twilight of the Normidons
  • Author: Sergio Llanes
  • Publisher: Dokusou
  • Abstract: After three thousand years under the domination of the Sforza dynasty, the foundations of the Aurian Empire seem to be teetering. The rebellion in Auvernia and the disturbing presence of barbarian incursions on the borders feed fears for the worst. General Antonius Sforza, first-born son of Emperor, has been chosen to put an end to the Auvernian resistance, leading the campaign and commanding Auria’s mighty legions
  • Edition: 2016

 

RODOLFO MARTÍNEZ:

 

  • Cat's Whirld
  • Author: Rodolfo Martínez
  • Publisher: Sportula
  • Abstract: The neutral Convergence Space Station No. 1, known as the Whirld, is the unofficial but deadly battleground in which several Galactic powers fight to obtain a certain piece of information that would inevitably determine their whole future. But then an all-powerful malevolent AI, for reasons known only to itself, also enters the game… An original fusion of thriller, cyberpunk, and Space Opera
  • Edition: 2015
  • The Queen's Adept
  • Author: Rodolfo Martínez
  • Publisher: Sportula
  • Abstract: The People's Covenant and God's Hammer have raged a Cold War that has lasted for over twenty years. A war without armies, where battles are fought in the dark and information is the most dangerous weapon. In this world —which sometimes seems the Middle Ages, sometimes the Renaissance and sometimes the Nineteenth Century— lives Yáxtor Brandan, empirical adept at the service of the Queen of Alboné
  • Edition: 2015

 

ROSA MONTERO:

 

  • Tears in Rain
  • Author: Rosa Montero
  • Publisher: AmazonCrossing
  • Abstract: Death is inevitable. Especially when you have an expiration date. As a replicant, or “techno-human,” Detective Bruna Husky knows two things: humans bioengineered her to perform dangerous, undesirable tasks; and she has just ten years on the United States of Earth before her body automatically self-destructs. Investigating the mysterious deaths, Bruna delves into the fractious, violent history shared by humans and replicants
  • Edition: 2012
  • Weight of the Heart
  • Author: Rosa Montero
  • Publisher: AmazonCrossing
  • Abstract: Part human and part robot, private investigator Bruna Husky has been hired to locate a stolen diamond. But as Bruna’s leads start to drop dead, her case becomes about much more than a stolen gem—and much more dangerous. Traversing the galaxy, Bruna races against the clock to uncover a nuclear power conspiracy that threatens all sentient beings
  • Edition: 2016

 

FÉLIX J. PALMA:

 

  • The Map of Time: A Novel
  • Author: Félix J. Palma
  • Publisher: Atria Books
  • Abstract: What happens if we change history? Félix J. Palma explores this provocative question, weaving a historical fantasy as imaginative as it is exciting—a story full of love and adventure that transports readers from a haunting setting in Victorian London to a magical reality where centuries collide and a writer’s mind
  • Edition: 2011
  • The Map of the Sky: A Novel
  • Author: Félix J. Palma
  • Publisher: Atria Books
  • Abstract: 1898. New York socialite Emma Harlow agrees to marry well-to-do Montgomery Gilmore, but only if he first accepts her audacious challenge: to reproduce the Martian invasion featured in H. G. Wells’s popular novel The War of the Worlds. Meanwhile in London, Wells himself is unexpectedly made privy to certain objects, apparently of extraterrestrial origin, that were discovered decades earlier on an ill-fated expedition to the Antarctic
  • Edition: 2013
  • The Map of Chaos: A Novel
  • Author: Félix J. Palma
  • Publisher: Atria Books
  • Abstract: When the person he loves most dies in tragic circumstances, the mysterious protagonist does all he can to speak to her one last time. A session with a renowned medium seems to offer the only solution, but the experience unleashes terrible forces that bring the world to the brink of disaster. Salvation can only be found in The Map of Chaos, an obscure book that he is desperate to uncover
  • Edition: 2015

 

LOLA ROBLES:

 

  • Monteverde: Memoirs of an Interstellar Linguist
  • Author: Lola Robles
  • Publisher: Aqueduct Press
  • Abstract: Novel follows Terran scholar Rachel Monteverde’s journeys on Aanuk, a paradisiacal planet. The Aanukians are not the only people on the planet, however: Rachel is eager to meet the Fidhia, a cave-dwelling people who share a congenital condition that makes them blind
  • Edition: 2016 (estimated)

 

TAMARA ROMERO:

 

  • Her Fingers
  • Author: Tamara Romero
  • Publisher: Eraserhead Press
  • Abstract: A red-haired witch with steel fingers, dragged unconscious from the currents of the Adrenaline River. An isolated researcher suffering from a disease called, the Gag. Covens of stoned witches dancing to techno in the forest. A punk whose specialty is replacing body parts with metal replicas. A lyrical, dark and charming bizarro story of intrigue and discovery from a dimension just beyond ours
  • Edition: 2012

 

ALBERT SÁNCHEZ PIÑOL:

 

  • Cold Skin
  • Author: Albert Sánchez Piñol
  • Publisher: Canongate U.S.
  • Abstract: Shortly after World War I, a troubled man accepts a solitary assignment as a “weather official” on a tiny, remote island on the edges of the Antarctic. When he arrives, the predecessor he is meant to replace is missing and a deeply disturbed stranger is barricaded in a heavily fortified lighthouse. At first adversaries, the two find that their tenuous partnership may be the only way they survive the unspeakably horrific reptilian creatures that ravage the island at night
  • Edition: 2007
  • Pandora in the Congo
  • Author: Albert Sánchez Piñol
  • Publisher: Penguin Canada
  • Abstract: It is 1914 when Marcus Garvey, a bedraggled British manservant, emerges from the depths of the Belgian Congo. He is the sole survivor of an ill-fated mining expedition in which both his masters, William and Richard Craver, died and from which their African porters fled. Garvey returns to London carrying two diamonds of extraordinary size, spinning a story too unspeakably terrifying to be believed.
  • Edition: 2009

 

CARLOS SISÍ:

 

  • The Wanderers
  • Author: Carlos Sisí
  • Publisher: Permuted Press
  • Abstract: The city of Malaga is dead, but the promised eternal rest has yet to come to its inhabitants. In the Carranque camp, thirty survivors have built a shelter to keep out the dangers of the world. They fight not only to recover the city, but also the physical and mental degradation of surviving day to day after the pandemic
  • Edition: 2011

 

JOSÉ CARLOS SOMOZA:

 

  • The Art of Murder
  • Author: Jose Carlos Somoza
  • Publisher: Abacus
  • Abstract: In 2006, the art world has moved far beyond sheep in formaldehyde and the most avant-garde movement is to use living people as artwork. Undergoing weeks of preparation to become 'canvases', the models are required to stay in their pose for ten to twelve hours a day and, as art pieces, they are also for sale. But there is a darker side to this art movement when it is found that the models/works of art are sometimes used in interactive works - snuff movies, where the 'art' is filmed being tortured and killed
  • Edition: 2005
  • Zig Zag: A Novel
  • Author: Jose Carlos Somoza
  • Publisher: Harper
  • Abstract: While studying advanced physics at a prestigious European university, Elisa Robledo was invited to join a select research team on a secret project to manipulate String Theory. But the team's experiments went horribly awry... and something terrible was awakened. Now, years later, Elisa's former colleagues are dying, one by one. The nightmare they created by meddling with Time is taking a shocking and gruesome toll
  • Edition: 2008

 

SOME RECOMMENDATIONS FROM ARGENTINA:

 

  • Ficciones
  • Author: Jorge Luis Borges
  • Publisher: Grove Press
  • Abstract: These seventeen pieces demonstrate the whirlwind of Borges’s genius and mirror the precision and potency of his intellect and inventiveness, his piercing irony, his skepticism, and his obsession with fantasy. Borges sends us on a journey into a compelling, bizarre, and profoundly resonant realm; we enter the fearful sphere of Pascal’s abyss, the surreal and literal labyrinth of books, and the iconography of eternal return
  • Edition: 1994
  • Kalpa imperial
  • Author: Angélica Gorodischer
  • Publisher: Small Beer Press
  • Abstract: In eleven chapters, Kalpa Imperial's multiple storytellers relate the story of a fabled nameless empire which has risen and fallen innumerable times. Fairy tales, oral histories and political commentaries are all woven tapestry-style into Kalpa Imperial: beggars become emperors, democracies become dictatorships, and history becomes legends and stories. Translation by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Edition: 2003
  • Trafalgar
  • Author: Angélica Gorodischer
  • Publisher: Small Beer Press
  • Abstract: Don't rush Trafalgar Medrano when he starts telling you about his latest intergalactic sales trip. He likes to stretch things out over precisely seven coffees. No one knows whether he actually travels to the stars, but he tells the best tall tales in the city, so why doubt him?
  • Edition: 2013
  • Memory
  • Author: Teresa P. Mira de Echeverría
  • Publisher: Upper Rubber Boot Books
  • Abstract: Memory explores the nature of oppression, genetic engineering, non-binary relationships, and—you guessed it—memory, on a colony on a terraformed Mars
  • Edition: 2015
  • Prodigies
  • Author: Angélica Gorodischer
  • Publisher: Small Beer Press
  • Abstract: Prodigies explores the story of the poet Novalis's birthplace in the German town of Weissenfels after it is converted into a boarding house. Moving, subtle, and full of wit, irony, and dreams, this novel fills the house with the women who lived there throughout the nineteenth century, and across the flow of history constructs the secret drama of their destinies
  • Edition: 2015

 

SOME RECOMMENDATIONS FROM BOLIVIA:

 

  • Turing's Delirium
  • Author: Edmundo Paz Soldán
  • Publisher: Mariner Books
  • Abstract: The setting: Bolivia in the near future. Miguel “Turing” Saenz, a veteran cryptanalyst, is the most famous code-breaker in the employment of a secret government organization known as the Black Chamber. He is leading the pursuit of the Chamber’s latest target: Kandinsky, a “cyberhacktivist”. As Turing finds himself drawn into a web of murder, intrigue, and deception, he begins to suspect that his work is not as innocent as he once believed
  • Edition: 2007

 

SOME RECOMMENDATIONS FROM CUBA:

 

  • The Island of Eternal Love
  • Author: Daína Chaviano
  • Publisher: Riverhead Books
  • Abstract: Alone in a city that haunts her, far from her family, her history, and the island she left behind, Cecelia seeks refuge in a bar in Little Havana where a mysterious old woman's fascinating tale keeps Cecelia returning night after night. Her powerful story of long-vanished epochs weaves the saga of three families from far-flung pieces of the world whose connection forms the kind of family that Cecelia has long been missing-one cast from legendary, unbreakable love
  • Edition: 2008
  • A Legend of the Future
  • Author: Agustín de Rojas
  • Publisher: Restless Books
  • Abstract: The father of Cuban Science Fiction takes place inside a spaceship on a mission to Titan, one of Saturn’s moons, while back on Earth, warring super powers threaten the fate of humanity. When the ship malfunctions on the return journey, the crewmembers must face their innermost fears amidst experiments in psychological and emotional conditioning and aliens that may or may not be real
  • Edition: 2015
  • A Planet for Rent
  • Author: Yoss
  • Publisher: Restless Books
  • Abstract: Yoss critiques ‘90s Cuba by drawing parallels with a possible Earth of the not-so-distant future. Wracked by economic and environmental problems, the desperate planet is rescued, for better or worse, by alien colonizers, who remake the planet as a tourist destination. Ruled over by a brutal interstellar bureaucracy, dispossessed humans seek better lives via the few routes available
  • Edition: 2015
  • The Year 200
  • Author: Agustín de Rojas
  • Publisher: Restless Books
  • Abstract: Centuries have passed since the Communist Federation defeated the capitalist Empire, but humanity is still divided. A vast artificial-intelligence network, a psychiatric bureaucracy, and a tiny egalitarian council oversee civil affairs and quash “abnormal” attitudes such as romantic love. When the Empire returns, the world’s fate falls into the hands of two brave women
  • Edition: 2016
  • Super Extra Grande
  • Author: Yoss
  • Publisher: Restless Books
  • Abstract: 2017 Philp K. Dick Award finalist. In a distant future in which Latin Americans have pioneered faster-than-light space travel, Dr. Jan Amos Sangan Dongo has a job with large and unusual responsibilities: he’s a veterinarian who specializes in treating enormous alien animals. When a colonial conflict threatens the fragile peace between the galaxy’s seven intelligent species, he must embark on a daring mission through the insides of a gigantic creature and find two swallowed ambassadors—who also happen to be his competing love interests
  • Edition: 2016

 

SOME RECOMMENDATIONS FROM DOMINICAN REPUBLIC:

 

  • Wicked Weeds: A Zombie Novel
  • Author: Pedro Cabiya
  • Publisher: Mandel Vilar Press
  • Abstract: Set at the contact zones between Haiti and the Dominican Republic, this is a polyphonic novel, an intense and sometimes funny pharmacopeia of love lost and humanity regained; a most original combination of Caribbean noir and science-fiction addressing issues of global relevance including novel takes on ecological/apocalyptical imbalance bound to make an impact
  • Edition: 2016

 

SHORT FICTION AVAILABLE ONLINE:

 

Summer in Amber by Susana Vallejo at Persistent Visions (2016)

Gracia by Susana Vallejo in Strange Horizons (Oct 31, 2016)

Esmeralda by Tamara Romero in Strange Horizons (Oct 31, 2016)

Terpsichore by Teresa P. Mira de Echeverría in Strange Horizons (Oct 14, 2016)

Bluebeard Possibilities by Sofia Rhei in Speculative Fiction in Translation (Sept 5, 2016)

Orange dogs by Marian Womack in Weird Fiction review (Oct 19, 2015). Reprint in Year's Best Weird Fiction vol.3

The Beginning in the End by Sergio Parra in 'Journeys Through Time and Space: A Tomorow Project Anthology' edited by Ed Finn and G. Pascal Zachary (Sep 29, 2015)

Black Isle by Marian Womack in SuperSonic (Jul 31, 2015)

Reversible cities by Sofia Rhei in Talisman (2014)

The Texture of Words by Felicidad Martínez in 'Terra Nova: An Anthology of Contemporary Spanish Science Fiction' (Jun 21, 2013)

Eternal return by Rodolfo Martínez in The World SF Blog (March 5, 2013)

The Golden Line of the Horizon Poetry by Sofia Rhei in Strange Horizons (Aug 6, 2012)

 

RELATED ARTICLES ONLINE:

Spanish Science Fiction by Science Fiction Encyclopedia (July 21, 2016)

Elements of the Fantastic: Elia Barceló & Ricard Ruiz Garzón in Conversation in Strange Horizons (Oct 31, 2016)

Science Fiction in the Spanish University by Sara Martín in Alambique (2016)

Spain's science fiction and its history by Alejandro Mohorte and José Nieto in The Science Fact & Science Fiction Concatenation (Sept 1, 2015)

The Invention of Speculative Fiction in Spain by Cristina Jurado in APEX Magazine (Sept 9, 2015)

Spanish Science Fiction: A Round Table Discussion with Spain's Top Contemporary Voices by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro in Clarkesworld (Apr 3, 2015)

Spain: A New Playground for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror by cristina Jurado in Europa SF (Apr 24, 2014)

Science Fiction from Spain (excerpt) by Mariano Villarreal in Europa SF (Jul 3, 2013)

Spanish science fiction by Enforex (2013)

Pulp Science Fiction in Spain, Before And During Totalitarianism by Jess Nevins in io9 (Jan 1, 2013)

Spanish Science Fiction by Wikipedia (May, 2011)

 



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