Fifty years ago the Latin American “Boom” introduced magical realism to the world and gave us García Márquez, Jorge Amado, Carlos Fuentes, and others. Today speculative and fantasy fiction is on the rise in Latin American and Latino-American literature. A new anthology “Latin@ Rising: An Anthology of Latino Science Fiction and Fantasy” presents 23 artists from around the United States whose stories help us to imagine a Latino/a past, present, and future which have not been whitewashed by mainstream perspectives.
They include well-known creators like Kathleen Alcalá, Ana Castillo, Junot Diaz, and Giannina Braschi and new voices alike Editor Matthew David Goodwin is a scholar of Latina and Latino speculative literature. In Latin@ Rising, he has created an historic collection — the first-ever all-Latino/Latina anthology of science fiction and fantasy.
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 ystem 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.”