The Emergence of Latin American Science Fiction by Rachel Haywood Ferreira

By Rachel Haywood Ferreira

Early technological know-how fiction has usually been linked nearly solely with Northern industrialized countries. during this groundbreaking exploration of the technology fiction written in Latin the United States sooner than 1920, Rachel Haywood Ferreira argues that technology fiction has continually been an international style. She strains how and why the style fast reached Latin the US and analyzes how writers in Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico tailored technological know-how fiction to mirror their very own realities. one of the texts mentioned are one of many first defenses of Darwinism in Latin the USA, a story of a time-traveling historical past publication, and a Latin American Frankenstein. Latin American technology fiction writers have lengthy been lively contributors within the sf literary culture, increasing the bounds of the style and deepening our notion of the function of technological know-how and expertise within the Latin American mind's eye. The ebook encompasses a chronological bibliography of technology fiction released from 1775 to 1920 in all Latin American international locations.

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Os povos são como os indivíduos; suas idéias, seus princípios, seus gostos, seu caráter mudam-se com as épocas. O século xix em que vivemos não é o mesmo que o século xxi. Diremos com Voltaire—que coisas, que maravilhas verão os nossos filhos! No século xxi, a côr, o nascimento, são qualidades puramente acidentais, consideram 32 Felício dos Santos uses his chosen science-fictional narrative technique to particular advantage here: this is not supposition or invention, it is reality; this is not literary imagination (claims the author’s literary invention, the nineteenth-century editor), but historical fact.

An ardent Liberal-cum-Republican, Felício dos Santos wrote Brazil 2000 in direct response to specific political events of the day. It was a biting satire against the Brazilian emperor and his regime, a sort of fictional complement to or “gloss” of the contents of the newspaper’s front and editorial pages (Eulálio, “Páginas” 104). Some historical background is necessary to understand the driving force behind the work of this early writer of Brazilian science fiction. Brazil’s path to independence, and the resulting political situation, are unique among Latin American nations.

On the next page, however, he brings the Martians back to the level of Terrans, saying that Martians have evolved at a slower pace (62). The utopian Mars continues to reappear throughout the narrative. There is no illness on Mars; love on the red planet is “more elevated, more sublime” than on Earth (120); Martians are more generous (126). Indeed, at one point Nic-Nac laments the need ever to return to his inferior home planet: Ah! What a shame! . to arrive at the pedestal of glory and of hopes on the rosiest of the planets, and to return to Earth to contemplate the same storms, the same valleys, the same faces .

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