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Latin@ Rising: An Anthology of Latin@ Science Fiction and Fantasy

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Latin@ Rising is the first anthology of science fiction and fantasy written by Latinos/as living in the United States. The book gives an overview to the field of Latino/a speculative, showing the great variety of stories being told by Latino/a writers. Fifty years ago the Latin American "Boom" introduced magical realism to the world; Latin@ Rising is the literature that ha ...more
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Published January 1st 2017 by Wings Press
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Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Puede que no sea la mejor antología de ciencia ficción / fantasía que he leído en mi vida, pero me introdujo en un mundo fascinante: la visión de futuro de los latin@s que viven en USA, como un medio para plantear sus preocupaciones, su "extranjeridad", esa posición que no son 100% estadounidenses pero tampoco 100% latinos, mantienen algunas tradicionales, un manejo rudimentario del español, pero sienten que están más cómodos en un mundo gringo. Por lo tanto, dibujar un futuro donde prevalecen l ...more
Ernest Hogan
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An important Latinoid anthology. And there's a story by me. ...more
Ben Truong
Latin@ Rising: An Anthology of Latin@ Science Fiction and Fantasy is an anthology of twenty-four short stories which was collected and edited by Matthew David Goodwin with an introduction by Frederick Luis Aldama. This anthology is a compilation of two dozen short stories that is written by Latino and Latina authors based in the United States with a diverse group of voices working in the realm of speculative fiction.

For the most part, I really like most of these contributions. Latin@ Rising: An
Ai Miller
I really really liked this; sometimes I find anthologies hard to follow, or feel jerked around by them, but this was such a smooth read with so many different great stories in it. The introductory texts didn't feel overwhelming or intrusive, but I still definitely felt like I was prepared to read the story. (It helps a lot, I think, that there weren't excerpts of chapters from books, or if there were, they were the first chapter so I didn't feel like I lost anything.) I don't know that any stood ...more
Meagan Cahuasqui
An excellent collection of sff from the Latinx diaspora. So many incredible stories that satisfy the want for world building on the surface but comment on real world issues of racism, xenophobia, colonialism, and gentrification when you take a closer look. Some grossed me out a bit with their body horror do be warned if that's not something you're into. Other than that, highly recommend. ...more
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This anthology definitely made me want to explore the authors' works further. I especially appreciated:
"Caridad" by Alex Hernandez (Way to explore individualistic vs collective-oriented value systems, AND tell a good story!)
"Sin Embargo" by Sabrina Vourvoulias (worked in so many different strands, while not forcing an easy explanation or clear-cut ending)
"Room for Rent" by Richie Narvaez (humans=vermin! so good!)
"Entanglements" by Carlos Hernandez (funny/ not funny... what if you could access al
Jun 27, 2017 rated it liked it
I enjoyed: "Sin Embargo", "Lying Under the Texas Radar with Paco and Los Freetails", "Monstro", "Artificial", and "Caridad". Of these, "Monstro" and "Caridad" were my favorites. ...more
Kris Sellgren
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
There is one or two gems in this collection. But mostly the short stories are not very good.
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this collection, a number of authors new to me and excited to read more of. (Plus so happy to have the Junot Diaz in book form.)
Emily Dorffer
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Real rating: 3.5 stars

This anthology was quite a mixed bag. A lot of the stories had endings that really let me down, although the basic premise of each story was generally pretty solid. The few stories that were good all the way through were excellent though. I especially enjoyed "Room for Rent", "Flying Under the Texas Radar with Paco and Los Freetails", and "Caridad". I would gladly read those stories again. As for the others, probably not. They just didn't grab me well enough, and they often
May 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction, horror, sf
The Latin@ in the title refers to Latin American authors of both genders, some residing in North America. Some of the authors don't normally write SF and others write in a literary fashion, lots of English MFAs and PhDs here. This makes most of them different than run of the mill SF, they are dark and unhappy stories. As with most experimental fiction, some of these I couldn't finish, they were just too bizarre with no apparent story, also I passed on the poetry, others were quite ingenious and ...more
Mary Davidsaver
Feb 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
I wanted to read this book because it contained "Room for Rent" by Richie Narvaez. I heard it read by LaVar Burton for his podcast and wanted to see it in print. I was not disappointed. Of the short stories in this anthology the one that intrigued me the most was "Uninformed" by Pedro Zagitt. It might be the shortest short story I've ever read (might therefore be flash fiction?), and introduces a memorable grandmotherly figure with some miraculous home remedies. Loved it. ...more
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: latinx, sci-fi
I could read a million more volumes of this! This is such a wonderful collection of Latinx writers- my reading list has definitely grown.

Fav selections: "Sin Embargo" by Sabrina Vourvoulias, "Accursed Lineage" by Daína Chaviano, "Cowboy Medium" by Ana Castillo, "Monstro" by Junot Díaz, and "Caridad" by Alex Hernandez
❄Elsa Frost❄
A truly remarkable anthology--one of the best I have ever encountered. It features a wide variety of Latinx writers. I highly recommend this one to everyone. It's good exposure of many different Latinx writers you may have never heard of before, and is definitely helpful to look them up to find more of their works. Highly recommended!

4.5 stars
Tyler Kroon
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
A truly enjoyable collection of Latin@ sci-fi and fantasy, filled with thought-provoking poetry, prose, and images, and providing important commentary on topics such race, migration, and colonization.
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
An interesting collection of stories which all in their own way center around community and connection. I love the opportunity to read Latin@ science fiction and this has inspired me to read other such collections of stories from communities I am not apart of.
Andres Carter
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
enjoying this very much. poetic language, mix of different languages, cultures, and countries
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
latinx speculative fiction.
Abraham Garza
This book has a couple of short stories I'd love to use in my classroom! ...more
Nicky Penttila
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mixed bag, with some gems: Kathleen Alcalá “The Road to Nyer,” Sabina Vourvoulias “Sin Embargo,” Carmen Maria Machado “Difficult at Parties,” Marcos Santiago Gonsalez “Traditions.”
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this! All of the stories spoke so clearly to the Latinx experience but were also great examples of sci fi and mystery.
I was familiar the work of four of the twenty authors in this anthology (Junot Dian, Sabrina Vourvoulias, Daniel Jose Older and Carmen Maria Machado) so I expected to be introduced to a variety of Latin@ voices for the first time, and I was not disappointed in the depth and breadth of storytelling.

My full review, including a few story-specific comments on the four authors I knew and six of the authors I encountered for the first time, can be found at .
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a collection that should be spread all around, to fans of sci-fi, as well as fans of Chicano/Latin American writing. There are some clunkers to be found here, but the majority of the work is very good, and some are downright awesome. The introduction and author blurbs are also very informative and point any inquisitive readers (like me) toward the other work published by these authors.

Some highlights: Sabrina Vourvoulias ("Sin embargo"), Ana Castillo ("Cowboy Medium"), Ernest Hogan ("Fly
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
A solid 3.5 stars. Goodwin has put together more than just a remarkable collection of sci-fi and fantasy stories from Latinx authors. He has added to a movement in literature, music, art, film, etc., featuring futuristic or science fiction themes which incorporate elements of Latinx history and culture. If that definition sounds familiar it is because it is similar to Afrofuturism, the idea of critiquing not only the present-day dilemmas of people of color, but also re-examining the historical e ...more
My favorite from this one was "Sin Embargo" by Sabrina Vourvoulias. ...more
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