Spanish Women of Wonder

I love this new world of publishing. And I do mean “world.” The changes in publishing have enabled a number of new projects to come into existence. One that’s struggling to be born is this one, from Spain. 

It’s a Kickstarter. I know very little about the people who are trying to fund the project, but from a distance, it looks worthwhile. I have backed it. I hope you consider backing it as well.

Here’s what they say about the anthology:

We are seeking your help to bring our anthology to the English-speaking world. Eleven amazing science fiction stories that should be known and read beyond Spanish-speaking borders!

Last December, editors Cristina Jurado and Leticia Lara gathered ten wonderful science fiction stories written in Spanish by very talented women. We got more than 200 stories from female authors from 12 countries, and we selected 10 for this project. Brilliant Argentinian author Angélica Gorodischer very graciously offered one of her own great stories to be part of Spanish Women of Wonder (“Alucinadas”, in Spanish!) and the fantastic Ann VanderMeer wrote the best foreword ever. We already have a professional translator, specialized in science fiction and fantasy, engaged to start the project.

When we achieve our target, we will be able to translate and publish the anthology.

I don’t know about you, but I would love to read the anthology. Here’s an easy link: Go take a peek. 🙂

5 comments for “Spanish Women of Wonder

  1. Ferran
    October 11, 2015 at 10:16 am

    I’m WAY out of date of the Spanish SF scene. That said, if those names are not coincidences, they’re old blood, solid. Cristina Macía has been a translator since at least the 90s, when she managed to properly translate Pratchett’s jokes into Spanish (mostly; had to swap some and all that). I don’t know how good she is at making the reverse trip, but the name’s solid. The editors’ names ring a bell somewhere which, considering I’ve been off-Spanish fandom for almost 15 years says something.

    There’s a name I find sorely lacking, though, that of Elia Barceló, first prize at the UPC novella in ’93 (among others, but you should recognize that one). Used to write great shorts, and she’s published something in the genre these last years, after a hiatus there. Laura Gallego is a name that came after I left the fandom, but should probably be there, too. Unless it’s a “new talent” edition.

    Take care.

    • Cristina Jurado
      October 20, 2015 at 3:19 am

      Thanks for the comment, Ferran. We are doing this kickstarter to allocate funds to pay a translator a fair salary. Because we need to bring the voice of new Spanish female writers to the worlds, so others can be encouraged

  2. lampwick
    October 16, 2015 at 9:50 am

    The “easy link” isn’t working for me.

    • October 16, 2015 at 12:14 pm

      Click on the image below, Lampwick, or cut & paste. I can’t get it to work properly either. 🙂

  3. Cristina Macía
    October 20, 2015 at 4:20 am

    Thank you, Ferran! I feel REALLY OLD now! XD

    Anyway, I am the original publisher of the book in Spanish, through my very modest e-publishing house. We have found a proper Spanish -> English translator, Sue Burke.

    The stories in this anthology are the best ones we got when we call for entries in a 500 euros award contest. We were sick of the lack of women in Spanish science fiction scene… Elia Barceló (dear friend of mine) being about the only one. BTW, she was invited to take part in the contest, but she had nasty deadlines in that moment. Much admired Laura Gallego writes mainly fantasy, and couldn’t do it either.

    But we got more than two hundred entries in the contest, and in this book are the very best ones, including the winner… and also including a bonus story by the incredible Angelica Gorodischer, whose most famous book was translated by Ursula K. Le Guin herself.

    Thanks a million for your interest in our project. And to the nice people behind Women in Science Fiction… we LOVE you 🙂 Thanks for the support!

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