Welcome to the Spanish Women of Wonder Kickstarter!
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, Sue Burke, 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.
The stories and their authors
The anthology opens with “The Terpsichore” by Argentinian Teresa P. Mira de Echeverría. Here is the story of Captain Stephana's voyage in an unusual spacecraft, in which she encounters several versions of herself from different time lines.
Felicidad Martínez offers a militaristic space opera, “The Plague”. Her incisive Lieutenant Rosenbaum tells with honesty and humor the complications of a mission to a distant colony, after a mysterious attack by indigenous insects.
“The Storm” by Argentinian Laura Ponce, set on a distant world, explores with a Stanisław Lem touch the effects of its environment on human destiny through the experiences of two soldiers.
Yolanda Espiñeira has come up with an SF thriller in which the alternation of first and third person allows the reader to be both witness and accomplice.
In “Red Houses” by Nieves Delgado a government commission investigates CorpIA, a powerful company that produces androids for sexual use. Failures in some sexbots, which have started to attack their owners, exposes the impact of artificial intelligence upon society and vice versa.
Lola Robles' “Changing Seas” is a tale of multiple sexual genders. On planet Jalawdri intersexuality is the norm, leading to a highly sophisticated social milieu.
“Techt”, by Sofía Rhei, is a semiotic dystopia with a touch of cyberpunk, recalling novels such as Fahrenheit 451 or 1984. The development of a condensed version of language has important cultural and social consequences.
In “Welcome to Croatoan”, Layla Martínez mixes time travel and horror in an underground city, mirroring Madrid, in a post-apocalyptic future. Horror arrives through inflamed love and guilty feelings, a dangerous cocktail leading to the progressive disintegration of human personality.
“Black Isle” by Marian Womack is a CliFi (Climate Change Fiction) story that analyzes the mutual influence of technology and nature, and its impact on humanity. The account of Dr. Andrew Hay questions our control over the environment and proposes a possible solution.
The final new tale is “Team Memory” by Catalan author Carme Torras, a cyberpunk story in which virtual reality technology is used in legal matters. A crime blamed on the pivot of a University basketball team questions the human capacity to manage memories.
“In the Light of the Chaste Electronic Light” is a gift from Argentinian Angélica Gorodischer to show her support for this anthology. With subtle and intelligent humor gender and social class relations, the role of women in society, and patriarchal traditions are called into question.
The foreword of this book is by the internationally celebrated editor Ann VanderMeer. Busy Ann has not only shared the objectives of this anthology, but also has involved herself in the project, offering much needed advice and answering many questions.
Depending on contribution, our patrons will not only receive the English version of Spanish Women of Wonder, but also the Spanish original, copies of the bilingual pro-zine SuperSonic, The best of Spanish Steampunk from the publishers Nevsky, a (digital) high quality poster of our cover, a membership of BCon2016 –next year’s European SF Convention-, a dinner with one of the guests of honor… and, for the most generous among you, an exclusive guided tour of Dubai, the jewel of the desert, and the closest thing to experiencing, on Earth, life in a luxury colony on an alien planet. Editor Cristina Jurado will personally take you to places only insiders know: you supply the magic carpet and the lamp; she’ll be your genie!
Authors supporting Spanish Women of Wonder
"I wholeheartedly support their efforts... I urge you to check out their Kickstarter page. I'd love to read this anthology myself." — Pamela Sargent (the original"Woman of Wonder")
"Not only a worthy cause but a book I very much want to read -- as my Spanish is not up to the task, I hope enough people will join me in sponsoring an English translation!" — Lisa Tuttle
"... a very interesting project" — Cheryl Morgan
“Spanish-language fantastical fiction and science fiction is AMAZING. And, in English, we're only seeing the tip of the iceberg.” — Jeff VanderMeer
“Support Spanish Women of Wonder, an anthology project seeking to translate Spanish-speaking female SF writers into English.” — Kameron Hurley
“Check out this awesome translation project on Kickstarter: an anthology of SF/F written by Spanish-speaking women!” — Carmen Machado
"Much wonderful fiction is written in languages other than English. All of us in the English-speaking world would be enriched by access to such a treasure trove." — Ken Liu
"This is an invaluable project, the sort of new lifeblood that is crucial to the wider conversation of science fiction and fantasy as a global literature, and I can't wait to read it!" — Lavie Tidhar
“Let's show there really IS a market for work translated into English (...) Put more of the world in your world!” — Pat Cadigan
“A really worthwhile kickstarter!” — Nancy Kress
"...it's difficult to imagine a better cause than this... a heck of a book that deserves a wider audience." — Ian Whates
With your help, we can make the voices of Spanish female authors of Science Fiction finally be heard around the world.
Come and celebrate Spanish female writing!!!
Risks and challenges
We do not foresee any challenges regarding the rewards. Most of them are ready to send (most of the ebooks offered, cover poster). Some others will definitely happen (Eurocon). There's no shipping involved, everything is digital and quickly deliverable by email.
If an unforeseen problem arises, we will try our best to overcome the problem to our backers' satisfaction.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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