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2496. The Best of Spanish Steampunk

Edited By Marian and James Womack

Published February 18, 2015 by Cheeky Frawg Ediciones Nevsky


Book cover description:
The Best of Spanish Steampunk features stories from Spain, Mexico, Venezuela and Chile, as well as from writers in Spanish living in Germany, Dubai and the UK. They are authors who write from the margins, using Steampunk to investigate themes such as the ethical questions posed by scientific and technical developments in our globalised culture of rapid change, and how that leaves countries not from the dominant culture behind. Through Steampunk these authors are offering alternative retellings of their countries histories, "critically" reimagining key moments such as the North-American-Spanish Cuban war, the Mexican war, or the Anarchist revolts of the 1930s in Andalusia. They are also attracted to a genre that foreshadows our actual economic problems, high unemployment levels, and frustration with increasing social inequality.

But alternative histories, dystopia and ?punk? are not the only focus. Steampunk in Spanish is overshadowed by the ever-present influence of Victoriana. Issues of identity, both cultural and social are posed by this collection of stories, highlighting the ongoing search for a Steam identity, with classical gaslight romance set in nineteenth-century England, or airship fights directly influenced by Michael Moorcock. Still, stories set in Asturias, Cataluna, Andalusia, or the Imperial reign of Felipe ii are high points in a collection of stories that finds a place for itself in the ever-growing world of multicultural Steampunk, while sharing an engagement with the steampunk canon that, ultimately, moves them beyond their chosen setting.

Steampunk offers an invaluable opportunity to re-evaluate our world, and the choices we have made that have brought us to the positions we are facing today. Steampunk is a canvas on which to re-imagine what could have been, and show us what we could become.

Forward by Diana Pho

Stories by: Alfredo Alamo - Javi Argauz - Javier Calvo - Jesus Canadas - Gloria T. Dauden - Francisco Miguel Espinosa - Santiago Eximeno - Cano Farragute - Laura Fernandez - Rafael Gonzalez - Luis Guallar - Isabel Hierro - Jorge Jaramillo - Cristina Jurado - Sergio Lifante - Ismael Manzanares - Rafael Marin - Oscar Mariscal - Jose Angel Menedez Lucas - Jose Maria Merino - Pedro Moscatel - Oscar Navas - Felix J. Palma - Santi Pages - Francisco J. Perez - Paulo Cesar Ramirez - Josue Ramos - Joseph Remesar - Sofia Rhei - Rocio Rincon - Paula Rivera - Leonardo Ropero - Luis Manuel Ruiz - Noemi Sabugal - Ruben Sanchez Trigos - Angel Luis Sucasas - Rocio Tizon - Eduardo Vaquerizo - Marian Womack - Guillermo Zapata

External Links
Interview - Airship Ambassador
Interview - Beyond Victoriana
Interview - Sci Fi Fantasy Network
Review - Steampunk Magazine
Review - Goodreads

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See Also
2495. Marian Womack
1005. Diana Pho
2030. Paulo Cesar Ramirez
2301. Josue Ramos
2515. Ediciones Nevsky
1847. Felix J. Palma

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