Cristina Jurado

Cristina Jurado is a bilingual author and editor who writes in Spanish and English. She has received the Ignotus Award (Spain’s Hugos) for Best Story and her project SuperSonic was also celebrated as Best Magazine. Cristina was the driving force behind Alucinadas (Palabaristas), the first anthology of female Spanish SF short stories, translated into English as Spanish Women of Wonder, and is now working on Infiltradas, a collective book of feminist articles on genre literature. Her latest collection of stories, Alphaland (Nevsky Books), is available in English. She lives in Dubai and blogs at Más ficción que ciencia.
The Many Languages of Speculative Fiction

The Many Languages of Speculative Fiction

Chasing foreign stories is a thrilling experience. There are no guidebooks that teach you how to do it, no tutorials, no specific courses that can prepare you for the task. It is a mix of detective work, archaeological hunts, literary scouting, and sometimes, translating willpower that forces you to dig in the repositories of magazines, publishing websites, and authors’ pages.

The Invention of Speculative Fiction in Spain

The actual literary landscape in Spain is quite gloomy if compared with equivalent European markets. The situation is a mixture of “highs” and “lows”: high taxes on books, and roaring unemployment rate; low percentage of readers among the general public, minimal credibility of the successive administrations, due to mismanagement and numerous scandals. The general political climate is in turmoil, even though it seems there are timid signs of recuperation in the economic front.