Science Fiction

Authored by: Emily A. Maguire

The Routledge Companion to Latino/a Literature

Print publication date:  August  2012
Online publication date:  October  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415666060
eBook ISBN: 9780203097199
Adobe ISBN: 9781136221613


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Is there a Latino/a science fiction? Latino studies scholar Lázaro Lima thinks not. In a 2009 online essay, Lima laments the lack of a tradition of science fiction in Latino/a literature: “There are no Octavia Butlers or Samuel Delanys, as in the African American tradition, no Laurence Yeps or S. P. Somtows, as in the Asian American Tradition, to engage in a sustained critique of the ideology of the genre as it pertains to a future subject position yet to be imagined; an ideation of Latino futurity that has not yet achieved an ideology of form in the present.” For Lima, an absence of both Latino/a authors and characters in the genre is evidence that Latino/a writers have been too focused on the past, specifically on “making their relationship to the state historical.” He asks, “By haunting the cultural sphere of the past, do we depoliticize the possibility for a viable Latino future?” (Lima 2009). For him, an absence of Latino/a science fiction narratives portends negatively for Latino/a futures in a larger (political) sense.

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