First Contact with Latin American Science Fiction and Fantasy
Latin America began its journey into science fiction and fantasy around 1875, but did not become its own genre until the 1960s. Latin American writers use elements of science fiction and fantasy to promote their beliefs, criticize society, and/or educate their public about science and technology. The main science fiction and fantasy traditions in Latin America are in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, and Cuba. This research project focuses on the representation of first contact in Latin American science fiction and fantasy in relation to historical contexts from Columbus to Post-Colonialism.