Iván Rodrigo Mendizábal

Una novela juvenil por los senderos de la literatura fantástica ecuatoriana

A review of Josette Burgaentzlé M.'s novel The Travelers of Sacred Gems, reminds us that life is learning and learning is life

La ciencia ficción del ecuatoriano Carlos Béjar Portilla

Carlos Béjar Portilla and the development of Ecuadorian Science Fiction

Clones y mundo exterior

A review of City of Virgins (2016)by Ecuadorian author Paulina Soto Aymar

Pensando la ciencia ficción desde Colombia

A two volume anthology of Columbian SF and words about its editor, Rodrigo Bastidas

“Rendición” de Ray Loriga

Ray Loriga's novel Rendicion asks if it is possible to defend freedom by restricting it.

“2001”, una película seminal

A critique of 2001 on its 50th anniversary

Nicolás Kingman: un observador de lo fantástico

On March 19, the writer and journalist Nicolás Kingman Riofrío passed away at 99; he made contributions to Ecuadorian SF and Fantasy literarture.

Hawking y la ciencia ficción

Dr. Stephen Hawking and Science fiction: "I read a lot of science fiction when I was a teenager..."

“Abandonado”: acento de la ciencia ficción en el medioambiente

In this review of Abandoned by Jorge Oswaldo Claudio Toscano, Ivan questions whether it achieves its purpose of raising awareness of environmental deterioration.

“Alas de arcángel”: fantasía juvenil

Wings of the Archangel, a new novel by Ariana D. Aldaz López, explores the mother-daughter relationship

La ciencia ficción ecuatoriana en el 2017

The year in Ecuadoran Science Fiction

Distopías ecuatorianas

On Dystopias, with side trips to Philip K. Dick and Ecuador.

“Mickey Mouse a gogo”: del ser humano trascendental al clonado

Mickey Mouse a gogo is undoubtedly seminal: a work of science fiction theatre that opens up reflections and worries.

Teatro de ciencia ficción en Ecuador

An overview of Spanish language science fiction theatre, starting with a Spanish language adaptation of Orson Well's War of the Worlds.

“El inventor de sueños”: la pregunta por el ethos

Henry Bäx's The Inventor of Dreams is a science fiction book with sobering concerns.

“5079: archivos secretos”: un escape al futuro de la humanidad

Augusto Rodríguez' 5079: Secret Files is a novel told in fragments of documents, both official and secret, that tell the story of a migration from Earth to save humanity.

Distopía edulcorada: “Metrópolis”

On the 90th anniversary of the film's release, Ivan Mendizabal analyzes the history and politics of Fritz Lang's Metropolis.

Ciencia ficción en Ecuador en 2016

Ecuador has a small, but potentially vital, number of science fiction titles.

“La última pared roja”: a la búsqueda de seres mutantes

Pedro Artieda Santacruz' rich The Last Red Wall is a psychological science fiction novel that reads like a thriller.

El “Agente Wrett” o cómo salvar al mundo en pocos pasos

Review of the Spanish Language Young Adult novel Agente Wrett, which mixes spies and science fiction.

200 años de Frankenstein: a propósito de “¡Diodati, idiota” de Salazar...

On the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Rodolfo Salazar Ledesma published a novel that paid tribute to the early science fiction work. But, does it live up to its predecessor?

Imágenes de la interculturalidad en Star Trek

Star Trek was the first science fiction television show to deal seriously with multiculturalism and the "other."

Réquiem para Tahínus: la aventura por un mundo nuevo

Tahínus Requiem is a philosophical science fiction novel that should not be missed.

Una mirada al estilo de Lovecraft

Iván Rodrigo Mendizábal analyzes the concept of "weird fiction" in H. P. Lovecraft using some of the ideas of semiotician Roland Barthes and an essay Lovecraft wrote on his writing method.

“Las dos caras de Ganímedes”: ciencia ficción didactista

A review of The Two Faces of Ganymede by Ecuadorian author Alicia Margoth Proaño Miranda

Borges, lector de Wells

Jorge Luis Borges and the definition of science fiction.

“Sancho Panza en América” de Alfonso Barrera Valverde: un viaje fantástico

"Don Quixote (is) symbolic, that sublime embodiment of truth and virtue in cartoon form." Alfonso Barrera Valverde's Sancho Panza in America.

Verne y los comienzos del cine

Jules Verne - fascinating in any medium and in any language!

“Ayer será otro día”: ciencia ficción y humor

A review of Jorge Valentin Miño's short story collection Today is Another Day

Una de zombis: “1842, Gye ciudad muerta”

Ecuadorian Zombies! Do they say "Sesos!"?
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