01 Jan Ecuadorian Science Fiction
According to the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, to “describe what is being done in the field of science fiction in Ecuador one must consider the early Fantasy literature, then the Scientific Romances of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, continuing to Science Fiction in the present. The roots of science fiction in Ecuador are in Utopian texts written after the arrival of the Spanish in America. In these works myth is mixed with fantasy. The myths of El Dorado, where there are perfect and idyllic cities with buildings made of gold, and the Garden of Eden, are well described in some of the writings of the colonial chroniclers, such as Antonio de León Pinelo’s book El Paraíso en el Nuevo Mundo [‘Paradise in the New World’].”
Samples of Ecuadorian science fiction (live links):
The first chapter from the novel, Los Improductivos (The Unproductive), by Cristián Londoño Proaño, translated by Lorraine Caputo.
Short film, “Héroe trabajando,” (“Working Hero”), by José Zambrano Brito.
The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction chapter on Ecuadorian science fiction, written by Ivan Rodrigo.
“New Worlds Collide: Science Fiction’s Novela de la Selva in Gioconda Belli and Santiago Páez,” by Vaughn Anderson, PhD, (Rutgers University).
“A Sci-Fi Vision of Ecuador: Carlos Villarreal Kwasek,” from the website, latinorebels.com.
“Lenin Paladines: Science Fiction from Ecuador,” from the website, globalvoices.org,.