Latin@ Speculative Literature, Film, and Popular Culture
Edited by Cathryn Josefina Merla-Watson and B. V. Olguín
Aztlán Anthology, Volume 4
April 2017

Speculative fiction—encompassing both science fiction and fantasy—has emerged as a dynamic field within Chicana/o and Latina/o studies, producing new critical vocabularies and approaches to topics that include colonialism and modernity, immigration and globalization, race and gender. The first collection engaging Chicana/o and Latina/o speculative cultural production, Altermundos provides a comprehensive alternative to the view of speculative fiction as a largely white, male, Eurocentric, and heteronormative genre. It features original essays from more than twenty-five scholars as well as interviews, manifestos, short fiction, and new works from Chicana/o and Latina/o artists.
Daoine S. Bachran
Cordelia E. Barrera
Gregg Barrios
William A. Calvo-Quirós
Natalia Deeb-Sossa
José R. Flores
Matthew David Goodwin
Luz María Gordillo
Michelle Habell-Pallán
Linda Heidenreich
Robb Hernández
Ernest Hogan
Joe Jiménez
Cathryn Josefina Merla-Watson
Isabel Millán
Gabriela Nuñez
B. V. Olguín
William Orchard
Amalia Ortiz
Margarita E. Pignataro
Catherine S. Ramírez
Susana Ramírez
Lysa Rivera
Cynthia Saldivar
John Phillip Santos
Shelley Streeby
Andrew Uzendoski
Luis Valderas
Debora Kuetzpal Vasquez
Susy J. Zepeda
ISBN (paper): 
504 pages.
54 black and white illustrations.
6 x 9 in.
Available from the
University of Washington Press
$24.95 paperback
2019 Independent Publisher Book Awards
Bronze Medal, Book Series Non Fiction
2018 American Book Award, Before Columbus Foundation
2017 International Latino Book Awards
First Place, Best Cover Illustration
"This ain't no dull, academic tome. This is what's been going on as Latinoid culture rides the waves of future shock, sending fractures through Latinoid/Chicano art and science/speculative fiction."
— Ernest Hogan, La Bloga
"'Altermundos' offers the exploratory reader a brilliant, bejeweled kaleidoscope of alternative visions of the world, the universe and ourselves."
— Ed Conroy, San Antonio Express-News