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A Fire Alarm: Science Fiction In Puerto Rico By Ángel Rivera
Monday, November 27, 2023, 10:00am

ABSTRACT

Science fiction literature in Puerto Rico has seen a remarkable advancement since 2000, challenging the conventional themes of Puerto Rican literature. While the 1930s literary generation focused on national identity and colonial relations with the United States, a new wave of writers has shifted their focus. They explore gender identity, alternative subjectivities, ecology, climate change, technological impact, and global experiences. For these writers, science fiction serves as an urgent warning about contemporary challenges, marking a departure from traditional literary themes.

BIOGRAPHY

Ángel A. Rivera is a Spanish and Global Studies Professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts. Born in Puerto Rico, his research focuses on Hispanic Caribbean literature, exploring themes like modernization, national identity, and science fiction. He's also a fiction writer and has authored books such as "Eugenio María de Hostos and Alejandro Tapia y Rivera: Avatares de una modernidad caribeña" and sci-fi novels like "La rabia útil de los muertos" and "El veneno de la serpiente." Rivera's academic work includes "Ciencia ficción en Puerto Rico: Heraldos de la catástrofe, el apocalipsis y el cambio." Currently, he's working on a collection of short stories and his third novel, "La voracidad sideral."

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