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THE LATINX SFF BUNDLE

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The Latinx SFF Bundle - Curated by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Latin American science fiction and fantasy occupy an odd in-between space. The commercial categories we denominate fantasy, science fiction and horror don't traditionally exist in Latin America. Instead, the fantastical is either simply called literature or receives the moniker of magical realism.

This means finding speculative fiction is trickier and more complex in this part of the world. It also means that Latinx authors may derive their SFF canon from a very different well than their Anglo counterparts. While science fiction and fantasy are normally associated with Tolkien or Asimov, a Latinx writer might be more inclined to think of Isabel Allende or Julio Cortázar. At the same time, it is not unusual for Latinx authors to have also been exposed to Anglo pop culture, fantasy and science fiction. Finally, since Latin America is a large region, the history, culture and folklore of Latinx writers may be radically different from one another.

The result is a wild, eclectic field of the fantastic, which is reflected by the selections in this bundle. On the one hand we have collections with one foot firmly rooted in magic realists soils (Virgins and Tricksters, Mrs. Vargas and the Dead Naturalist and The Assimilated Cuban's Guide to Quantum) and on the other we have books that have a pulp edge (Lords of the Earth, High Aztech), novels that are virtually unclassifiable (The Closet of Discarded Dreams and Soulsaver), and works that seem to be more easily identified as urban fantasy (Salsa Nocturna and Signal to Noise).

The presence of Latinx writers is still rather scarce in commercial publishing, hence the vast majority of these books are published by small and independent presses. You may not know many of them. Nevertheless, some Latinx writers have been recently receiving more attention, particularly in the Middle Grade and YA genres. Daniel José Older (Salsa Nocturna) has found much success with his Shadowshaper series and has penned a Star Wars novel, and David Bowles (Lords of the Earth) won a Pura Belpré Honor for his Garza Twins Series. Meanwhile, Carlos Hernandez(The Assimilated Cuban's Guide to Quantum Santeria) will be publishing Sal and Gabi Break the Universe this spring through the imprint Rick Riordan Presents.

The openness of Middle Grade and YA editors to more diverse authors means many up and coming Latinx authors cluster in that arena, but there are some writers who continue to work in adult categories. Thus, Lisa M. Bradley (The Haunted Girl) is making her debut as a novelist this summer with the publication of Exile, which has been dubbed a kind of post-apocalyptic Mad Max adventure with a Latina lead.

There's also Ink by Sabrina Vourvoulias, a timely dystopian novel about immigration and technology, recently re-released with a brand new cover.

For myself, I am a writer of standalone adult novels, with three books under my belt. Signal to Noise, my debut which is included in this bundle, was a finalist for the British Fantasy, Locus, Sunburst and Aurora awards. It won a Copper Cylinder Award in Canada. My writing veers wildly from novel to novel. I've written a Mexican vampire novel, a novel of manners with telekinesis, a near-future sci fi novella, and this year will see the publication of Gods of Jade and Shadow, which combines Mayan mythology with the 1920s Jazz Age.

In the end, the general impression you might get when reading this bundle is that Latinx writers are incredibly different, that they enjoy coloring between the lines, and that you never quite know what you'll get when picking one of their books.

I hope you enjoy all of our stories.

– Silvia Moreno-Garcia

For StoryBundle, you decide what price you want to pay. For $5 (or more, if you're feeling generous), you'll get the basic bundle of four books in any ebook format—WORLDWIDE.

  • Virgins & Tricksters by Rosalie Morales Kearns
  • The Haunted Girl by Lisa M. Bradley
  • Lords of the Earth by David Bowles
  • The Assimilated Cuban's Guide to Quantum Santeria by Carlos Hernandez

If you pay at least the bonus price of just $15, you get all four of the regular books, plus SEVEN more!

  • Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • Ink by Sabrina Vourvoulias
  • The Closet of Discarded Dreams by Rudy Ch. Garcia
  • Mrs. Vargas and the Dead Naturalist by Kathleen Alcalá
  • Soulsaver by James Stevens-Arce
  • High Aztech by Ernest Hogan
  • Salsa Nocturna by Daniel JosĂ© Older

This bundle is available only for a limited time via http://www.storybundle.com. It allows easy reading on computers, smartphones, and tablets as well as Kindle and other ereaders via file transfer, email, and other methods. You get multiple DRM-free formats (.epub and .mobi) for all books!

It's also super easy to give the gift of reading with StoryBundle, thanks to our gift cards – which allow you to send someone a code that they can redeem for any future StoryBundle bundle – and timed delivery, which allows you to control exactly when your recipient will get the gift of StoryBundle.

Why StoryBundle? Here are just a few benefits StoryBundle provides.

  • Get quality reads: We've chosen works from excellent authors to bundle together in one convenient package.
  • Pay what you want (minimum $5): You decide how much these fantastic books are worth. If you can only spare a little, that's fine! You'll still get access to a batch of exceptional titles.
  • Support authors who support DRM-free books: StoryBundle is a platform for authors to get exposure for their works, both for the titles featured in the bundle and for the rest of their catalog. Supporting authors who let you read their books on any device you want—restriction free—will show everyone there's nothing wrong with ditching DRM.
  • Give to worthy causes: Bundle buyers have a chance to donate a portion of their proceeds to Latinx in Publishing!
  • Receive extra books: If you beat the bonus price, you'll get the bonus books!

StoryBundle was created to give a platform for independent authors to showcase their work, and a source of quality titles for thirsty readers. StoryBundle works with authors to create bundles of ebooks that can be purchased by readers at their desired price. Before starting StoryBundle, Founder Jason Chen covered technology and software as an editor for Gizmodo.com and Lifehacker.com.

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