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Sue Burke
Award-eligible work recommendation 
6th-Jan-2014 03:30 pm

I’d like to suggest a few stories for consideration for Hugo, Nebula, or other awards for 2013. These aren’t stories I wrote. Instead they’re stories from an anthology I helped translate from Spanish into English, Terra Nova: An Anthology of Contemporary Spanish Science Fiction. It won Spain’s highest award, the Ignotus, for best anthology this year, and it faced some stiff competition. (Its cover art also won an Ignotus for best illustration.)


“The Texture of Words,” by Felicidad Martínez. Women seek leadership despite being blind and dependent, while men fight constant wars. This story is set in the universe of the Akasa-Puspa saga, a landmark in Spanish science fiction.

“Greetings from a Zombie Nation,” by Eric J. Mota. The stagnant society of Cuba deliberately turns its citizens into the walking dead. Mota lives in Havana. Although all the stories in this anthology are strong, this is my favorite.


“Deirdre,” by Lola Robles. Robotics creates made-to-order lovers, which may be what a shy woman needs.

“Bodies,” by Juanfran Jiménez. In a globalized and pseudo-democratic Europe, the rich practice sex tourism by means of mind exchange. Criminals can also use mind exchange as an escape route.

“Memory,” by Teresa P. Mira de Echeverría. Personal relationships and sex roles evolve in radical ways on Mars, which has been terraformed in spite of the Martians.


“Light a Single Candle,” by Victor Conde. Social networks want too much and never let go, but they can be fought.

You can get Terra Nova here:

Smashwords, in a variety of electronic formats:

Amazon, in Kindle format:

Amazon, in paperback:

Sportula, the Spanish publisher:

— Sue Burke

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