Hugo Correa

Hugo Correa (Curepto May 24, 1926 – Santiago de Chile March 23, 2008) was a Chilean journalist and science fiction writer, and is widely credited with launching modern science fiction in Latin America. A couple of his stories appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. He also was a columnist in Chile at the Chilean journals “El Mercurio” and “La Tercera”, also at the Chilean magazines “Ercilla” and “Revista Paula". Also he was the president of the cultural committee of the Instituto Chileno Norteamericano; co-founder of the Chilean SF Club and president of UFO Chile.

Life and career

Correa was born in the southern Chilean province of Talca in the town of Curepto. His writing career began in journalism, and from there branched out to include criticism, drama, and prose fiction. Although he has written realist works, he primarily works in science fiction, a genre he first became interested in after reading the works of Ray Bradbury, Clifford D. Simak, and Theodore Sturgeon. Correa has the distinction of being one of the first Latin American science fiction writers to be published in the United States. His story “The Last Element” was published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction in 1962 after receiving the support of Ray Bradbury. His story “Alter Ego” was also published in the same magazine in 1967, and it was later picked up by other publications. At that time, being published in the United States was the greatest sign of success for Latin American science fiction writers, and so his publications became very inspiring to his contemporary writers in the region.[1] After the late 1980s he became less productive as writer, but remained active collaborator of the Chilean sf community, participating in round tables, giving interviews, attending book launches and judging at writing competitions[2] until his death in 2008.

Works

His works are mostly about science fiction, finding text about extraterrestrials, flying vehicles, UFOs, unknown worlds, space exploration, authoritarianism and futuristic technology advanced at his times. His most celebrated and prized book is Los Altísimos (The Superior Ones).

In Chile, the general culture never recognized his work despite being the only Latin American writer cited at the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction”.

References

  1. ^ Bell, Andrea L.; Molina-Gavilán, Yolanda (2003). Cosmos Latinos. Middletown: Wesleyan University Press. ISBN 0819566330.
  2. ^ The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (2015), http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/correa_hugo

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Chilean science fiction

Science fiction in Chile began in the late 19th century with the publication of the books El espejo del mundo (Mirror of the World) in 1875 by the Englishman Benjamin Tallman, about the modernization of Valparaíso and Santiago, and in 1877 of Desde Jupiter (From Jupiter) by Francisco Miralles, which recounted a trip to the planet and back.Later, 20th century authors contributing to this literary subgenre included Pedro Sienna, Vicente Huidobro, Juan Emar, o, Enrique Araya, Armando Menedín, and Ariel Dorfman. However, it was in the decade of 1950, with the publication of Los altísimos (The Highest) by Hugo Correa, that Chilean science fiction really emerged; he was translated into more than ten languages and his works were printed in the famous Magazine of Fantasy and Science fiction, being prized by Ray Bradbury.

Today, important authors include

Sergio Meier, author of 2007's La segunda Enciclopedia de Tlön (The Second Encyclopedia of Tlön)

Jorge Baradit, author of Synco, Ygdrasil and Lluscuma)

Alvaro Bisama, author of Caja Negra (Black Box) and Ruido (Noise)

Diego Muñoz Valenzuela (author of Flores para un Cyborg (Flowers for a Cyborg), Los hijos del cyborg (The Sons of the Cyborg)

Sergio Alejandro Amira (author of Identidad Suspendida (Suspended Identity) Kitsune, Co-author of Psique, creator of the La sombra de fuego superheroine, Atómica)

Alberto Rojas Jimenez (author of the short story La sombra de fuego (The Shadow of Fire)

Deaths in March 2008

The following is a list of notable deaths in March 2008.

Elena Aldunate

María Elena Aldunate Bezanilla, who wrote under the name Elena Aldunate, (March 1, 1925 – 2005) was a Chilean journalist and writer.The daughter of Arturo Aldunate Phillips. she was born in Santiago. She contributed to newspapers and magazines and also wrote scripts for radio and television. She published her first novel Candia in 1950 and published her first science fiction story "Juana y la cibernética" (Juana and Cybernetics) in 1963. She helped found the Club Chileno de Ciencia Ficción (Chilean Science Fiction Club) and served as its vice-president.Her writing features female main characters and shows the influence of Latin American feminism. Her science fiction writing was inspired by authors Jules Verne, H G Wells, Ray Bradbury, Arthur C Clarke, Isaac Asimov and Hugo Correa. Her later writing was targeted at younger readers.

Los Altísimos

Los Altísimos is a science fiction book written by Hugo Correa published for the first time in 1951, and then after a process of editing and reviewing was published again in 1959 with a broader success. It's Correa's first book which gave him important recognition from the science fiction opinion leaders, also his work was compared with Ray Bradbury and Isaac Asimov. It's also known as the most important science fiction novel written in Chile.

Ryan Rozicki

Ryan Rozicki (born February 20, 1995, in Sydney, Nova Scotia) is a professional boxer from Canada.

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