Science Fiction in Portugal – 80’s and 90’s

In Article, Portugal on April 30, 2012 at 10:48 am

Science Fiction in Portugal

The Drawing up of a Territory

Teresa Sousa de Almeida

(Translated by David Prescott)

In memory of José Diogo Nazareth Sousa de Almeida, (1924-1997)

(originally published here)

This work intends to present the outlines of science fiction and of a certain fantastic literature related to it, having a reference in the national space in which it has been produced (Portugal). Although it contains a sort of introduction, it is mainly focused upon the production of the eighties and nineties, in which there has been a slight defining of a new paradigm. It does not aim at drawing up a history, but at simply defining some guidelines for reading. This is not a question of going from world SF in order to refer to its reflections; on the contrary, the aim was that of reading the greatest number of texts possible in order to present some questions which seemed essential. It is a carefully studied journey based on the critical reading of dozens of books, on a study of some of their authors, and on the probably subjective choice of some individual cases.

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