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Bernardo Fernandez & Pepe Rojo - Three Messages & A Warning: Contemporary Mexican Short Stories of the Fantastic
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Editors Chris N. Brown and Eduardo Jiménez Mayo, and featured authors Bernardo Fernández and Pepe Rojo will celebrate the publication of Three Messages and a Warning at BookPeople this evening.
This huge anthology of more than thirty all-original Mexican science fiction and fantasy features ghost stories, supernatural folktales, alien incursions, and apocalyptic narratives, as well as science-based chronicles of highly unusual mental states in which the borders of fantasy and reality reach unprecedented levels of ambiguity. Stereotypes of Mexican identity are explored and transcended by the thoroughly cosmopolitan consciousnesses underlying these works. It is a landmark of contemporary North American fiction that deserves a wide readership.
Bernardo Fernández (Mexico City, 1972), aka Bef, is a novelist, comic book artist and graphic designer. He has published many novels, short story collections, short comic book stories, and children's books. Called by some one of the best young Mexican writers of our times, he has won several prizes, including the Mexican national novel prize Otra Vuelta de Tuerca, the Spanish Memorial Silverio Cañada prize for best first crime novel, and the Ignotus prize of the Spanish Association of Fantasy, Science Fiction and horror. His newest novel, Hielo Negro (Black Ice), a thriller about the narco culture, received the 2011 Grijalbo Novel Award.
Pepe Rojo (Chilpancingo, 1968) has published four books and more than 200 short stories, essays, and articles dealing with fiction, media and contemporary culture, including the 2009 collection Interrupciones (Interruptions). He teaches in the Taller (e) Media program at the Autonomous University of Baja California (UABC) in Tijuana. With Deyanira Torres and Bernardo Fernández, he co-founded Pellejo/Molleja, an indie publishing firm, where he edited Sub (sub-genre literature), Número X (media culture) and Pulpo Comics (a Mexican-sf comics anthology). With Torres, he co-produced and co-directed a series of interventions, “You Don’t Exist,” as well as the video installation series “Psicopanoramas”. He produced two interactive stories (Masq and Club Ciel) for Alteraction, and published two collections of Minibúks (Mexican SF and Counter-versions) at UABC, as well as the graphic intervention “Philosophical Dictionary of Tijuana”. In April and May 2011 he produced a series of sf-based interventions and lectures at the Tijuana-San Ysidro border crossing, “You Can See the Future from Here,” with students from UABC, as well as U.S. science fiction writers including Bruce Sterling and Chris N. Brown.
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