Which sci.fi. book do you like

Alephi is going to celebrate the December month as the month of Sci.Fi. writers. We ask one small question to the Sci.Fi. writers worldwide…

 

Cristina Jurado graduated in Advertising and Public Relations from the University of Seville and has a master’s degree in Rhetoric from Northwestern University. She published her first novel, Del naranja al azul, in 2012, and has since published stories in various genre anthologies and fanzines, including Letralia, miNatura and the anthologies Historias del dragón (2012), Retrofuturismos. Antología Steampunk (2014) and Crónica de Tinieblas (2014). She writes the blog Más ficción que ciencia on new genre book and film releases. She is the editor of Alucinadas (2014) -translated into English as Spanish Women of Wonder (2016)- a major anthology of female science fiction writers. She is currently the editor of the quarterly online magazine SuperSonic mag, which is the first to publish fiction and non-fiction in Spanish and English, and which was recently awarded the 2016 ESFS Spirit of dedication as best fanzine. Her article “Antologías de ciencia ficción en España” [Sf anthologies in Spain] won the 2016 Ignotus Award (Spain’s Hugo).

 

Alephi: Which sci.fi. book do you like?

Cristina Jurado : Gateway (Frederik Pohl, 1976) is a marvelous story written around the idea of guilt. The edition I’ve read includes a foreword by Alastair Reynolds, and the main character is Robinette “Rob” Broadhead, a spatial pioneer who becomes a millionaire after coming back as sole survivor from a trip into a black hole. The narration is almost a monologue between Rob and his psychologist, Sigfrid the computer, with numerous flash backs about Rob’s path until he encounters the black hole. The book criticizes the uncontrolled use of technology, as well as humankind unlimited ambition, capable of sacrificing lives in search for advanced equipment as long as it brings economic gain. I always say that a good science fiction story is the one that provides credible characters with solid feelings, stealing the light from “special effects”. This is the case with Gateway.

 

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