Chilean science fiction

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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.[1]

Later, 20th century authors contributing to this literary subgenre included Pedro Sienna, Vicente Huidobro, Juan Emar (es), 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 (es), author of 2007's La segunda Enciclopedia de Tlön (The Second Encyclopedia of Tlön)
  • Jorge Baradit (es), 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)

A place of diffusion of the literature of science fiction in Chile is Puerto de Escape, a space created by Marcelo Novoa, editor of the anthology Años Luz ans Mapa Estelar de la Ciencia Ficción en Chile (2006), in this website distinguished specialists collaborate like Sergio Meier, Luis Saavedra[disambiguation needed], Raúl Martínez[disambiguation needed], Marisol Utreras, Alexis Figueroa and Roberto Pliscoff, among others. This last site has a large library of Chilean Science Fiction.


In Chile, the short film Renacimiento by Inti Carrizo, set in the universe of Star Wars, received the Audience Choice Award Lucasfilm SWFMC 2010, awarded by Star Wars Lucasfilm, producer of the saga Star Wars.


  1. ^ Giancarlo Stagnaro (2016). Arqueologías de la ciencia ficción latinoamericana: la ciudad del futuro en Perú, Chile y Colombia (1843-1905) [Archaeology of Latin American Science Fiction: The City of the Future in Peru, Chile and Columbia (1843-1905)] (Ph.D) (in Spanish). Tulanne University.