Cuban authors of science fiction
(These are not all of those that exist, nor all who have published SF in Cuba.)
Agustín de Rojas                                Ángel Arango
F. Mond                                Raúl Aguiar
Ileana Vicente Armenteros                                Ariel Cruz Vega
Eduardo del Llano                                Michel Encinosa Fú
Victor Bruno Henríquez                                Roberto Estrada Bourgeois
Juan Pablo Noroña Lamas                                Yoss
Vladimir Hernández Pacín                                Gerardo Chávez Spínola
Juan Alexander Padrón García                                Alejandro Madruga González
Ernesto Padrón Blanco

Translated from the original Spanish, from http://www.cubaliteraria.com/guaican/autores.html by Daniel W. Koon, July 2004 Editorial direction: Gerardo Chávez Spínola
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Agustín de Rojas (Santa Clara 1949)
Professional writer. Professor of the History of Theater at the School of Art Instructors of the city of Villa Clara. Member of UNEAC since 1981.
His work has served as inspiration to many of the present day Cuban writers of the genre, who consider him a living Patron Saint.
Prizes received:
        David Prize in Science Fiction in 1980 with the novel “Espiral” (Spiral).
        Special Prize Dulce María Loynaz for Novel, 1997, with “El publicano” (The publican).
Other publications:
        “Espiral” , SF novel, Editorial Unión, 1982.
        “Una leyenda del futuro” (A legend of the future), SF novel, Letras Cubanas, 1985.
        “El año 200” (The year 200), SF novel, Letras Cubanas, 1990.
        Catarsis y sociedad (Catharsis and society), essay on the social role of art and literature, Editorial Capiro, 1992.
        El publicano (the publican), historical novel, Letras Cubanas, 1997.
        Historia del Teatro: de los orígenes al medioevo (History of the theater: from its origins to The Middle Ages). Textbook. Capiro, 2002.
Links:
       
Interview (Spanish)
        El año 200 (selection) (Spanish)
        Trilogy of anticipation: reflections and afflictions (article, Spanish)

F. Mond (Los Arabos, Matanzas, 1949)
His books are blended from a fine creole humor. He is one of the writers who has continued to be published for the longest time in our country. Notable foreign specialists have chosen his work as a reference point for studies of Cuban writers.
        Honorable Mention in SF literature for the David "David" of 1979.
Stories
        Story "Musiú Larx", in the anthology La Sombra de la Esfigie (Shadwow of the sphyinx), former USSR, and in the anthology Cuban SF Stories (Cuban SF stories), Colección Radar, Letras Cubanas, 1983.
        Story "El primer encuentro" (First encounter), in the anthology Juegos planetarios (planetary games), Gente Nueva, 1998.
Published works:
        Con perdón de los terrícolas (With apologies to the Earthlings), Letras Cubanas, 1983.
        Para verte reír (To see you laugh), Letras Cubanas, 1983.
        ¿Dónde está mi Habana? (Where is my Havana?), Letras Cubanas, 1985.
        Cecilia después o ¿Por qué la Tierra? (Cecilia afterwards, or Why the Earth?), Gente Nueva, 1987.
        Krónicas Koradianas (Korad Chronicles), Letras Cubanas, 1989.
        Vida, pasión y suerte (Life, passion, and luck), Letras Cubanas, 1999.
        Holocausto (2084) (Holocaust 2084), Letras Cubanas, 2000.
Links:
       
Interview on his personal works. (Spanish)
        Interview on the panaorama of Cuban SF. (Spanish)
        Musiú Larx. Story (Spanish)

Michel Encinosa Fú (Havana, 1974)
Is considered one of the principal creators within the genre of epic fantasy today in Cuba. Graduated from the 2nd Course of the Workshop of Literary Creation "Onelio Jorge Cardoso". Belongs to the base of the writers of the Latinamerican Literary Agency. Member of the Association Hermanos Saíz (AHS). Member of the Cuban Union of Writers and Artists (UNEAC). Director and instructor in the Formative Course in Fantastic Narrative Quásar-Dragón.
Prizes:
        Honorable Mention "Fernando González" Internacional Prize for Stories, 1995
        Honorable Mention "R. M. Villena" Prize in Narrative, 1999
        "Waldo Medina" Prize of the UNEAC, 1999
        "Granma" Prize in Narrative, 1999
        "Granma" Prize in Poetry, 1999
        Honorable Mention "C. Galeano" Prize, 2000
        Honorable Mention "Farraluque" Prize in Narrative, 2001, 2003
        "José A. Echeverría" Prize in Narrative, 2001
        "Cauce" Prize in Narrative, 2001
        Honorable Mention "El oficio de librero" Prize in Narrative, 2002
        "Camello Rojo" Prize in Narrative, 2002
        "Hemingway" Prize, 2002
        "Eclipse" Prize, 2002
        First Honorable Mention "Celestino", 2002
        Honorable Mention "La Gaveta", 2002
        First Honorable Mention "Luis Rogelio Nogueras" Prize in Narrative, 2002
        Second Place, "Farraluque" Prize in Narrative, 2004
        Published books:
        Sol Negro (Black Sun), Stories in the genre epic fantasy, Ediciones Extramuros, 2001
        Niños de neón (Neon boys), SF Stories, Letras Cubanas, 2001.
Stories in the anthologies:
        La baia delle gocce notturne, BESA, Italy, 1996.
        Vedi Cuba e poi muori, Feltrinelli, Italy, 1997.
        Polvo en el viento (Dust in the wind), IMFC, Argentina, 1999. (SF)
        Horizontes probables (Probable horizons), Lectorum, México, 1999. (SFF)
        Reino Eterno (Eternal kingdom), Letras Cubanas, Cuba, 1999. (F).
        Escrituras iniciales (Initial writings), Letras Cubanas, Cuba, 2001.
        Quemar las naves (Burn the ships), Catholic University of Pelotas, Brazil, 2002.
        Cosmos Latinos, Wesleyan University Press, USA, 2003.
        Cuentos ruinos (Stories of Ruin), Ediciones Extramuros, Cuba, 2004.
Books under editorial consideration:
        Veredas (paths), SF novela, Ediciones Extramuros.
        Vuelo de gorrión sobre el Arco de Belén (The sparrow’s flight over the ark of Bethlehem), essay, Ediciones Extramuros
        Dioses de neón (Neon gods), SF stories, Letras Cubanas.
Links:
       
Interview on his own works. (Spanish)
        Interview on the panorama of Cuban SF. (Spanish)
        The Universe of Storeun. (Spanish)
        How Sol Negro (Black sun) was written. (Spanish)
        Michel at CubaLiteraria. (Spanish)

Raúl Aguiar (Born, City of Havana, 1962).
Member of the Union of Cuban Writers and Artists. (UNEAC) and of the Association Hermanos Saíz. Has won numerous literary prizes and mentions in Cuba, among them: Honorable Mention in the SF categoryin the "David" competition of 1984; 2nd Prize in the SF contest of the magazine Juventud Técnica (Technical Youth), 1986; "Pinos Nuevos" (New pines) Prize 1994; Prize "Luis Rogelio Nogueras" 1993, Prize "Abril" 1994. Iberoamerican Prize for Story Julio Cortazar 2003, with his work Figuras (Figures). He has been juried in numerous and important Prizes and literary contests in Cuba.

Published works:
He has published stories in numerous anthologies in Cuba and outside like "Los últimos serán los primeros", "Recurso extremo", "Contactos", "Fábula de Ángeles", "El ánfora del diablo", "Anuario de la UNEAC 1994"; "El cuerpo inmortal" (Cuban erotic tales); "Toda esa gente solitaria" (Cuban stories about AIDS); Story "Sustitución" in the anthology "Polvo en el viento" ("Dust in the wind": Argentina); The stories "Num" y "Alicia" in the anthology "Bersi la morte". 10 racconti cubani di fine millennio, por la editorial Baldini & Castoldi, Milano, Italy. Publication of the story "BTH" in the magazine "Casa de las Américas", n. 215, 1999; the story "Hoguera" in the anthology "Aire de Luz. Stories cubanos del siglo XX", Letras Cubanas, 1999, as well as in the magazines Muchacha, La Gaceta de Cuba, Letras Cubanas, Juventud Técnica, Exégesis (Puerto Rico), Camión de ruta (Perú); y otras.
He has published the books:
        "La hora fantasma de cada cual" ("The ghost hour of every one"), Ediciones Unión, 1995;
        Mata, in the collection "Pinos Nuevos" ("New pines"), Letras Cubanas, 1995;
        Realidad Virtual y Cultura Ciberpunk, Editorial Abril, 1995;
        "Daleth", Ediciones Extramuros, 1996
        and the novel "La estrella bocarriba" ("The face-up star"), Letras Cubanas, 1999.
Links:
       
Interview. (Spanish)
        Critique of “La estrella bocarriba” (the face-up star). (Spanish)
        “Helh”. (Spanish)
        Raúl Aguiar at CubaLiteraria. (Spanish)

Vladimir Hernández Pacín (Born, Havana, 1966)
Author of the cyberpunk novel of stories Nova de Cuarzo (Quartz nova).
Living in Spain. Distinguished finalist, with his novela signos de guerra (signs of war) in the International SF Contest of the UPC, which is organized annually by the Polytechnic University of Catalonia for professional writers in English, French, Spanish or Catalan.

Esprial Prize 2002, Havana Cuba.
2nd place in the competition Cuasar-Dragón-2000, in Havana.
1st Prize in SF, in the International Contest Terra Ignota 2001, with the story El correo González. (México)
Nominated for the Ignotus Prize 2002 in the category of novela, for Signos de guerra (Signs of war). (Spain)
1st Prize in the 3rd Competition for Short story Carmelo González Oria, in Huelva (Spain), with the story Némesis, 2002. (España)
Finalist in the International Competition "Terra Ignota" (Terra incognita) 2002 in the SF category with the long story "La mente araña" (The spider mind), and with the story "Ciudad cristal" (Crystal city) (written in collaboration with Ariel Cruz). (Mexico).
4th place in the international competition of SF UPC-2002, with the novela "Hipernova" (Hypernova) (Barcelona, Spain).
Interviewed by Radio Contrabanda of Barcelona, where he participated in the program "Ciencia Infusa", dedicated to the literature of SF.
Invited author to the roundtable "Fantasy and project in SF written in Castillian", in the event Semana Negra (Black Week) of Gijon 2001.
Interviews for different newspapers of Asturias during Semana Negra de Gijón 2001, (Spain) for a documentary of the Canadian Gregory Barker-Greene of Imagekraft, for Toronto television during Semana Negra de Gijón 2001. (Spain) for a documentary about the Semana Negra de Gijón, made by the reporter Gabriela Salmón, and for the Johann Wolfgang von Goethe University of Frankfurt, in 2001. (Spain); f as well as for the magazine "La Voz" (The voice), for having won first prize in the short story Carmelo González Oria 2002. (Spain)
Links
       
Interview on his personal work. (Spanish)
        Interview on Cuban SF. (Spanish)
        On "Nova de Cuarzo". (Spanish)
        Story "Intrusos". (Spanish)
        Story "Fuego Cruzado". (Spanish)

Ileana Vicente Armenteros (Born, City of Havana 1946)
Graduate with a degree in Chemical Sciences, and Doctorate in Food Science and Technology from the Polytechnic University of Valencia. Graduate of the course for radio and TV writers.
Founder of the literary workshop "Oscar Hurtado", obtained narrative prize of the municipal Plaza. Has published stories and poems in the magazines "Unión", "Juventud Técnica" y "Energía y tú", as well as in the books: "Cuentos cubanos de ciencia ficción", "Recurso Extremo" y "Astronomía se escribe con g". Honorable Mention in the humor competition of the DDT and first prize in the competition "Marcos Behmaras" with screenplay for animated cartoon.
Presented the essay "El amor en la CF" in the First Meeting of Fantastic Literature in the House of the Americas.
Is juror in the annual stories competition of the magazine "Juventud técnica".

Publications:
        "Poema sideral" (poema), magazine Unión 3/82
        "Primer Informe" (Story), book Cuban Science Fiction Stories, Gente nueva, Suspense collection.
        "Dos historias" (Story), magazine Juventud Técnica Nº 199 (dic/84)
        "Proyecto de grado" (Story), magazine Juventud Técnica Nº 221 (ab/86)
        "Para un observador" (poema), magazine Energía y tú Nº 8 (oct-dic/99)
        "Ritmo y energía" (ensayo), magazine Energía y tú Nº 8 (oct-dic/99)
        "A primera vista" (ensayo), magazine Energía y tú Nº 12 (oct-dic/00)
        "Proyecto de grado" (Story), book Recurso Extremo, ed. Abril, (1988)
        "Adaptación" (Story), book Astronomía se escribe con G
        "Fuimos visitados" (Story), Juventud Técnica
Links
       
"Adaptación" (Story). (Spanish)
        "¡Llegó visita!" (Story). (Spanish)

Ariel Cruz Vega (Born, Havana, 1969)
Geographer. Began to write SF at the end of the 90s; his stories have appeared in anthologies in Cuba, Argentina, Mexico, Colombia, and Canada. For many years member of the jury of the SF contest of Juventud Técnica. At the same time, he has been collaborating with articles of literary criticism and popular scientific for magazines and fanzines. At the end of 2002 two of his stories were slated to appear in Mexican and Spanish anthologies. Various of his works belong to the fund of authors of the Latinamerican Literary Agency.
Published works:
        "Syseen", published in the anthology Reino Eterno (Eternal Realm): Stories of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Editor: Yoss. Letras Cubanas, Cuba, 1999. ISBN: 959-10-0481-8.
        "Esta Mañana", published in the virtual magazine i+Real, número 13, año 1995.
        "Los Frutos de Deneb" (The fruits of Deneb), published in the anthology "Polvo en el viento” (Dust in the wind). Editor: Bruno Henríquez. Instituto Movilizador De Fondos Cooperativos, Argentina, 1999. ISBN: 950-860-073-X.
        "Respira Con Cuidado", published in the Argentine virtual magazine Axxón, Nr. 102, Sept. 1999.
        "X7", published in the anthology “Horizontes Probables” (Probable Horizons). Editor: Vladimir Hernández. Editorial Lectorum, México, 1999. ISBN: 968-7748-53-2.
        "Millennium", published in Nr. 7 of the Cuban popular science magazine “Energía y Tú”. Editor: Bruno Henríquez, July-Sept. 1999. ISSN: 1028-9925.
        "Nova de cuarzo" (Quartz nova, with Valdimir Hernández). Published in “Nova de cuarzo”, collection of stories by Vladimir Hernández. Editorial Extramuros, Cuba, 2000. ISBN: 959-7020-54-8. Re-published in “Cuasar”, magazine of science fiction and fantasy. Editor Luis Pestarini. Argentina, Enero 2002.
Lectures:
        Interview for the newspaper “El Financiero” (Mexico), published March 29, 2000, under the title "Ciencia Ficción: Visión del género en Cuba" (Science Fiction: view of the genre in Cuba).
        "La Generación Postmoderna", (The postmodern generation)
        Lecture dictated at Cubaficción 2000: La Semana Fantástica (Fantasy Week). Aug. 2000, Rubén Martínez Villena Library, Havana, Cuba)
        "2001: Odisea Del Pasado", (2001: Odyssey of the past) lecture dictated in the workship De Pensamiento Lateral (on lateral thought). Jan. 2002, House of Culture Municipal de Arroyo Naranjo, Havana, Cuba.
Links:
       
Inteview on his own work. (Spanish)
        Interview on Cuban SF. (Spanish)
        Story “X7”. (Spanish)
        Story “Nova de Cuarzo”. (Spanish)

Eduardo del Llano (Born, Moscow, 1962)
Licensed in Art History at the University of Havana, 1985.
Was Professor in Latin American Art History and History of Photography in the Faculty of Arts and Letters of the University of Havana, 1990-5.
Has participated in workshops on screenplay writing with the specialists Jorge Goldenberg (Argentina), Tom Abrams and Walter Bernstein (USA), 1995-96.
Has given courses in screenplay writing in Managua (Nicaragua) in Feb. 2000, and New York in Oct. 2000.
Has obtained, among others, the prizes: Abril (1988, 1992), Italo Calvino
(1996), Calendario de la AHS (1997) and the Prize for Story from Revolución y Cultura (1998).
Was founder and director of the literary and theatrical creation group NOS-Y-OTROS, from 1982 until its end in 1997. As part of this, he acted in numerous theaters along the length and width of the country.

Has participated in film festivals in Innsbruck (Austria), Locarno and Fribourg (Switzerland), Munich (Germany), Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic). In March 2002, he was part of the International Jury of the Fribourg festival.
- Codirector of Daniel Díaz Torres’ “Alicia en el pueblo de maravillas” (Alice in the wonder village) (ICAIC [Cuban Institute of the Cinematic art and industry], 1991).
- Director of “chistes breves para filminutos 25, 29, 34, 48, 49” (short jokes for film minutes 25, etc.) (ICAIC).
- Codirector of Daniel Díaz Torres ‘ “Kleine Tropikana” (Little Tropicana) (ICAIC-BMG, 1997).
- Codirector of Fernando Pérez’ “La vida es silbar” (life is to whistle) (ICAIC, 1998) Prizewinning director at the Sundance Institute Jan. 1998.
- Codirector of Daniel Díaz Torres’ “Hacerse el sueco” (ICAIC-KINOWELT, 2000).
- Co director of Fernando Timossi’ “Dalí Salvador” (Video, 2001).

Other published literature:
        Aventuras del caballero del Miembro Encogido, Novel, in collaboration with NOS-Y-OTROS), Abril publishing, 1993.
        Los doce apóstatas (The twelve apostles) (Novel), Letras Cubanas, 1994.
        Basura y otros desperdicios (Story, in collaboration with Luis Felipe Calvo), editorial Letras Cubanas, 1994.
        Virus (Novel, in collaboration with Luis Felipe Calvo), editorial Abril, 1994.
        Stories de relaxo I y II (Story, in collaboration with NOS-Y-OTROS), editorial Abril, 1992.
        Nostalgia de la babosa (poesía), editorial Abril, 1993.
        El elefantico verde (The little green elephant) (Stories and fables for children), editorial Abril, 1993.
        Criminales (SF stories), editorial Abril, 1994.
        La clessidra di Nicanor (Novel), editorial Giunti, Firenze, Italy, 1997.
        El beso y el plan (The kiss and the plan) (story), editorial Letras Cubanas, 1997.
        Obstáculo (Obstacle) (fantasy novel), editorial Letras Cubanas, 1997.
        Un libro sucio (A dirty book) (story, in collaboration with Luis Felipe Calvo), editorial
        Capiro, Santa Clara, 1998.
        Cabeza de ratón (Story), editorial Abril, 1998.
        Los viajes de Nicanor (Stories fantásticos), editorial Extramuros, la Habana, 2000.
        Die kubanische Filmkomödie (The Cuban film comedy) (as compiler, coeditor, and author of one of the essays), Studien Verlag, Innsbruck, Austria, 2001.
        Tres (Three) (Novel fantástica), editorial Letras Cubanas, 2002.
        He has been included in diverse national and foreign anthologies and his stories have appeared in publications in Mexico, Spain, France, Germany, Austria and Italy.
Links
       
Interview. (Spanish)
        See commentary on Los viajes de Nicanor. (Spanish)

Victor Bruno Henríquez
Member of the Union of Cuban Writers and Artists, (UNEAC). Principal organizor of the annual events of SF in Cuba, for more than 10 years, and one of the most enthusiastic supporters of the genre. Director of the SF group “Grupo i+Real” and of the magazine of the same name, first virtual publication in Cuba dedicated to the genre. Creator of the Stories Competition of the magazine Juventud Técnica and the annual SF Short Story Prize "Dragón". Was president of the workshop "Oscar Hurtado" and advisor to the SF literary workshop "El Negro".
Books:
        “Aventura en el laboratorio”, (Adventure in the laboratory) Editorial Oriente, 1988.
        “En otro espacio”. (In another space) Book of poetry, Municipio de Cultura Plaza, 1987.
        “Por el atajo”, (By a shortcut) Editorial Oriente, 1991.
        “Marte. Mito y realidad” (Mars: myth and reality), Colihue Argentina, Ed. C-T, Cuba, 1994.
        “Polvo en el viento” (Dust in the wind), editor, Argentina, 1999.
Stories:
        "Ajeno en la muchedumbre" (lost in the crowd), Anthology , Editorial Gente Nueva 1988.
        Juventud Técnica 1965-1997: "Futurama", "El poder de la mano", "Plaga", "No hay remedio Coronel", "Cinco minutos", "Solo Marta", "Punto de contacto", "Para acabar con Man Costa", "Otra vez el tiempo", "Tiempo de bromas", "Isla", "Por el atajo", "Transformaciones", "La próxima semana en contacto", "Contacto cósmico".
        "Estornudar el miércoles" (Sneezing Wednesday) OtraCosa, n.1, México, 1992
        "Especulaciones", revista “A quien corresponda”, México, 1993.
        "Cracker", revista Axxón, n. 62, Argentina, 1994.
        "Leyenda", revista Axxón, n. 83, Argentina, y en la revista Somos Jóvenes.
        "La señal, la palabra", revista Axxón, n. 74.
Poesía:
        Magazine Unión: "Ovnis" (UFOs).
        Magazine Bohemia: "Piezas de repuesto".
        Magazine i+Real n. 0: "Ovnis II", n. 1: "Contacto cósmico".
        Magazine Tulán, n. 1: "Cuba1 y Cuba2".
        Supplement CT-21 de Juventud Rebelde: "Verano de la Ciencia ficción" y "Arenas y sombras".
        Solaris n. 0, Venezuela: "Génesis" y "Evolución".
        Literaturnaya Gazeta, June, 1983:"Génesis" (in Russian).
        Galactika, Hungary, March, 1987: selection of poems (in Hungarian).
Articles:
        "¿Está realmente vacío el espacio interplanetario?" (Is the interplanetary space really a vacuum?),Juventud Técnica, July-Aug., 1978. (First place in the ACC competition for popular science, 1978).
        Revista Semanal de Radio Reloj Set 1978."La química del vacío interplanetario" (The chemistry of the interplanetary vacuum), Revista Química, Nov, 1978.
        "La memoria magnética de las rocas". (Third place in the ACC contest for popular science, 1979).
        "Cómo se mide el magnetismo terrestre" (How one measures terrestrial magnetism), Bohemia, Dic, 1977.
        "Microsegundos en la antigüedad", en suplemento CT-21 de Juventud Rebelde Verano de la Ciencia Ficción.
        "Hacia el planeta rojo" (To the red planet), en suplemento CT-21 de Juventud Rebelde Verano de la Ciencia Ficción.
        "El tiempo en la India antigua" (Time in ancient India), Rev. Duda, México, 1993.
        "Por primera vez los robots", in Asímov Magazine, México.
Was promoter of the famous anthology of Cuban authors “Polvo en el viento”, Ediciones del Instituto Movilizador de Fondos Cooperativos, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Links
       
Interview on his personal work. (Spanish)
        Interview on the panorama of Cuban SF. (Spanish)

 Ángel Arango (Born, City of Havana, 1926)
Member of the Union of Cuban Writers and Artists. (UNEAC).
Considered the “dean” of Cuban SF writers. Has been awarded with various prizes and in many competitions in the genre in Cuba and published his stories in Spain (Nueva Dimensión), Mexico (Antares), Frances (Renauld-Barrault), in various Argentine magazines in Córdova and Buenos Aires, the former USSR, Czechoslavakia, the former East Germany, and appears in the “The best of Latin American Science Fiction”, by Bernard Goorden and Van Vogt.

Publications:
        “¿A dónde van los cefalomos?” (Whither go the cephalomos?), Selection of stories, 1964;
        “El planeta negro” (The black planet), Selection of Stories, 1966;
        “Robotomaquia”, Selection of stories, 1967;
        “El fin del caos llega quietamente” (The end of chaos arrives quietly), Selección de stories, 1971;
        “Las criaturas” (the creatures), Selection of stories, 1978;
        “El Arcoiris del mono” (The monkey’s rainbow), Selection of stories, 1980;
        "Transparencia” (Transparency), Novela, 1982;
        “Coyuntura” (Juncture), Novela, 1984;
        “Sider”, Novel, 1994.
Links
       
Interview on his own work. (Spanish)
        Interview on the panorama of Cuban SF. (Spanish)
        The world of SIDER. (Spanish)
        Selections from “La columna bífida” (The forked column). (Spanish)

José Miguel Sánchez Gómez (Yoss) (Born, City of Havana)
Member of the Union of Cuban Writers and Artists. (UNEAC) and of the Brothers Saíz Association. Has had a distinguished participation in the events of: Ibeficción 94, Cubaficción96, CuásarDragón 95 y Habana 99. Prize "Pinos Nuevos" 1996. Participated as juror in the competition "Dragón" 1999 and various prizes of the magazine Juventud Técnica. Has published his stories in the SF virtual magazines “i+Real” in Cuba and “Axxón” in Argentina. Was member of the literary workshops "Oscar Hurtado" and "Jules Verne". Obtained the “David” Prize in 1988 with “Timshel”, in the category of SF.
Has published the books:
        “Timshel”, 1989;
        “W”, 1998;
        “Los siete pecados nacionales” (The seven national sins), Ed. Bessa, Italy;
        “Reino eterno” (Eternal realm), anthology of fantasy, 1999;
        “Los pecios y los naúfragos” (the shipwrecks and the shipwrecked), novel, 2000;
        Pórtico XXI, an anthology in press to come out this year (2002?) and the small work, “El encanto de fin de siglo” (The enchantment of the turn of the century), a novelette written by four hands with the Italian author Enilio Manetti, which will be published in a collection in ItaloCuban collaboration, titled “el Peso Cubano” (The Cuban weight), and the book “Se alquila un planeta”, published in Spain in 2002.
Links
       
Interview on the panorama of Cuban SF. (Spanish)
        “Entre nos ...” (Between us) Yoss (Interview). (Spanish)
        “Trabajadora social” (Social worker), story. (Spanish)
        “Los buceadores” (The divers), story. (Spanish)
        “Al final de la senda” (Comentarios de esta Novel). (Spanish)
        “Utopiales 2002”. (Spanish)

Roberto Estrada Bourgeois (Born, Havana 1950)
Member of the Union of Cuban Writers and Artists. (UNEAC).
Licensed in Law. SF Stories Prize of the magazine Juventud Técnica, in 1984 with the short story "En la cuneta" (in the ditch). Honorable Mention in the "David" competition of 1985, with the novel “Trenco”. Finalist in the UPC Prize UPC of the Polytechnical University of Catalonia with the novel “Bosque” (Forest), in 1995. Finalist in the competition "Luis Rogelio Nogueras", with the novel “Bosque".
Has published:
        "En la cuneta" (In the ditch), magazine Juventud Técnica, 1984.
        “Trenco”, Ed. Letras Cubanas, 1986.
        "En la cuneta", in the anthology “Recurso extremo”, Editorial Abril, 1988.
        "Papito Veracierto", in the anthology “Contactos”, Gente Nueva, 1988.
        “Ein Modigliani aus Kuba” (A Modigliani from Cuba), Editorial Distel, Germany, 1999.
        "Una tienda en la Avenida" (A shop on the avenue), in the anthology “Polvo en el viento”, Argentina, 1999.
        "Teledildonic love", Magazine Juventud Técnica, 2002.
Links:
       
Interview on his personal works. (Spanish)
        Interview on the panorama of Cuban SF. (Spanish)
        “Bosque” (Novel). (Spanish)
        “Una tienda en la avenida” (Story). (Spanish)

Gerardo Chávez Spínola (Born, Havana 1947).
Writer. Radio and TV screenwriter.
Has published articles in the magazines:
        “Juventud Técnica’, Ed. Abril;
        “Ciencia y Desarrollo”, Ed. Academia;
        “Energía y tú”, Ed. Cubasolar;
        “Triángulo de Luz”, Ed. Rosacruz, Palmas de Gran Canarias, España;
        “El Buscador”. Ed. Yug, México DF.
Prizes:
        Dragón Prize (Havana 1997);
        Honorable Mention Dragón (Havana 1998);
        Dragón Prize (Havana 1999);
        Honorable Mention in Dulcinea competition (Cervantina Digital Spain 1999);
        Honorable Mention in Espiral Prize (Havana 2000), in the category of short story.
        Sociocultural Scholarship and Essays Prize, with M. Rivero, for his work “Catauro de Seres Míticos y Legendarios en Cuba” (Basket of mythic and legendary beings in Cuba), awarded by the Juan Marinello Center for Cultural Studies. Havana 2002. Is a member of the General Society of Spanish Writers (SGAE).
Has published stories in:
        The anthology “Polvo en el viento” (Argentina 1999).
        Magazine i+Real (First virtual magazine of SF in Cuba).
        Magazine “A quién corresponda” (To whom it may concern), Tamaulipas, Mex. 1999.
He is the author of the anthology “Entre la llama y la Niebla” (Between the flame and the fog), currently under consideration at Extramuros and coauthor, with M. Rivero of the “Catauro of “Seres Míticos y Legendarios en Cuba”, in publishing process.
Edited and directed la web El Balcón de La Habana (The balcony of Havana), in Cervantina Digital. Año 1998.
Edited and directed the web site El Guaicán Dorado dedicated to Cuban SF. 1998-9.
Edits and directs the website Guaicán Literario, dedicated to Cuban SF. Since 2001.

As radio screenwriter, writes dramatizations of suspense and mystery for the space “Pasos en la Oscuridad” (Steps in the darkness) from the sender Radio Cadena Habana (Radio Network Havana) and dramatized stories for the producer Radioarte.
As TV screenwriter, has written dramatic series for the channel Mitv, Dramatic stories for the space “El Story” as well as various spaces of the Division of Cultural Programs of TV cubana.

Juan Pablo Noroña Lamas (Born, City of Havana, 1973)
Editor-corrector of the broadcaster Radio Reloj (Clock Radio).
Studies completed: Licensed in philology
Works published.
        Has published story in the anthology “Reino Eterno”, Letras Cubanas, 2000;
        various collaborations in the fazine of fantasy literature MiNatura.
Prizes and mentions received:
        1st prize, contest for short story “Media-Vuelta” (Half turn), finalist Dragón competition, Cubaficción 2001.

Juan Alexander Padrón García (Born 1973)
Licensed in pharmaceutical sciences. Teaching and Research Professor of the Ministry of Higher Education, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Havana.
Over 12 national and international publications in high-profile magazines in the field of the medical sciences, 21 presentations in national and international events.
Invited speaker in the events Quasar-Dragón 1998 and Ibeficción 2001.
Published in:
        “Reino Eterno” (anthology), Letras Cubanas, 1999.
Member of organizing committee for Quasar-Dragón 1998. In charge of the “Legends” section of the website VirtualRol (Spain, 2000). Published in the magazines Nexus (Cuba 1997), La Plaga (Spain 2002) and Glypho (Spain 2001-3). Member of the Association of Science Fiction Writers of Spain (Spain 2001). Guest at the Iberoamerican convention of Science Fiction and Fantasy Hispacon 2001 (Spain, 2001). Member of the Association Saíz Brothers and of the literary workshops Escritores CF (Spain), La plaga (Spain) y Talien (Spain).
E. mail: alex2473@yahoo.es

Alejandro Madruga González (Born, Havana City, 1951)
Licensed in Cybernetic Mathematics, University of Havana, 1983.
PUBLICATIONS:
        - Essay: "¿Posthumanidad o posthumanismo?" (Posthumanity or posthumanism?), collection Pensar en Cuba (Think of Cuba), Ciencias Sociales.
        - Article: "Hablemos de Cibernética" (Speaking of cybernetics). Magazine Juventud Técnico No. 274, 1996.
        - Story: "Ley robot" (Robotic law). Magazine Juventud Técnica No.274, 1996
        - Article: "¿Serán nuestros nietos robots?" (Will our grandchildren be robots?). magazine Juventud Técnica No.275,1996.
        - Article: "La Inteligencia Artificial. Una luz en la naturaleza” " (Artificial intelligence: a light in nature) Magazine GIGA. No. 3, 1998
        - Story: "Casa Muerta" (Dead house). Anthology of Cuban science fiction “Polvo en el Viento”, (Argentina 1999).
Prizes and mentions:
        - National prize in the XII Scientific contest Técnico Juvenil in 1987.
Links:
       
“Cazadores de imágenes” (Story). (Spanish)
        “Casa muerta” (Story). (Spanish)

Ernesto Padrón Blanco (Born, Cárdenas. Matanzas, 1948)
Reporter, graphic designer, cartoonist, writer and director of animated cartoons. Was director of the childrens’ magazine Zunzún for 15 years, and the magazine Bijirita for five years. He is the author of the animation series”Los ¿Por qué?, Para Curiosos y Conociendo a Martí”. He is also creator of the character and stories of Yeyín. Also, he worked in the plot and as assistant director, respectively, in the feature-length cartoons “Vampiros en La Habana” (Vampires in Havana)and “Más Vampiros en La Habana” (More vampires in Havana).

He has published theoretical articles in the magazine El Caimán Barbudo and in the newspaper Juventud Rebelde, as well as stories and illustrations in the childrens’ and youth publications Abril and Gente Nueva. Presently he works as a screenwriter and cinematic director in the Animation Films Studios of ICAIC.
He has won national and international prizes as reporter, designer and screenwriter and as film director; among them:
Polonia magazine Prize, 1972;
Book Exposition IBA-1977, Germany;
International Festival of Ottawa, Canada, 1977;
OCLAE Prize, 1980: Poster Museum, Warsaw, 1990;
Caracol Competition of the UNEAC (Prizes for script and direction) 1999, 2000, 2001;
Honorable Mention International Festival of the New Latin American Cinema, 1999.;
Festival Prize for Films for Children, Guayana, Venezuela (2002).
Publications:
        “Momentos importantes”, book of stories published by “Gente Nueva”, 1976.
        “Ustedes son el futuro” (You are the future), Illustrations for the book of Fidel’s speech at the Pioneers Camp “Bolodia”, in Lenin Park (1976), published by Editorial “Gente Nueva” that same year. Bronze medal in the Book Exposition IBA-1977, Ottawa, Canada.
        “Cuentos de abril” (Stories of April), book of stories with coauthor Jorge Oliver (text and illustrations), published by “Gente Nueva”, 1978
        “Aventuras de Yeyín” (Adventures of Yeyín), book of comics published by “Pablo de la Torriente”, 1982.
        “A primeira aventura”, illustrations for the book of stories by the Cuban writer Anisia Miranda, published by “O Castro”, Coruña, Spain, 1991.
Distinctions:
        Diablo Cojuelo Diploma, National Committee of the UJC (1988):
        Centenario de la Edad de Oro Diploma, Ministry of Culture (1990);
        Distinction for the National Culture, Ministry of Culture (1995).
        Diploma of Artistic Merit of the Superior Institute of Art (2002).
Links
       
Interview with the author. Spanish
        Yeyín, animated. Spanish

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