Ciencia Ficción : February 2014 Spanish SF News by Ricardo Manzanaro (Spain)


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    “Vitoria Fantástica” Cycle of Lectures and Book Presentations in Vitoria-Gasteiz

    Some lectures and book presentations are announced at “Vitoria Fantástica” (Fantastic Vitoria”) in the city of Vitoria-Gasteiz (northern Spain: the capital city of the province of Álava and of the autonomous community of the Basque Country), that will be held from February to April 2014.  The event includes two book presentations, “Caperucita y otros relatos vascos de terror” (Hood and Other Terror Stories) written by Mikel Rodríguez (on 26th of February) and “Bosques” (Forests) written by Laura Garrido (on 1st of April)and two lectures, “Elogio de la mala literatura” (In Praise of the Bad Literature) by the writer Cesar Mallorquí (on April the 9th), and “De Frankenstein a Terra Nova: 200 años de literatura de ciencia-ficción” (From Frankenstein to Terra Nova: 200 years of science-fiction literature) by Mariano Villarreal, one of the editors of “Terra Nova” anthologies and coordinator of “Literatura Fantástica” web site on the 18th of March.


    The Basque Steampunk’s Blog and Facebook Page

    The Basque Steampunk, that fans group from the Basque Community, launched their blog and facebook page :

    Gift from “Espiral Ciencia-Fición” to TerBi Award Topic Story Contest’s Winner and Finalists

    Until February 28th short stories can be sent to the IV TerBi Award Topic Science Fiction Story Contest (this year’s theme is “The End of the Capitalism and the New Economic Model). The Espiral Science Fiction Collection ( has announced that will recompensate the winner and every finalists with books.
    You can read contest rules at



    Lovecraft Day at Alcobendas

    Alcobendas Art Center will be the focal point of the Lovecraft Comemoration Day (during the La Mano Film Festival), on March 15th. The event includes lectures, colloquia, artwork displays and contests, film screenings, role playing, music, cooking, and a Horror Dessert Contest. Who will be the Best Cthulhu Invoker ?



    2013 fantastic genre publishing statistic in “Literatura Fantástica”

    “Literatura Fantástica” SF&F site has published 2013 the Spain’s 2013 fantastika genre publishing statistics:


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    “Blade Runner” radio adaptation at Spain’s National Radio

    Radio Nacional de España (Spain National Radio) broadcasted some time ago a “Blade Runner” radio adaptation. You can hear it at:



    Nº 132 de Revista Digital miNatura: “Area 51″ (english language version)

    The issue 132 of “Revista Digital miNatura” magazine is now available, with more than 30 theme short stories. For several issues, the magazine presents a full English language version. The topic of new issue is the famed and controversial “Area 51”. The English language issue it´s available at :



    Last “Espiral CF”’s collection success

    Juan José Aroz, Espiral Ciencia-Ficción collection’s editor has reported that the last collection issue, including two novellas (“Zaibatsu” and “La edad del vuelo” – “Flight age” -), has been very successful, and in four months whole edition was sold “Espiral SF” publish science fiction in Spanish since 19 years.



    Spain is the Guest of Honor to the French SF Festival “Imaginales

    The Imaginales Festival‘s 13th edition will be held in the french city of Épinal, from 22nd to 25th of May. This edition Spain is the guest honor country, and GoH writers will be the spaniards Juan Miguel Aguilera, Javier Negrete and the cuban artist Yoss ( José Miguel Sánchez Gómez).





    “Sitio de Ciencia-Ficción” XVII anniversary

    “Sitio de Ciencia Ficción) (Science Fiction Site) is one of the main genre spanish webs :   Recently it turned 17 years, celebrating it publishing several essays written by its collaborators:


    Ricardo Manzanaro

    Ricardo Manzanaro Arana, a medical doctor and an university professor, is the President of the TerBi Asociación Vasca de CF Fantasía y Terror (TerBi Basque Association of Fantasy & Horror) from Bilbao, Spain. Ricardo has published over forty stories in various media and he’s a contributor to EUROPA SF and Amazing Stories.



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