Venezuelan Science Fiction
As an undergrad, I spent five semesters researching Venezuelan Science Fiction and the changes it went through relative to the revolution that occurred under Hugo Chavez. In the spring of 2017, 30+ authors of science fiction in Venezuela came together to sign a manifesto saying they were going to use their writing as a way of resistance. By working with these authors, I looked at how the stories started off as utopian and have slowly become dystopian as the country has entered turmoil. Science fiction is often described as the ‘progressive genre’ and has often been used to promote change, to act as a way of resistance. What is happening in Venezuela is similar to what happened in the Soviet Union during their rise and fall. The final part of this research seeks to compare the trends in Venezuela to those that occurred in countries like the Soviet Union.
To learn more about the project, visit www.venezuelansf.com.