17.0 – Author Spotlight: Christopher Kastensmidt

un_ckBem-vindos! Author Christopher Kastensmidt joins us from Porto Alegre, Brazil to discuss his novelette series, The Elephant and Macaw Banner. (The newest book is out now!) He shares his influences, observations on the publishing industry in Brazil, and his plans for the future of the series. Fans of swashbuckling adventure won’t want to miss these stories, or the gorgeous cover art by Ursula “SulaMoon” Dorada.

Chris also shared recommendations for Brazilian science fiction and fantasy, starting with the winners of the Hydra Competition (Concurso Hydra, in Portuguese). Chris founded the competition in 2011, in partnership with Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show (IGMS), to bring outstanding Brazilian spec fic to an American audience.

The winner of the first competition was “Story with Pictures and Conversation” by Brontops Baruq (complete story), while second place went to “By a Thread,” by Flávio Medeiros Jr. (complete story). In the second competition, “The Other Bank of the River” by Camila Fernandes (subscription only) took the top prize. The finalists for the third edition of Concurso Hydra were announced March 13, 2016. Chris will translate all three stories, and IGMS will choose the winner.

A few of Chris’s other recommendations include “Act of Extermination” by Cirilo S. Lemos in The Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk (which also includes “Mountains of Green,” by our own Cath Schaff-Stump); And Still the Earth and Zero by Ignacio de Loyola Brandao; and “Salvaging Gods” by Jacques Barcia.

For more Brazilian science fiction and fantasy recommendations, check out Chris’s article “10 Autores nacionais de literatura fantástica publicados em língua inglesa no exterior,” which is in Portuguese, but includes links to stories in English. (Or you can try the Google translation, “10 fantastic literature of national authors published in English abroad.”) You might also be interested in Universo Insônia.

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