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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Calaca Press (December 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984335900
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984335909
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's like nothing I've ever read. Lunar Braceros delivers. It's a powerful social narrative that creates an alternative imaginative reality and explores the dynamics of space travel in relation to the Americas. --Angie Chabram, UC Davis

I've been waiting for this kind of novel for most of my life, a work of science fiction from below, focused on people of color, that takes on big ideas about history, politics, capitalism, philosophy, and science. --Curtis Marez, UC San Diego

About the Author

Rosaura Sánchez teaches in the Literature Department at the University of California, San Diego.

Beatrice Pita teaches in the Literature Department at the University of California, San Diego.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By PropagandaByPhD on February 7, 2011
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If Ursula Le Guin was a pair of bada** Chicana anarquistas/professoras who had spent several decades working to resist the privatization of public institutions and to overthrow capitalism, this is the book she would write. But she isn't and she didn't. Fortunately, Rosaura Sanchez and Beatrice Pita stepped in and picked up the slack. What these two co-authoresses lack in flowery prose and simplistic expository style, they more than make up for in social relevance. The book directly engages with the ideas and institutions that shape the world in which we live, and it does so in a way that challenges assumptions about the purpose of science fiction. Rather than being a space completely separated from the present, science fiction emerges as a space for developing the political consciousness necessary to push for change in the present.

The first thing you should know is that this is a book that engages with racial histories of oppression and exploitation in the Americas in a way that makes important connections between the past and future. Indeed, while some may see this book's grim portrayal of the future as unrealistic, anyone who is familiar with the real U.S. history--you know, the one that your elementary school teacher didn't want to talk about, the one that forgets to mention that the Texas Rangers were slave catchers who tracked down escaped slaves who had fled to freedom in Mexico, the one that doesn't want to talk about how the Spanish missions forced the indigenous peoples into "peonage", aka slavery (what did you think the walls were for?)--will notice that Sanchez and Pita's future bears an uncanny resemblance to the past.

Above all else, this is a novel about ideas.
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I had high hopes for this book. It's nice to have science fiction from a Latino perspective, but really, it has to be better written than this. Other reviewers had issues with the radically different political setup, something that as a regular reader of science fiction, I have no issue with. What I must agree with is the lack of basic writing skills. A plot is created and recounted, and frankly, it wasn't nearly as interesting as hearing my 90 year old grandmother recount the annual ritual of rejuvenating the wool in her mattress when she was a child on a farm in Arizona.

There's little description of anything, no feeling of being anywhere, whether the narrator is in the Amazon, a reservation in Fresno, or the moon. The reaction of every character to anything are portrayed with such distance that important deaths carry the emotional weight of hearing a lunch order.

Worst of all, none of the protagonists are distinguishable from each other. In a first person narrative, switching between characters, the reader should be able to easily recognize the voice of each individual, just as in real life, every individual you know has their own patterns of speech, idiolect, and little quirks. The villains are distinguished from the protagonists in that their speech is not peppered with Spanish, but are also otherwise indistinguishable and just not realized characters. I got the sense that the authors didn't put much thought into who these characters were. With the best authors, the characters become so real that you can imagine them in their lives and yours. Instead, I imagine these characters as cardboard cutouts spouting left wing slogans.

It did not have to be this way.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brice R. on April 14, 2010
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Lunar Braceros has/had an enormous potential as a rarity, a book that situates the contemporary economic and social struggles Latinos (and all other races) face in America, in a futuristic world dominated by corporations and global alliances. The mixture of Science fiction and contemporary literature opens it's boundaries to a plethora of audiences, and so my expectations for this novel were high. The novel itself focuses on a future that seems ridiculously hyperbolic, a world in which the US government has been dissolved and replaced by alliances such as "Cali-texas" (how creative). The first half of the book consist solely of a listing of information, skipping aimlessly back and forth from the 21st century to 2125 and so on. Making sense of this rambling of economic shifts seems almost impossible.

Speaking of sense, there are a number of narrators and recipients of this novel(each segment is a letter/message). Though I have no problem with this style, there is often no allusion to who is speaking and who they are speaking to, and so putting the pieces of the puzzle together is awkward to say the least. Lastly, this novel is all around poorly written. Not only is the language dull and flat, the diction is awkward and unnatural and the authors do not create any solid images for the reader at all. The narration is a basic, "We did this, and then we did this, and then this happened" and the reader develops no attachment to anyone in the novel. At least six times, one of the narrators begins to tell a story and then says "but I'll tell you all about that later" and never comes back to it.
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