—NPR, Best Books of 2015
"Some of the best sci-fi written anywhere since the 1970s . . . A Planet for Rent, like its author, a bandana-wearing, muscly roquero, is completely sui generis: riotously funny, scathing, perceptive, and yet also heart-wrenchingly compassionate . . . Instantly appealing."
“In prose that is direct, sarcastic, sexual and often violent, A Planet for Rent criticizes Cuban reality in thinly veiled terms . . . The book is particularly critical of the government-run tourism industry of the ’90s, which welcomed and protected tourists—often at the expense of Cubans—and whose legacy can still be felt today.”
—The New York Times
"This hilarious and imaginative novel by Cuba's premiere science-fiction writer gets my vote for most overlooked novel of the year. Yoss's book imagines a world where Earth is run as a tourist destination by capitalist aliens who have little regard for the planet or its inhabitants. A Planet for Rent is a perfect SF satire for our era of massive inequality and seemingly unchecked environmental destruction."
“A compelling meditation on modern imperialism . . . A fascinating kaleidoscope of vignettes . . . A brilliant exploration of our planet’s current social and economic inequities . . . Yoss doesn’t disappoint, sling-shotting us around the world and the galaxy . . . Striking, detailed . . . Yoss has written a work of science fiction that speaks to fundamental problems humans deal with every day. This is not just a story about alien oppression; it’s the story of our own planet’s history and a call for change.”
—SF Signal, 4.5-star review
“What 1984 did for surveillance, and Fahrenheit 451 did for censorship, A Planet for Rent does for tourism . . . It’s a wildly imaginative book and one that, while set in the future, has plenty of relevance to the present.”
“For readers of Stanislaw Lem and William Gibson's Sprawl trilogy . . . An excellently written piece of sci-fi, with its rich world-building and well-crafted characters . . . Yoss has told a fictional tale that rings all too true despite the aliens and spaceships. A Planet for Rent is science fiction of the highest caliber. It tells us to imagine a strange new world, and as we explore it we come to understand our own a little better."
"Yoss, a famed Cuban sci-fi writer, expertly crafts numerous parallels to the conflicted history of his country and its effect on its people. In the seedy, corrupt, and ruthless world of voyeurism, there is still the hope of escape to a better future. With an excellent translation by David Frye, Yoss has produced a devastating and imaginative work that not only explores the moral dilemmas of science fiction, but of cultures that are closer to home.”
—San Francisco Book Review
About the Author
When he isn’t translating, David Frye teaches Latin American culture and society at the University of Michigan. Translations include First New Chronicle and Good Government by Guaman Poma de Ayala (Peru, 1615); The Mangy Parrotby José Joaquín Fernandez de Lizardi (Mexico, 1816), for which he received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship; Writing across Cultures: Narrative Transculturation in Latin America by Ángel Rama (Uruguay, 1982), and several Cuban and Spanish novels and poems.