Mexico City. “My first great literary love was science fiction,” says the writer and cartoonist without hesitation. Bernardo FernandezAnd Beef. “So next year I’m 50 and I want to give myself a science fiction novel and a science fiction graphic novel, because I’ve published many graphic novels, but not science fiction. I want to go back to the genre, give myself that flair and that fantasy game.”
Comments of the narrator and the cartoonist as well, in an interview with Carpentry, which plans in 2022 to finish the first novel of the science fiction trilogy. I have 60 pages of a cosmic epic about the fate of humanity in deep space. That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy writing a crime novel.”
He admits that he imagines the crime novel and the science fiction novel as two sisters. ‘Older sister, who has gained fame and popularity, volarite, half strawberry, pretty, who wears a tailored suit because she studied law, or something, is the policewoman. And science fiction is like younger sister, punk, shaggy, with a blue lock, an industrial boat, dressed Black clothes are studying cinema or philosophy, he explains.
It’s like they were my neighbors when I was a teenager. The one who listens to me is always the older sister, but I like the younger one. It would be better to marry the eldest; But I always turn to see the minor, but she does not pay much attention to me. ”
Beef He makes this thinking regarding the reissue of his first novel blue gel (FCE), which selected science fiction “When She Was Upset in Mexico,” published in 2007 by Spanish independent label Ediciones El Parnaso and that year’s Ignotus Prize winner, for Best Foreign Novel.
I started writing it in 1998 or 1999 and finished it in 2001; It was a complicated pregnancy. It was my first novel. I have a special affection for her, because with her I learned to write the genre. I can now see in them my transition from storyteller to novelist, I can see between the lines the curve of that learning. Therefore, after more than 20 years, I am returning to the younger sister,” he adds.
The narrator admits that he was “very angry” when he did blue gel. “It’s an angry book. From afar, I think it’s the darkest, most disappointing, and cruelest title. If you compare Detective Crajales from this novel with Detective Járcor from my last crime play, This is the monster we live in, I can say that the first is bitter, dark, very violent, and the second is saucy and even bright. I have had great fortune in going from darkness to light.”
When asked what he thought of this transformation as a writer, he replied, “Without a doubt because I am a father. Fatherhood has connected me to everything that is luminous and active. It has made me understand that this world is so hard, so turbulent and so cruel, but the attachment to love, in any of its manifestations, preserves and gives meaning. “.
The graphic designer is also proud of the virtual reality you imagine blue gelWhen “the Internet was only text interfaces, there were no pictures or music, and it took three hours to download pictures and there were no cell phones,” he explained.
The proposal still applies: our complex relationship with technology and how it affects us remains intact. In the novel, people are still looking for each other in the yellow section, funny things today; But, even though the technology references aren’t exact, the metaphor is still there, what I was interested in saying, how this digital world would have separated marginalized populations from the affluent.
The fact that the marginal classes would not have access to technology let me down, and it turns out they did; Now, more than 80 percent of Mexicans have a mobile phone, but they are still in poverty. World blue gel It looks to me like a distorting mirror, but it is very similar to the world we live in today.”
The author of children’s books expects this, after the reissue blue gel, the plan is that the novel the noise of silencePublished with this novel, it is now also released as a single novel, “because it was a continuation of the first world, but projected into the future,” he concludes.
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