Also thanks to Luis Pestarini, co-selector of the Spanish original anthology, part of which has been used in this volume.
And to all the writers, translators, artists, collaborators and other friends who have accompanied us on this long journey and given their best. We’re still going to need you —we hope for a long time.
Felicidad Martínez is a technical engineer in industrial design, and she combines her professional work as an illustrator and design teacher with writing, principally science fiction. She has published stories in the Argentinean online magazine Axxon and the anthology Visiones 2007, published by the Spanish Association for Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror, among other publications.
“The Texture of Words” was published in 2012 as part of the tribute anthology to the greatest and most far-reaching space opera universe ever created in Spanish science fiction: the Akasa-Puspa saga written by Juan Miguel Aguilera and Javier Redal. This hard science fiction epic located in the remote future and created with strict scientific rigor has been compared to classics like The Mote in God’s Eye and Ringworld. In this case, Martínez’s story transcends the setting of the saga to offer a self-contained story that shows special sensitivity.
Both terrible and extraordinarily emotional, this story’s depth comes from the introspection of magnificently drawn characters within the society where they live: a cry for freedom and a critique of the role assigned to women in oppressive totalitarian societies. This amazing story can be compared to others as notable as The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood or the best works by the brilliant Ursula K. Le Guin. We believe it will interest not just science fiction fans but any minimally engaged reader.