Yes! You can preorder the second book of Memories of Twilight now!
It will be published on August 23rd.
Get them!… Sigue leyendo
A quick note to tell you that I was interviewed by Tannia Ortiz-Lopes, from Time With Tannia. In this interview we talk about speculative fiction, about how I combine spirituality with fiction, about being a writer, about my facet as a translator . . .
Stories and legends, both for children and adults, in which the hero in question must face a dragon are not uncommon. Already at the time, the great (in at least two senses) G. K. Chesterton left for posterity a quote that seems to me a good starting point:
“Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.”
Children already know that dragons exist. They are perfectly aware that there are bad and unfair things. That some people behave well but others behave badly.
They are not alien to the problem of evil. Not at all.
In the West, the dragon clearly represents evil. We could talk about the extent to which it is positive or negative for there to be a certain vindication of the figure of the dragon, making it become a kind of wise and sympathetic being, unjustly persecuted. However, this is not the aim of the article. Just make it clear that traditionally the dragon has represented evil and that I agree to maintain that interpretation.
We are going to find a multitude of dragons in our lives. Although … Sigue leyendo
Writing is born of an inner impulse
The urge to write is not something that is so easy to put aside. It always comes back, pushing you to leave a string of written words in any medium at your fingertips — how many times I’ve written things down on the first piece of paper I had at hand! But no one writes just because. If you have that impulse it’s because there is something inside you that wants to come out, that wants to show itself to the world. You have a message, something to say, something to communicate . A part of your interior doesn’t stop urging you to write down stories in which you always, always, leave something of yourself. Forget those theories that say that the writer is not reflected in his work. How could an author not be reflected in his work, a creator in his creature? Even in the effort to leave no trace of himself, he would be leaving it.
You’re always going to leave a footprint.
Write without fear
There are people who are annoyed by finding a moral imprint in a book. Do they think writing should be an aseptic … Sigue leyendo
More than once you’ll have been assaulted by the feeling that everything you are fighting for is useless. That all your sleeplessness, your attempts to achieve your dreams, are going to fail. In fact, perhaps you’ve already felt the cold breath of failure in your neck.
And you know what? You may fail. You may never achieve your dreams. Our heads have been filled with positive thinking nonsense as if thinking something already made it real. That is not the case. Sometimes you fail. I’m sorry, you probably didn’t want to read that, but I have to be honest.
Faced with this, I think it’s best to replace positive thinking with realistic thinking. This implies the humility to properly value one’s own capacities and means and to start from there. From reality. Knowing that we’ll have to fight, that we’ll have to do our best, overcome our limits again and again. To have our gaze focused on the goal, even though we know that there will be stumbles.
As long as there are sunrises, there will be hope
What you can never lose is hope. You have a dream. You want to achieve it with all … Sigue leyendo
A small story that expands on the story of one of the characters in Apocalipsis and Llorando Sangre: Józef Nowak, translated by Lisa Nicholas. You want to know how the stigmata appeared to him? Read on.
“My Lord and my God, may all my intentions, actions, and operations be ordered purely to Thy service and to the praise of Thy divine majesty.”
Józef Nowak was in his room at the Jesuit seminary, where he had been doing the Spiritual Exercises for the first time. A month of solitude and silence, a month of prayer to discover God’s will for him. To confirm that the way forward for him was to join the Society of Jesus.
He was now in the third week of the Exercises that St. Ignatius of Loyola had developed—the meditations of the seventh day, the Passion of Christ. As in each of the previous ones, he began by imagining the place where the object of his meditation had occurred and by asking God to grant him
sorrow, tears, and suffering for the tormented Christ.
As soon as he began to imagine the scenes of the Passion, he felt his heart expand. He saw … Sigue leyendo
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The smartest AI ever created will take control of the world, if nobody stops it.
The first volume of a cyberpunk science fiction serial novel in which Billy and David, two brilliant programmers, give life to an artificial intelligence, whose hunger for learning will endanger the whole world. A world where androids are more and more seen, not only as tools, but as nearly humans.
You’ll realize it’s not so far from reality.
A cyberpunk story
Finally, here’s my first book in English. The first volume of a cyberpunk serial novel called Memories of Twilight, with a disturbing artificial intelligence, robots, humans dependent on technology . . . even space travel!
I’m so excited. This translation has been done between my wife and Lisa Nicholas, from Mitey Editing, and I think the result is exceptional.
My wife designed the cover and I did the layout. I’m very happy with how the book looks.
Now all that remains for me is to hope that you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.