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Xatafi-Cyberdark Prize

24/05/2006. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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The Xatafi Cultural Association has announced the candidates for the Xatafi-Cyberdark Prize by Critics of Fantastic Literature, awarded to works of fantastic, science-fiction and horror literature published in Spain in 2005 according to a board's discretion.

The prize amount is: National (Spanish) novel: 350 euros and short story: 150 euros.

Both prizes provided by the on-line bookshop over at


National (Spanish) novel:

"Mundos y Demonios", by Juan Miguel Aguilera.
"Sherlock Holmes y las Huellas del Poeta", by Rodolfo Martínez.
"El Espíritu del Mago", by Javier Negrete.
"Danza de Tinieblas", by Eduardo Vaquerizo.
"Cazadores de Luz", by Nicolás Casariego.
"Cuentos del libro de la noche", by José María Merino.

Foreign novel:

"La mujer del viajero en el tiempo" ("The time-traveller's wife"), by
Audrey Niffenegger.
"La conjura contra América" ("The plot against America"), by Philip Roth.
"Jonathan Strange y el Señor Norrell" ("Jonathan Strange & Mr.
Norrell"), by Susanna Clarke.
"Nunca me abandones" ("Never let me go"), by Kazuo Ishiguro.
"Cismatrix" ("Schismatrix"), by Bruce Sterling.
"Escritos fantasma" ("Ghostwritten"), by David Mitchell.

National (Spanish) short story:

Santiago Eximeno, "Escombros", in Artifex Tercera Época 2.
Lorenzo Luengo, "La cotorra de Humboldt", in Artifex Tercera Época 1.
Félix J. Palma, "Margabarismos", in Artifex Tercera Época 2.
Alfredo Alamo, "El hombre de la pala", in Paura. Antología de Terror
Contemporáneo. Volumen 2.
Juan Díaz Olmedo, "Dragón podrido", in Paura. Antología de Terror
Contemporáneo. Volumen 2.
Marc R. Soto, "Gatomaquia", in Galaxia 15.

Foreign short story:

Ian McDonald, "La pequeña diosa" ("The Little Goddess"), in Asimov
Ciencia Ficción 21.
Richard Matheson, "Duelo" ("Duel"), in Gigamesh 42.
Mike Resnick, "He tocado el cielo" ("For I Have Touched the Sky"), in
Gigamesh 42.
Mike Resnick, "El sumidero de la memoria" ("Down Memory Lane"), in
Gigamesh 42.
Bruce Sterling, "No opinamos lo mismo" ("We See Things Differently"), in
Gigamesh 41.
George R.R. Martin, "El hombre con forma de pera" ("The Pear-Shaped
Man"), in Gigamesh 40. Especial George R.R. Martin.

Editorial initiative:

Valdemar, for "Cuentos fantásticos completos" by Ambrose Bierce.
Valdemar, for "Drácula" by Bram Stoker.
Gigamesh, for "Cuentos completos de ciencia ficción" by Fredric Brown.
Valdemar, for "Narrativa completa I" by Howard Phillips Lovecraft.
Berenice, for "La Nave" by Tomás Salvador.
Reino de Redonda, for "La nube púrpura" by M.P. Shiel.

Winners will be announced during the gala dinner at the next AsturCon, in July the 8th, in a place that will be set by the event organizers. The prize board is composed by: Iván Fernández Balbuena, Ignacio Illarregui, Santiago L. Moreno and Cristóbal Pérez-Castejón, as well as Alberto García-Teresa and J. Fidel Insúa on behalf of Xatafi.

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