Carla Cristina Pereira – #WITMonth

My final Americas post for Women in Translation Month is a bit of a cheat. For six years Carla Cristina Pereira was fêted as one of the leading feminist speculative fiction writers in Brazil. Then it was discovered that she was a pen name of Gerson Lodi-Ribeiro, who is most decidedly not female in any way. The story is told by Fábio Fernandes and Jacques Barcia as part of the Brazilian episode of Small Blue Planet. “Pereira” is best know for “her” alternate history stories about the Aztec princess, Xochiquetzal.

Of course I should not make this post without giving a shout-out to some actual female Brazilian writers. So hello Cristina Lasaitis and Ana Cristina Rodrigues, both of whom I have had the honor to meet at Worldcons. A story by Ana, “The White Shield House”, has been published at Kalkion. A quick search didn’t turn up anything in English by Cris, but anyone who has been on the LGBT programming stream at a Worldcon and works in a university department of psychobiology is totally awesome in my book.

I shall now sit back and wait for the excellent Fábio to point us all at some fine Brazilian fiction that I have failed to highlight.