Dornbierer, Manú

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(circa 1932-    ) Mexican author and painter, better known for her work as a journalist, a field where she has received some awards. In the late 1960s, Dornbierer began to publish short stories, mostly Fantasy, always very stylish, well-written and constructed pieces. In 1968, her short story "La grieta" ["The Crack"], later included in the collection Después de Samarkanda ["After Samarkand"] (coll 1977), received the Juegos Florales de Ciudad del Carmen (Campeche, Mexico) Award. To date, this is her most famous sf short story, about a woman who has the ability to communicate with a Parallel World inhabited by automatons and all kinds of Machines. Her short fiction was also published in the French magazine Planète and the British People. Her first two collections, Después de Samarkanda ["After Samarkand"] (coll 1977) and La grieta y otros cuentos ["The Crack and other short stories"] (coll 1978), include the same short stories, among them "Pastelería vienesa" ["Viennese Patisserie"], in which a place specializing in exquisite gourmet cakes is used as a bait to begin an Extraterrestrial invasion. Her last collection to date, En otras dimensiones ["In Other Dimensions"] (coll 1995), combines all the short stories from the previous ones, plus some additions like "Un planeta sin arte" ["A Planet With No Art"], telling the story of a space expedition whose crew is divided between those interested only in efficiency, and those interested also in art. Her only novel at present, Memorias de un delfín ["Memories of a Dolphin"] (2009), is more an Ecological fantasy than sf, about a dolphin which receives a human brain. [MAFD]

Manú Dornbierer

born, Mexico City, Mexico: 20 December circa 1932

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