Pulp Science Fiction in Spain, Before And During Totalitarianism

This is the fourth part of a four-part series on the pulps under totalitarianism. Read more: Pulp Scifi Under German Totalitarianism | Pulp Scifi Under Russian and Soviet Totalitarianism | Pulp Scifi Under Japanese Totalitarianism

Like most European countries Spain has a tradition of science fiction and proto-science… » 1/18/13 6:38pm 1/18/13 6:38pm

X-rays reveal hidden painting behind 19th century masterpiece

The 1823 painting Portrait of Don Ramón Satué is considered one of Francisco Goya's finest achievements, but it might actually have been the artist's last-ditch effort to avoid political hot water. X-ray analysis reveals this painting once depicted someone far more controversial than a local judge. » 9/22/11 4:40pm 9/22/11 4:40pm

I Always Wear High Heels to Visit the Moon

Over at Spanish pulp blog El Desván del Abuelito, they've got some terrific covers from what look like early 1960s science fiction comics from a series called "El Mundo Futuro" (world of the future). This is one of my favorites, whose title roughly translated means "It will happen tomorrow!" I love the man in his suit… » 11/15/08 5:00pm 11/15/08 5:00pm

SpY's Android Sculptures Do Everyday Human Things

Bronze sculptures can be so boring. That's why Spanish street sculptor SpY—who became famous as a graffiti artist in the 80s—re-imagines them as offbeat androids doing ordinary human things. Here you can see his robotic officer sweeping the street, and below there's a bot with a gas mask reading the morning paper,… » 1/22/08 4:00pm 1/22/08 4:00pm

Super-Rabies Turns LA Building Into Death Trap In Quarantined

Plagues are the new monsters. Just look at Quarantined, the movie Screen Gems just green-lighted about a reporter and her camera crew, trapped inside a building where a deadly new strain of rabies rages. It sounds very 28 Days Later, but also like a zoom-lens on the future of our overpopulated and psychotic global… » 11/12/07 8:00am 11/12/07 8:00am