Written by Coral Alejandra Moore
Hello! Welcome to our very first issue of Constelación Magazine. Thank you for joining us on this journey. We're so excited to share what we've collected for this issue. You're in for a treat.
Before we get started, I want to take just a moment to thank a few people. Without Mary Robinette Kowal and John Picacio, none of this would have happened. The story is printed elsewhere (on our About page for instance) so I won't repeat it here, but it's worth reading if you haven't yet. Gutti Barrios, Libia Brenda, and Cristina Jurado have all been involved from the early stages of this mission, and their help has been instrumental in how this project has taken form. To all our translators, first readers, and proofreaders: thank you for stepping up to help us, we can't do this without all of you. Most of all, to those who backed our Kickstarter and have already subscribed, thank you for believing in this vision.
Finally, a very personal message to my partner in this venture: Eliana, you have inspired me at every turn and I am so grateful to have you working with me on this. We did it!
And now, onward to the real reason you're all here!
Constelación Magazine Issue #1: The Bonds That Unite Us
When thinking about what we wanted to accomplish with this magazine, very early on it occurred to us that we wanted to bring Central, North, and South America together in a way that no existing speculative fiction publication did. One of the first ideas we had after we had a name was to have an image of the continents as if they were constellations, to show how as people we are all connected no matter where we come from or who we are. The theme for our first issue came very quickly on the heels of that first image. The lines that connect the stars in the constellations are like the lines between us here on Earth, shining and full of meaning.
We wanted to explore what unites us, even though we live in different places and speak different languages. To that end, we bring you these seven stories from all over the world and beyond that show how important those connections between us are and how they shape us. Come on inside and have some tea and little brilliances with us. You'll understand later.
Coral Alejandra Moore
© Coral Alejandra Moore
Coral Alejandra Moore has always been the kind of girl who makes up stories. Fortunately, she never quite grew out of that. She writes because she loves to invent characters and the desire to find out what happens to her creations drives her tales. Her mother is from Puerto Rico and her father is from Portugal, and she grew up speaking three languages with very little idea of the boundaries between them. She is a 2013 alum of the Viable Paradise writer’s workshop and she has been published by Diabolical Plots, Zombies Need Brains, and Secrets of the Goat People. Currently, she lives with the love of her life and a dangerously smart dog in the beautiful state of Washington where she rides motorcycles, raises chickens, and drinks all the coffee.