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Redal, Javier

Entry updated 24 December 2020. Tagged: Author.

Working name of Spanish author Francisco Javier Redal (1952-2006), who was by profession a high school science teacher. He published four novels and two novellas in collaboration with Juan Miguel Aguilera plus a dozen solo short stories; they met in 1977, as Aguilera was a student in the same high school where he worked, and published together a school sf Fanzine entitled Módulo ["Module"]. Redal was a prolific contributor to Nueva Dimensión magazine and other sf fanzines, for which he wrote numerous letters, articles, reviews and stories. His most famous story was "Naufragio en Titán" ["Shipwreck on Titan"] (February 1979 Nueva Dimensión), reprinted in Lo mejor de la ciencia ficción española ["Best of Spanish science fiction"] (1982) edited by Domingo Santos, in which he emulated the style of Hard SF by Arthur C Clarke.

In the Redal-Aguilera collaboration, the former contributed his scientific knowledge and the latter his ability as a storyteller. Together they wrote the short story "Sangrando correctamente" ["Bleeding Correctly"] (August 1981 Nueva Dimensión) and later the Akasa-Puspa saga, a hard sf tale set in the remote future and composed of the seminal novels Mundos en el abismo ["Worlds into the Abyss"] (1988) and Hijos de la eternidad ["Children of Eternity"] (1990), later merged as Mundos en la eternidad ["Worlds into Eternity"] (omni 2001). These books were a milestone in Spanish science fiction and they consolidated the definite maturity of the genre in Spain. Its success led to the publication of more tales: the short story "Ari el tonto" ["Ari the Fool"] (May 1992 BEM), the novel El refugio ["The Shelter"] (1994) and the novellas En un vacío insondable ["In an Unfathomable Void"] (1994), later rewritten as Némesis ["Nemesis"] (2011), and "Maleficio" ["Hex"] (in Visiones 1995, anth 1995, ed Pedro Jorge Romero); the last three won Ignotus Awards.

In addition to narrative work, Redal was an excellent essayist. In the 1990s he published numerous articles on biology, but also on Television series such as Star Trek, Red Dwarf and Babylon 5; for these articles, he received two Ignotus Awards. Redal was also the editor of the anthology Visiones 1994 ["Visions 1994"] (1994), published by the Spanish Fantasy and Science Fiction Association.

In 2013 Javier Redal and Juan Miguel Aguilera were honoured with the Gabriel Award by the Spanish Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror Association. [MV]

Javier Redal

born Valencia, Spain: 25 October 1952

died Valencia, Spain: 13 November 2006

series

Akasa-Puspa

  • Mundos en el abismo ["Worlds into the Abyss"] (Barcelona, Spain: Ultramar, 1988) with Juan Miguel Aguilera [Akasa-Puspa: pb/Antoni Garcés]
  • Hijos de la eternidad ["Children of Eternity"] (Barcelona, Spain: Ultramar, 1990) with Juan Miguel Aguilera [Akasa-Puspa: pb/Antoni Garcés]
  • Mundos en la eternidad ["Worlds into Eternity"] (Madrid, Spain: Equipo Sirius, 2001) with Juan Miguel Aguilera [omni of the above two: Akasa-Puspa: pb/Juan Miguel Aguilera, Javier Redal]
  • En un vacío insondable ["In an Unfathomable Void"] (Tenerife, Spain: La Calle de la Costa, 1994) with Juan Miguel Aguilera [novella: Akasa-Puspa: pb/Juan Miguel Aguilera, Paco Roca]
    • Némesis ["Nemesis"] (Granada, Spain: Grupo AJEC, 2011) with Juan Miguel Aguilera [rev vt of the above: Akasa-Puspa: pb/Juan Miguel Aguilera]
  • El refugio ["The Shelter"] (Barcelona, Spain: Ediciones B, 1994) with Juan Miguel Aguilera [Akasa-Puspa: pb/Trazo]

works as editor

  • Visiones 1994 ["Visions 1994"] (Spain: Spanish Fantasy and Science Fiction Association, 1994) [anth: pb/Jesús Parera]

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