Back to the Future: Salvador Allende's Steampunk Chile
Chile, Steampunk, Salvador Allende, Cybersyn, Synco, Alternate History
Jorge Baradit’s 2008 steampunk novel Synco asks us to imagine that Pinochet’s coup had not only failed but that Pinochet and Allende had forged a curious political alliance subtended by a complex metaphysical system of esoteric doctrines and practices. I argue in this paper that Baradit’s work of alternative history invites us rethink the coordinates of the contemporary political field in Chile, hinting that contemporary science fiction and steampunk narrative may provide us with an important supplement to more traditional testimonial narratives.
Original Publication Citation
“Back to the Future: Salvador Allende’s Steampunk Chile.” A Contracorriente 11.1 (2013): 152-69.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Laraway, David, "Back to the Future: Salvador Allende's Steampunk Chile" (2013). Philosophy Faculty Publications. 47.
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