Minotauro editions (Grupo Planeta) is pleased to announce the 4 finalist proposals of the XV edition of the Minotaur Award, benchmark in the sector of Fantasy, Terror and Science Fiction in Spanish. The novels selected for the 2020 edition are:

God's eye (Science fiction). In the year 2560, humanity has managed to spread over some eight thousand planets thanks to the anagravonic motors that allow the Inespace-Exespace jumps. The mission of Florence Schiaparelli, captain of the Banshee ship, is to obtain all the possible data on the black hole that she herself has baptized The Eye of God. But when the Banshee crew detects a body trapped in the Eye of God event horizon, Captain Schiaparelli will have to decide whether to risk getting caught themselves to save the other ship's crew.

Memory of the blue girl (Fantasy). Mel is a troubled teenager trying to channel his life into a new foster family. In the waiting room of a mental health unit he meets Beatriz, a girl who woke up overnight with completely blue hair. Little by little, Beatriz's secrets are revealed as the relationship between outcasts that Mel and she have built becomes a love story that will change Mel's life forever.

Symbiosis (Science fiction). At the end of the 20th century, Earth has established contact with the alien ilin race, a society of symbiotic beings that unite with a host through the brain and live sharing thoughts and food. The Ilin offer humanity a symbiosis between the two races that will be beneficial to both parties, but not all humans agree to be part of this new society.

Growing fears (Terror). Ana is a teenage girl who loves horror movies and Edgar Allan Poe's work. One day, he proposes to his friend Alba to play "The Man from the Crowd", a game inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's story that consists of defining people who pass by on the street and paying attention to someone who stands out especially. Ana detects a disturbing looking man dressed in dark, and they begin to follow in his footsteps. The girls will soon discover that the invocation of "The Man from the Crowd" always has consequences.

These 4 titles, unveiled during the Celsius de Avilés Festival, have been carefully chosen from among 449 manuscripts from different countries, mainly Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Chile and Colombia. Also from Brazil, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Puerto Rico or the USA.

The jury in charge of the selection is made up of 5 independent members with a proven CV. Is about Laura Fernandez (journalist from The country and writer), Sofia Rhei (writer), Blanca Rodríguez (President of the Spanish Science Fiction Association), Pablo Tebar (writer and screenwriter, 2017 Minotauro Award) and Roberto Jiménez (journalist from the Xataka technology portal).

The final result will not be long in coming. On September 9, during the award ceremony, the name of the winning novel will be revealed, which will receive 6,000 euros. The work will be published in October and will be officially presented during the Sitges International Film Festival.

The Minotaur Prize has been one of the publisher's highlights since 2004 and has become a cultural catalyst for genre literature. Previous titles that were raised with this recognition were Snow on Mars (Pablo Tébar), Those who dream (Elio Quiroga), Pantheon (Carlos Sisí) or Lords of Olympus (Javier Negrete), among other works of undeniable quality.

Consult previous winners of the MINOTAUR AWARD

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