The Superhero Film Crash and Brazilian Speculative Fiction

Over on io9,the dismal box office performance of Green Lantern has Charlie Jane Anders asking "Is this the beginning of the end of the superhero movie boom?" For the record, I'd like to state that I raised this very point last month, well before the crash of Green Lantern and the latest X-men movie.

In unrelated but still exciting news, Orson Scott Card’s InterGalactic Medicine Show and The Elephant and Macaw Banner are hosting a contest to bring the best of Brazilian speculative fiction to the English-speaking world. Called the Hydra Competition, submissions will be accepted from eligible Brazilian authors from July 1 through August 15. Rules will be published in Portuguese on the website Universo Insônia. There is no entry fee to participate and the winner will receive a publication contract at professional rates.

I think this contest is a great idea and I can't wait to read the winning story. For complete details in English, please go here.