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Super extra

Satirical and hilarious, the novel is a treatise on chauvinism and orthodoxy . Intransigence and jingoism rule the day until our eight foot tall half Quick and fun, Super Extra Grande details an adventure of a veterinary biologist in the space age future, one who specializes in truly mammoth megafauna. Conversing in Spanglish, humans are but one of seven “intelligent ” species who have achieved interstellar travel without the concurrent advances in culture or ethics. Just imagine the hijinks!

Hilarious: Make no mistake: this is a funny, funny novel. The obligatory comparison to Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is especially warranted here, as Super Extra Grande approaches humor with the same bombastic, rapid-fire insanity perfected by Douglas Adams. Super Extra Grande is a unique postmodern take on traditional science fiction tropes, in which a giant veterinarian delves into an enormous amoeba to rescue two beautiful women, making an enormous amount of puns along the way.
Hilarious: Make no mistake: this is a funny, funny novel. The obligatory comparison to Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is especially warranted here, as Super Extra Grande approaches humor with the same bombastic, rapid-fire insanity perfected by Douglas Adams. (Though unlike the original Hitchhiker, Super Extra Grande can get very risqué.) Importantly, it also doesn’t seem to take itself too seriously, particularly regarding the portrayal of the main character, who we’ll elaborate on more in the ‘weaknesses’ section. Though the novel does make its view of the world very clear, I never felt like I was being preached to, a trap that much of modern satire falls into.

The lead character is a space veternarian. It’s witty sure, but in a juvenile way.
Rating: 4.5* of five, rounded up because reasons
“A gifted and daring writer.”
—David Iaconangelo
Quick and fun, Super Extra Grande details an adventure of a veterinary biologist in the space age future, one who specializes in truly mammoth megafauna. Conversing in Spanglish, humans are but one of seven “intelligent ” species who have achieved interstellar travel without the concurrent advances in culture or ethics. Just imagine the hijinks!
Weird Length: Speaking of the length, one hundred and fifty pages is… unusual, to say the least, especially because Super Extra Grande has so much to say. If some of the fat was trimmed off, Super Extra Grande would have been an excellent novella, and if some of the sparser sections were fleshed out, it would have been able to tie together all of these ideas together more coherently. As it is, none of the satirical elements get quite enough focus, which is a real shame.

This book is a new Cuban import, written by Yoss, considered one of the foremost Cuban science fiction authors. He’s written over 20 books, many highly regarded. One look at the author picture provided, and you can see he is larger than life himself. “He looks like a heavy metal singer,” I thought. And Bingo! He also heads up a pretty rocking heavy metal band. (YouTube has everything)

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Yoss’s latest novel Super Extra Grande is a work of welcome imagination, steeped in science and imbued with satire and philosophy. Translated by David Frye, it centers on the life and times of Dr. Jan Amos Sangan Dongo, the self-described “Veterinarian to the Giants.”

“Science fiction,” says the novelist José Miguel Sánchez Gómez, who goes by the pen name Yoss, “is the only literature today capable of capturing not only the decisions we’re making in the present, but also the consequences these decisions can have on our future.”
Not unlike his main character, it’s evident that Yoss — as an artist and cultural anthropologist — is intent on doing the dirty work, on digging through the ugly insides of human identity in order to arrive at something pure and lasting. I kept imagining the novel causing a stir during the peak of Fidel Castro’s reign, the dictator pacing like mad and shouting “Que locura!” at the mention of multisex species and atomic fusion. But Yoss seems more concerned with looking ahead. And in Super Extra Grande, he reconfirms that a future without a literature of the future is really no future at all.

I kept imagining the novel causing a stir during the peak of Fidel Castro’s reign, the dictator pacing like mad and shouting “Que locura!” at the mention of multisex species and atomic fusion.
But Yoss’s cosmos isn’t just the human race’s own private playground — “a handful of other intelligent races were already nosing around out there.” Sangan Dongo’s job is to study and operate on an array of intergalactic species of varying shapes, sizes, and temperaments — from the 20-meter-wide crustaceans known as Grendels to sea worms and massive eyeless and earless amoebas from the planet Brobdingnag. Luckily, the doctor, a human, is quite large himself at just under eight feet tall; what his parents once saw as a partial handicap ends up working in his favor.
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But when a giant amoeba accidentally swallows two of his former assistants, the human Enti and the Cetian An-Mhaly ( who both happen to love him), Sangan Dongo must rise to the occasion. He knows he’s the only one capable of safely making his way into the creature’s nearly two hundred kilometer wide innards. His rescue mission is a necessary but risky one, as the slightest mistake or miscalculation could bring about the total annihilation of the two prized prisoners. What follows is a hilarious ride that carries captivating political undertones.
Over the last few years, Cuban sci-fi has received some overdue attention stateside — due in part to the historic changes slowly taking shape in the island nation. From the works of Augustín de Rojas, the late biologist long considered the father of Cuban sci-fi, to Yoss — who now carries the torch passed down from de Rojas — there is much to discover.

Paperback, 156 pages |

In Super Extra Grande, Cuban sci-fi author Yoss imagines a world where faster-than-light travel has brought humanity into contact with a vast array of strange and marvelous intergalactic creatures.