Translated by Bernardo Fernandez.
Rated R: Contains some Violence and Adult Themes
by José Luis Zárate
The wolves came at twilight, melted into the shadows. At first we thought they were mist coming down from the mountains—it was impossible to think that there were millions of white bodies, thousands of creatures sliding down the snow. Their voices convinced us it was them, their long, sad howls, the occasional growling and fights among them. We’ve never seen such a herd. It’s impossible to gather one on these lands. The wolves we know around here are solitary ferocious animals, always stealthy. We’ve never seen them trot into a village. They don’t run away from men out of fear, their temperament demands that they always hide—all carnivores are furtive. Once in a while they steal a sheep, a deer, some child left in the woods that surrounds us.
About the Author
José Luis Zárate Herrera is one of the most recognized and respected Mexican writers within the genre of science fiction, although he has also literary works of other genres. He has written essays, poetry, and narrative fiction, and is considered part of the late twentieth century movement in Mexican literature — noted for abandoning the prevailing nationalism in favor of more diverse and cosmopolitan themes. Zárate is one of the founding partners of the Mexican Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy and the Puebla Circle of Science Fiction and Scientific Disclosure. Both organizations are dedicated to celebrating and disseminating SFF throughout Mexico.
José Luis Zárate has won several national and international prizes, among which the Más Más Prize (1984), the Kalpa Prize (1992), the MECyF Prize (1998 and 2002) and the UPC Science Fiction Prize (2000).