Espinoza Benavides

‘Leo’ is a Chilean physician-writer & editor specialized in science fiction. As a doctor, he is a specialist in dermatology and venereology. As a writer, he is best known for his short story cycle “Más espacio del que soñamos” (2018), set for a cinematographic adaptation by filmmaker Jorge Zavala, and “Adiós, loxonauta” (2020), recognized as a ‘book worth your consideration’ by the International Latino Book Awards. He’s currently serving as director of the Chilean SF&F Association (ALCIFF) and is an associate member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), as well as an organizer at the international science fiction convention FUTURE·CON.

From 2008 to date, his short stories have been published in Chile, Argentina, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, Cuba, Mexico, Spain, and the United States. Publishers Weekly highlighted his story “Octobers/October,” anthologized by Crystal Huff, calling it ‘vivid’ and rooted in Chilean history. As an editor, he works at Sietch Ediciones and has overseen the SF anthologies “COVID-19-CFCh” & “Pacífica”.

He has also studied General Astronomy at the Andrés Bello University and is a member of the Multidisciplinary Association for Studies in Biology and Astrobiology (AMEBA). He currently lives in Santiago de Chile with his wife Daniele and their little dog Hulky.