Roberto Quesada Soto

Dē locūtiōnibus miscellānīs: conversiōnēs scriptūraeque

About Me

Cōgitō ergō quaerō. Quaerō ergō legō. Legō ergō sum[1]. I am an avid reader, an autonomous translator, and a fiction and non-fiction writer. As I mentioned in the homepage, my native language is Spanish, as I am Costa Rican, and I have bilingual fluency in English, both spoken and written. You can contact me in order to coordinate conversations and for subsequent collaboration.

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My favourite literary genre is science fiction[4], of great importance to me, followed by fantasy. I like the science fantasy hybrids that are possible on a spectrum between them. I also enjoy historical fiction and magical realism. In addition to narrative fiction, I have a fundamental interest in history and philosophy.

I have work experience as a consecutive interpreter (EN<>ES) in the medical field, in which I was a communication link between native anglophone health professionals and their native hispanophone patients. Before that, I worked in information technology. In that area, of particular interest was infrastructure incident management. Said function also comprised being a communication link between diverse technical departments, as well as technical writing (mostly in English) for the required summary reports.

There is a cherished fertile ground: the “leaf-mould of the mind”, in Tolkien's words, whose fruits I gradually reap. My writings originate from short creative burts (whether about fictional or non-fictional matters) that I have been progressively producing. The pertinent contents of this website are not shown according to their date of authorship. Furthermore, my original work is both in Spanish and in English, with the corresponding translations (the site itself included). Every instance of imaginative writing is an enriching and enjoyable endeavour.


1. Based on Descartes's famous quote, cōgitō ergō sum (“I think, therefore I am”), my personal and partially humorous adaptation means: “I think, therefore I seek. I seek, therefore I read. I read, therefore I am.”[↑]

2. I also have a public Telegram channel, which, sharing a similarity with this website, is an archive of textual excerpts, as well as of certain links. However, it is only in English. I named it RQS Archive.[↑]

3. My Mastodon profile contains a lot of the same as the Telegram channel.[↑]

4. I include both genre science fiction as well as science fiction sensu stricto, by which I refer to something more congruent with Darko Suvin and his Metamorphoses of Science Fiction: On the Poetics and History of a Literary Genre (1979, rev. 2016). I recommend reading the article “Definitions of SF” in the excellent The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, eds John Clute and David Langford (4th edn, 2021).[↑]


My thanks to Divya Ranjan for his guidance on HTML, GNU/Linux, Sourcehut Pages (where this website is hosted) and GitHub Pages, among other information technology matters.

I thank writers Forrest Cameranesi and Herries Anderton, for the opportunity to bring their respective works into Spanish.

The CSS featured here is my customized version of awsm.css, created by Igor Adamenko. Previously I was using my version of Simple.css, by Kev Quirk. They are both classless and this website is written in semantic HTML.

A List of Fiction

I made a list of works of fiction that I have read, am reading or plan on doing so. It focuses on science fiction and fantasy.

Concerning Free (Libre) and Open Source Software

Though I am not a software developer or other kind of information technology specialist, it behoves me to indicate that I support free (libre)[1][2] and open source[3] software (FOSS[4]). It is due to this advocacy (deficient and growing at it is) that I use the tools and services I have selected for several functions, in accordance with my necessities and within my possibilities. In order to avoid saturating this section with a list of hyperlinks, I recommend you consult my GitHub profile to view the programs and developers I follow there. Naturally, I also recommend the famous Arch Linux wiki, a trove of information.