Iván Fernando Rodrigo Mendizábal earned his doctorate in Latin American Literature from the Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar in Ecuador. He is currently director of the Master's Program in Digital Communication at the Universidad de Los Hemisferios as well as a visiting professor at the graduate program in Communication at the Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar. His published books include, among others, Análisis del discurso social y político (co-authored with Teun van Dijk), Cartografías de la comunicación (2002), and Máquinas de pensar: videojuegos, representaciones y simulaciones del poder (2004). He is a specialist in science fiction, and a collaborator in the American journal Amazing Stories. He has curated the website Ciencia ficción en Ecuador since 2013.