Francisco Campos Coello

Francisco Campos Coello

Francisco Campos Coello was an Ecuadorian writer, historian and politician. He was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador on July 24, 1841 and died in the same city on April 25, 1916. In 1871, at the age of 30 he published the hagiographic novel Plácido, which is considered the third novel published in Ecuador. In 1893, he published in installments in the magazine El Globo Literario, his novel La receta, which is considered the first literary work of science fiction in Ecuador. The novel, divided into six chapters, tells the story of R., a man who discovers the recipe for an elixir that can make him go to sleep and wake up 100 years in the future. In this way he manages to transport himself to Guayaquil at the end of the 20th century, which had become a utopian society thanks to the implementation of the liberal ideas of its time.


  • La receta (1893)
  • Compendio histórico de Guayaquil desde su fundación hasta el año de 1820 (1894)
  • Narraciones Fantásticas (1894)
  • Viaje a Saturno (1900)
  • Tradiciones y leyendas Ecuatorianas (1911)

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