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Black and Brown Planets embarks on a timely exploration of the American obsession with color in its look at the sometimes contrary intersections of politics and race in science fiction. The contributors, including De Witt D. Kilgore, Edward James, Lisa Yaszek, and Marleen S. Barr, among others, explore science fiction worlds of possibility (literature, television, and film), lifting blacks, Latin Americans, and indigenous peoples out from the background of this historically white genre.

This collection considers the role of race and ethnicity in our visions of the future. The first section emphasizes the political elements of black identity portrayed in science fiction from black America to the vast reaches of interstellar space framed by racial history. In the next section, analysis of indigenous science fiction addresses the effects of colonization, helps discard the emotional and psychological baggage carried from its impact, and recovers ancestral traditions in order to adapt in a post-Native-apocalyptic world. Likewise, this section explores the affinity between science fiction and subjectivity in Latin American cultures from the role of science and industrialization to the effects of being in and moving between two cultures. By infusing more color in this otherwise monochrome genre, Black and Brown Planets imagines alternate racial galaxies with viable political futures in which people of color determine human destiny.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-2
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  1. Introduction: Coloring Science Fiction
  2. Isiah Lavender III
  3. pp. 3-12
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  1. PART ONE: Black Planets
  2. pp. 13-14
  1. The Bannekerade: Genius, Madness, and Magic in Black Science Fiction
  2. Lisa Yaszek
  3. pp. 15-30
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  1. “The Best Is Yet to Come”; or, Saving the Future: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as Reform Astrofuturism
  2. De Witt Douglas Kilgore
  3. pp. 31-47
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  1. Far beyond the Star Pit: Samuel R. Delany
  2. Gerry Canavan
  3. pp. 48-64
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  1. Digging Deep: Ailments of Difference in Octavia Butler’s “The Evening and the Morning and the Night”
  2. Isiah Lavender III
  3. pp. 65-82
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  1. The Laugh of Anansi: Why Science Fiction Is Pertinent to Black Children’s Literature Pedagogy
  2. Marleen S. Barr
  3. pp. 83-98
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  1. PART TWO: Brown Planets
  2. pp. 99-100
  1. Haint Stories Rooted in Conjure Science: Indigenous Scientific Literacies in Andrea Hairston’s Redwood and Wildfire
  2. Grace L. Dillon (Anishinaabe)
  3. pp. 101-116
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  1. Questing for an Indigenous Future: Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony as Indigenous Science Fiction
  2. Patrick B. Sharp
  3. pp. 117-130
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  1. Monteiro Lobato’s O Presidente Negro (The Black President): Eugenics and the Corporate State in Brazil
  2. M. Elizabeth Ginway
  3. pp. 131-145
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  1. Mestizaje and Heterotopia in Ernest Hogan’s High Aztech
  2. Lysa M. Rivera
  3. pp. 146-162
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  1. Virtual Reality at the Border of Migration, Race, and Labor
  2. Matthew Goodwin
  3. pp. 163-176
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  1. A Dis-(Orient)ation: Race, Technoscience, and The Windup Girl
  2. pp. 177-194
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  1. Reflections on “Yellow, Black, Metal, and Tentacled,” Twenty-Four Years On
  2. Edward James
  3. pp. 195-198
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  1. Yellow, Black, Metal, and Tentacled: The Race Question in American Science Fiction
  2. Edward James
  3. pp. 199-222
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  1. CODA
  2. pp. 223-224
  1. “The Wild Unicorn Herd Check-In”: The Politics of Race in Science Fiction Fandom
  2. Robin Anne Reid
  3. pp. 225-240
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 241-244
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 245-250
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781626740686
Related ISBN
9781628461237
MARC Record
OCLC
892911046
Pages
256
Launched on MUSE
2014-10-16
Language
English
Open Access
No
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