Race in Science Fiction

Lecture

This is the lecture “Race in Science Fiction” by Prof. Dr. Lisa Yaszek (Georgia Institute of Technology):

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Essay

The introductory essay “Race in Science Fiction: The Case of Afrofuturism” by Prof. Dr. Lisa Yaszek is available for download here:

Yaszek, Lisa – “Race in Science Fiction: The Case of Afrofuturism”

 

Recommended Articles for Further Reading

THE ROAD TO SCIENCE FICTION, (ED. JAMES GUNN) and the WESLEYAN ANTHOLOGY OF SCIENCE FICTION (ED. ARTHUR B. EVANS ET AL.)

Both of these anthologies do not really consider questions of race and/or astrofuturism and thus this topic cannot be covered with this anthology.

Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora (2000), Ed. Sheree R. Thomas

Dark Matter: Reading the Bones (2005), Ed. Sheree R. THomas

Should you be interested in using an anthology, these two books are the go-to option for questions on astrofuturism.

ADDITIONAL READING (ASIDE FROM THE ANTHOLOGIES):

Martin Delany, “Blake or the Huts of America” (Anglo-African Magazine, 1859-62) – Online Version at University of Virigina Etext Center
W.E.B. DuBois, “The Comet,” Darkwater: Voices within the Veil (1920) – Online Version at Project Gutenberg
Charles Schuyler, “Black Internationale” and “Black Empire” (Pittsburgh Courier, 1936-38) – Excerpts are available via Google Books.
Octavia Butler, “Bloodchild,” Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, 1984 – Online Version at private page of an English teacher
Nalo Hopkinson, Midnight Robber (2000)
Steven Barnes, Lion’s Blood (2002) and Zulu Heart (2003)
Minister Faust, Coyote Kings of the Space Age Bachelor Pad (2004)
Amiri Baraka, Tales from the Out and Gone (2006)

Interesting Links

 

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Video Lecture:
Yaszek, Lisa. “Race in Science Fiction”. Video Lecture. A Virtual Introduction to Science Fiction. Ed. Lars Schmeink.
Web. 2012. <http://virtual-sf.com/?page_id=372>.
Essay:
Yaszek, Lisa. “Race in Science Fiction: The Case of Afrofuturism”. A Virtual Introduction to Science Fiction. Ed. Lars Schmeink.
Web. 2012. <http://virtual-sf.com/?page_id=372>. 1-11.
Info Page:
Yaszek, Lisa and Lars Schmeink. “Race in Science Fiction”. Web Page. A Virtual Introduction to Science Fiction. Ed. Lars Schmeink. Web.
2012. <http://virtual-sf.com/?page_id=372>.

One Response to Race in Science Fiction

  1. Lisa,

    I love this post. I thoroughly enjoyed your un-biased presentation of Afro-futurism. Afrocentric science fiction, in essence, science fiction stories based on issues dealing with African people around the world, not just in America. I look forward to your next one.

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