Speculative Blackness: The Future of Race in Science Fiction by André M. Carrington

By André M. Carrington

In Speculative Blackness, André M. Carrington analyzes the hugely racialized style of speculative fiction—including technological know-how fiction, myth, and utopian works, besides their fan cultures—to illustrate the connection among style conventions in media and the meanings ascribed to blackness within the renowned imagination.

Carrington’s argument approximately authorship, fandom, and race in a style that has been either marginalized and celebrated bargains a black viewpoint on iconic works of technological know-how fiction. He examines the profession of actor Nichelle Nichols, who portrayed the nature Uhura within the unique Star Trek television sequence and later turned a recruiter for NASA, and the spin-off sequence Star Trek: Deep area Nine, set on an area station commanded via a black captain. He recovers a pivotal yet ignored second in Fifties technological know-how fiction fandom within which readers and writers of fanzines faced problems with race through facing a fictitious black fan author and wondering the relevance of race to his ostensible contributions to the 'zines. Carrington mines the productions of surprise comics and the black-owned comics writer Milestone Media, really the representations of black sexuality in its flagship name, Icon. He additionally interrogates on-line fan fiction approximately black British ladies in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the Harry Potter series.

all through this nuanced research, Carrington theorizes the connection among race and style in cultural construction, revealing new understandings of the importance of blackness in twentieth-century American literature and culture.

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