Race in American Science Fiction

Race in American Science Fiction

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Noting that science fiction is characterized by an investment in the proliferation of racial difference, Isiah Lavender III argues that racial alterity is fundamental to the genre's narrative strategy. Race in American Science Fiction offers a systematic classification of ways that race appears and how it is silenced in science fiction, while developing a critical vocabulary designed to focus attention on often-overlooked racial implications. These focused readings of science fiction contextualize race within the genre's better-known master narratives and agendas. Authors discussed include Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Philip K. Dick, and Ursula K. Le Guin, among many others.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 286 pages
  • 154.94 x 226.06 x 22.86mm | 430.91g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253222591
  • 9780253222596
  • 1,046,058

Review quote

"Critically ambitious... Isiah Lavender spurs a direct conversation about race and racism in science fiction." -De Witt Douglas Kilgore, author of Astrofuturismshow more

About Isiah Lavender

Isiah Lavender III is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Central Arkansas.show more

Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Mapping the Blackground1. Racing Science Fiction2. Meta-slavery3. Jim Crow Extrapolations4. Ailments of Race5. Ethnoscapes6. Technologically Derived EthnicitiesEpilogue: Science Fictioning RaceNotesBibliographyIndexshow more

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