Speculative Blackness


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Introduction: The Whiteness of Science Fiction and the Speculative Fiction of Blackness
1. Josh Brandon’s Blues: Inventing the Black Fan
2. Space Race Woman: Lieutenant Uhura beyond the Bridge
3. The Immortal Storm: Permutations of Race in Marvel Comics
4. Controversy and Crossover in Milestone Media’s Icon
5. The Golden Ghetto and the Glittering Parentheses: The Once and Future Benjamin Sisko
6. Dreaming in Color: Racial Revisions in Fan Fiction

About the Author

André M. Carrington is assistant professor of English at Drexel University.


"André M. Carrington takes readers on a voyage that beautifully maps gendered and sexualized articulations of Blackness across different speculative genres and media... Speculative Blackness is a wonderful book that makes indispensable contributions to Black studies, literary studies, studies science fiction fan fiction and fandom, and Afrofuturism."—Alexander G. Weheliye, Northwestern University

"An excellent exploration of blackness in sci-fi."—PopMatters"This is required reading for those interested in popular culture’s role in constructing social identity."—CHOICE"Speculative Blackness convincingly persuades that speculative fiction is an ideal space to explore the boundaries of blackness, and to consider new ways of thinking about the way blackness as a category is constructed and produced."—Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society"Speculative Blackness makes an important contribution to ongoing conversations (both in the academy and in fan culture) about race and science fiction."—African American Review"A telling and thoughtful contribution to discussions of blackness in science fiction, fantasy, utopia, and horror important to cultural production across a variety of media, including fandom, television, film, comics, and literature."—Science Fiction Studies"This book is an intriguing examination of and hopeful outlook on the history of blackness and science fiction and a highly recommended read for scholars in film and race relations."—Film Matters

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