Black and Brown Planets: The Politics of Race in Science Fiction by Isiah LavenderBlack and Brown Planets: The Politics of Race in Science Fiction by Isiah Lavender

Black and Brown Planets: The Politics of Race in Science Fiction

EditorIsiah Lavender

Paperback | February 2, 2016

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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.

Isiah Lavender III, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is associate professor of English at Louisiana State University. He is author of Race in American Science Fiction and editor of Black and Brown Planets: The Politics of Race in Science Fiction, published by University Press of Mississippi.
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Title:Black and Brown Planets: The Politics of Race in Science FictionFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:264 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.59 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 0.59 inPublished:February 2, 2016Publisher:University Press of MississippiLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1496807758

ISBN - 13:9781496807755

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"From Isiah Lavender's powerful introduction in which he recounts his first memories of racial otherness and of being the target of racism to Robin Anne Reid's pioneering coda in which she brings to SF fan studies the analytical tools of computational linguistics in the service of constructing a social ontology of race, with a dozen fine essays in between, Black and Brown Planets significantly expands and intensifies our understanding of the ways in which 'the literature of the future' has sometimes earnestly grappled with, sometimes simply erased, and sometimes blithely ignored issues of race. The essays in this collection extend the color line studied in Lavender's Race in American Science Fiction to global color lines, including those involving indigenous peoples in America, Brazil, Mexico, and Thailand, always with an eye toward ways in which race and ethnicity figure in the construction of SF societies."--Brooks Landon, Herman J. and Eileen S. Schmidt Professor at the University of Iowa - UPM