Race In American Science Fiction

Paperback | February 8, 2011

byIsiah Lavender

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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.

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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...

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

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:286 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.85 inPublished:February 8, 2011Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253222591

ISBN - 13:9780253222596

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Mapping the Blackground
1. Racing Science Fiction
2. Meta-slavery
3. Jim Crow Extrapolations
4. Ailments of Race
5. Ethnoscapes
6. Technologically Derived Ethnicities
Epilogue: Science Fictioning Race

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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