Ruins and Futurity

Tagged: Theme

Ruins do not necessarily precede Futurity; a ruined structure may be nothing more than a structure that has fallen into ruins, with no message to draw about the world we live in or of things to come. But from time immemorial a Ruin has also been understood as a ruined structure, or an edifice constructed in the shape of a Ruin, that is meant to be contemplated. For millennia Ruins have served to make political points; or more interestingly as emblems of vanitas, often as signs of humanity's decay from the time of the gods, when there were giants in the earth; or in more recent times as dramatic backdrop for some time-honoured human drama, for instance the erotic tangles narrated in Hypneroto...

Okorafor, Nnedi

Tagged: Author

Working name of US academic author Nnedimma Okorafor-Mbachu (1974-    ),  whose Igbo parents had emigrated to America in 1969 but from her early childhood often returned with her to Nigeria, a complex upbringing reflected throughout her writing career; she began to publish work of genre interest with "The Palm Tree Bandit", in Strange Horizons for 11 December 2000; she has also published as Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu. From the first, her work has interwoven traditional sf topoi with African story-modes, in what might be described as a series of explorations in lateral Equipoise, where genres do not mate within a culture, but across borders. Her various presentations of dichotomies between the imp...

Kent, Brad

Tagged: Author | House name

A House Name used on four routine sf adventures published by Curtis Warren, three by Denis Hughes and Out of the Silent Places (1952) by Maurice G Hugi. [JC/DRL]"Brad Kent"works Listed in alphabetical order of true author: Biology "A" (London: Curtis Warren, 1952) by Denis Hughes [pb/Gordon C Davies] The Fatal Law (London: Curtis Warren, 1952) by Denis Hughes [pb/Ray Theobald] Catalyst (London: Curtis Warren, 1952) by Denis Hughes [pb/Ray Theobald] Out of the Silent Places (London: Curtis Warren, 1952) by Maurice G Hugi [pb/Gordon C Davies]links...

Black African SF

Tagged: International

Only a small amount of sf is published in the Black African nations. What follows is more a sampler than a full survey, since very few researchers have even looked at the topic. One reason for the paucity of Black African sf may be a widespread cultural disinclination to accept the premises of Western science in the first place. In the words of the critic Kwame Anthony Appiah, quoted in Brenda Cooper's Magical Realism in West African Fiction: Seeing with a Third Eye (1998): Most Africans cannot fully accept those scientific theories in the West that are inconsistent with [beliefs in invisible agents]. If modernization is conceived of in part as the acceptance of science, we have to decide w...

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