By André M. Carrington
In Speculative Blackness, André M. Carrington analyzes the hugely racialized style of speculative fiction—including technological know-how fiction, delusion, and utopian works, besides their fan cultures—to illustrate the connection among style conventions in media and the meanings ascribed to blackness within the renowned imagination.
Carrington’s argument approximately authorship, fandom, and race in a style that has been either marginalized and celebrated bargains a black viewpoint on iconic works of technology fiction. He examines the profession of actor Nichelle Nichols, who portrayed the nature Uhura within the unique Star Trek television sequence and later turned a recruiter for NASA, and the spin-off sequence Star Trek: Deep area Nine, set on an area station commanded by means of a black captain. He recovers a pivotal yet missed second in Nineteen Fifties technological know-how fiction fandom during which readers and writers of fanzines faced problems with race by means of facing a fictitious black fan author and wondering the relevance of race to his ostensible contributions to the 'zines. Carrington mines the productions of wonder comics and the black-owned comics writer Milestone Media, rather the representations of black sexuality in its flagship name, Icon. He additionally interrogates on-line fan fiction approximately black British girls in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the Harry Potter series.
all through this nuanced research, Carrington theorizes the connection among race and style in cultural creation, revealing new understandings of the importance of blackness in twentieth-century American literature and culture.
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