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So long been dreaming : postcolonial science fiction & fantasy
Mehan, Uppinder, 1961-
Publication Information:
Vancouver : Arsenal Pulp Press, 2004.
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270 pages ; 23 cm
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PN6071.S33 S6 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction & Fantasy is an anthology of original new stories by leading African, Asian, South Asian, and Aboriginal authors, as well as North American and British writers of colour.

Stories of imagined futures abound in Western writing. Writer and editor Nalo Hopkinson notes that the science fiction/fantasy genre "speaks so much about the experience of being alienated, but contains so little writing by alienated people themselves." It's an oversight that Hopkinson and Mehan aim to correct with this anthology.

The book depicts imagined futures from the perspectives of writers associated with what might loosely be termed the "third world." It includes stories that are bold, imaginative, edgy; stories that are centred in the worlds of the "developing" nations; stories that dare to dream what we might develop into.

The wealth of postcolonial literature has included many who have written insightfully about their pasts and presents. With So Long Been Dreaming they creatively address their futures.

With an introduction by Hugo and Nebula Award-winner Samuel R. Delany.

Contributors to So Long Been Dreaming are Opal Palmer Adisa, Celu Amberstone, Ven Begamudre, Tobias S. Buckell, Wayde Compton, Andrea Hairston, Maya Khankhoje, Tamai Kobayashi, Larissa Lai, Karin Lowachee, devorah major, Suzette Mayr, Carole McDonnell, Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu, Eden Robinson, Nisi Shawl, Vandana Singh, Sheree R. Thomas, and Greg van Eekhout.

Author Notes

Nalo Hopkinson is the internationally-acclaimed author of Brown Girl in the Ring, Skin Folk, and Salt Roads. Her books have been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, Tiptree, and Philip K. Dick Awards; Skin Folk won a World Fantasy Award and the Sunburst Award. Born in Jamaica, Nalo moved to Canada when she was sixteen. She lives in Toronto. Uppinder is a scholar of science fiction and postcolonial literature. A South Asian Canadian he currently lives in Boston, and teaches at Emerson College. Author of The Einstein Intersection, Nova, and Dhalgren.

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Booklist Review

Lest postcolonial in the subtitle intimidate, let it be noted that this is a strong anthology that, regardless of thematic concern, showcases authors with some real experience of colonization from all over the world. Given that so much sf is concerned with encounters with the other or alien intending domination, the genre and colonialism are, of course, not strangers. The book's five sections are The Body, the last of whose contents, Larissa Lai's fascinating Rachel, glimpses a readily familiar character; Future Earth, including Vandana Singh's Delhi, in which one Aseem is unstuck in the city's timestream; Allegory, which features a particularly chilling and timely presentation of enforced otherness in Wayde Compton's The Blue Road: A Fairy Tale ; Encounters with the Alien, in which Greg van Eekhout's Native Aliens questions the nature of being alien; and Re-imagining the Past, with Tobias S. Buckell's Necahual, about a soldier in a liberation army more concerned with making a pure-human society than with living with the no longer purely human and the natives of colonized planets. --Regina Schroeder Copyright 2004 Booklist