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

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An astonishing new anthology of original stories by leading South Asian, Caribbean and African authors, as well as North American and British writers of colour. Writer and editor Hopkinson notes that the science fiction genre speaks much about the experience of being alienated, but contains so little writing by alienated people themselves'. Collected in this anthology are bold, imaginative stories centred around the imagined futures of those people who live in countries that are deemed to be 'third world', that aim to redress this imbalance.'

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