Description The Black Imagination, Science Fiction and the Speculative de Sandra Jackson:
This book expands the discourse as well as the nature of critical commentary on science fiction, speculative fiction and futurism - literary and cinematic by Black writers. The range of topics include the following: black superheroes- issues and themes in selected works by Octavia Butler- selected work of Nalo Hopkinson- the utopian and dystopian impulse in the work of W.E. B. Du Bois and George Schuyler- Derrick Bell's Space Traders- the Star Trek Franchise- female protagonists through the lens of race and gender in the Alien and Predator film franchises- science fiction in the Caribbean Diaspora- commentary on select African films regarding near-future narratives- as well as a science fiction/speculative literature writer's discussion of why she writes and how. This book was published as a special issue of African Identities: An International Journal.
Sandra Jackson is a Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at DePaul University. Julie Moody-Freeman is an Associate Professor of African and Black Diaspora Studies at DePaul University.