Being Black in America – A Real-Life Dystopia

“Black to the Future” is an article in which Mark Dery introduces the concept of Afrofuturism as he attempts to look for science fiction that centers Black people and their stories. He begins by describing his understanding of Black science fiction.  He acknowledges that there are many black characters and, more Continue reading

Black to the Afro-Futurism

Mark Dery’s “Black to the Future” addresses the racial ignorance present in sci-fi as it’s writers routinely address social problems but can’t see race while creating aliens. Dery provides “afro-futurism” as an allegorical response to this form of sci-fi. Afro-futurism is defined as science-fiction writers considering African-American themes and issues Continue reading

Saving Face for Science Fiction

“Black to the Future” is an article that tackles Afrofuturism which is a term that focuses on African American themes and concerns and highlights them in terms of modern technoculture. The article goes on to try and figure out why there are so few African American science fiction writers even Continue reading

Hip-hop and Robots

Mark Dery’s “Black to the future” interviewed authors to explore why there is a lack of Black authors in the science fiction genre. Dery explores the cultural, historical and socioeconomic aspects of Black life to explain the disconnect between the lack of authors compared to the growing number of Black Continue reading

Post-Read: Science Fiction Discourse by Black Writers: Reshaping the Genre and Society

1. Dery’s “Black to the Future” is an essay that analyzes the question as to why so few African Americans have pursued science fiction as a genre of literary writing. The essay discusses how science fiction is a pulp genre excluded out of the American literary canon, essentially equating to Continue reading