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

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