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Science Fiction Circuits of the South and East


Edited By Anindita Banerjee and Sonja Fritzsche

The first collection of its kind, this anthology documents a radically different geography and history of science fiction in the world. Western, specifically Anglo-American, SF is not the only hub of the global trade of alternative realities and futures. Rather it is but only one of several competing flows and circuits of distribution, contacts, influence, translation, adaptation, and collaboration, across space and time. The essays collected here focus on arguably the biggest and most influential of those competing hubs: the socialist world and its extensive cultural networks across the global South and East. Written by scholars from around the world, the chapters address the «other» transatlantic of the Caribbean, Latin America, African America, and the Soviet Union; the surprising multitude of transnational networks behind the Iron Curtain; and asymptotic and subterranean discourses across Russia, India, and China. Science Fiction Circuits of the South and East is intended for scholars, students, and fans interested in science fiction, popular culture, comparative literature, film studies, postcolonialism, techno-science, translation studies, and the literature and cultures of China, Cuba, Germany, India, Mexico, Poland, and Russia.

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We wish to thank our authors for their inspiration and expert contributions to this project, and for their time, patience, and dedication. A number of colleagues helped us out along the way. In particular, we wish to thank Mark Bould, Lisa Yazsek and Tom Moylan for their encouragement and support. Many thanks to Julie Lind and Isaac Versey-White for their help preparing the manuscript and the Department of Comparative Literature at Cornell University and the College of Arts & Letters at Michigan State University for supporting the work needed to put the book together. In addition, thanks should go to Laurel Plapp at Peter Lang Oxford for her continual support and guidance and to the two anonymous reviewers of the manuscript who made such valuable suggestions. Finally, we wish to thank our families for their patience and support when this project took time away from them.

“T/Racing Revolution between Red October and the Black Atlantic” by Anindita Banerjee was first published as “Russia’s Afrofuturism: T/Racing Revolution between the Avant-Garde and the Harlem Renaissance” in Slavic and East European Journal 61.3 (Fall 2017), pp. 467–88. The author gratefully acknowledges the permission of the journal to reprint it under the slightly modified title here.

“A Natural and Artificial Homeland: East German Science Fiction Film Responds to Kubrick and Tarkovsky” by Sonja Fritzsche first appeared in Film & History 40.2 (2010), pp. 80–101. She is appreciative that she is able to have it reprinted in...

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