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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.

CONTENTS: Anindita Banerjee: T/Racing Revolution between Red October and the Black Atlantic – Miguel García: Eugenia: Engineering New Citizens in Mexico’s Laboratory of Socialism – Antonio Cordoba: Between Moscow and Santa Clara: The Soviet-Cuban Imaginary in Agustín de Rojas’ Espiral (1980) – Carl Gelderloos: Alien Evolution and Dialectical Materialism in Eastern European Science Fiction – Sonja Fritzsche: A Natural and Artificial Homeland: East German Science Fiction Film Responds to Kubrick and Tarkovsky – Sibelan Forrester: Naming the Future in Translations of Russian and East European Science Fiction – Upamanyu Pablo Mukherjee: Ghana-da in Bandung: Race, Science, and Non-Alignment in Premendra Mitra’s Fiction – Jinyi Chu: The Afterlife of the Post-Apocalypse: Dmitry Glukhovsky in China.