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Oil spills in the Niger Delta have been at the centre of both legal and literary imaginings as among the most acute examples of modern environmental degradation. In her novel Lagoon, Nnedi Okorafor responds to what Rob Nixon describes as the ‘slow violence’ inflicted by the oil industry on...
This essay considers how two comic books, Nalo Hopkinson’s House of Whispers (2018–2020) and Matthew Clarke and Nigel Lynch’s Hardears (2021), use a poetics of salvage to produce visually and textually rich speculative narratives that problematize Eurocentric versions of futurity. My argument is...
In Samit Basu’s SF novel Chosen Spirits (2020), a character offers a cosmology of power within India’s capital city: ‘Delhi has always been a city of seven walls […] You could guess you’d crashed into your wall before, when you couldn’t go further, but now the walls can be mapped and measured,...
Liu Cixin’s Three-Body trilogy has become more than a work of science fiction. The Dark Forest discourse Liu proposes in the stories has reached beyond the domain of literature, becoming a broader social and cultural phenomenon during China’s historical economic transformations. The Dark Forest...
This article explores two tales of future ruination from the collection Iraq+100 (2016): Diaa Jubaili’s ‘The Worker’ and Hassan Blasim’s ‘The Gardens of Babylon’. These stories, contained in what has been described as ‘the first anthology of science fiction to have emerged from Iraq’, imagine...
This article explores the work of South African hip-hop artist Yugen Blakrok from an Afrofuturist perspective with a distinct focus on the Gothic, using Mark Fisher’s concept of sonic hauntology. The title of her debut album, The Return of the Astro-Goth (2013), already alludes to this...
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