Turns out the SFF I write is pretty political? Who knew? The answer is, everybody. Everybody knew. Including me.
Art by Odera Igbokwe, from the short essay Fantasy’s Othering Fetish.
Another Sunday another Game of Thrones. In which we are reminded that dragons or not, taking the Seven Kingdoms is gonna be hard.
It’s that time of year again, Black History Month. And in 2017, we may need it more than ever.
Kicking off another year, looking back on 2016 in my writing life–and what I might hope for in 2017.
Originally written in 2013, this is the final chapter in a three-part installment on Christopher Columbus beginning with The Other Explorers and Hunting Prestor John in the End Times. This post ponders how the destruction of the Americas, and the accompanying legacies of colonialism and slavery, help shape the fears of our popular imaginings–including science fiction.
In the wake of a controversy over who the culture of an entire continent belongs to within the context of its far-flung descendants (many quite involuntarily flung at that), I revisit a set of blog posts I wrote several years ago regarding speculative fiction, world building, “appropriation” and the Africa of our imaginations. Can one appropriate the self?