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Race in American Science Fiction
Noting that science fiction is characterized by an investment in the proliferation of racial difference, Isiah Lavender III argues that racial alterity is fundamental to the genre's narrative strategy. Race in American Science Fiction offers a systematic classification of ways that race appears and how it is silenced in science fiction, while developing a critical vocabula ...more
Paperback, 286 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Indiana University Press
(first published November 30th 2010)
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An important, thoroughly researched, and engaging book that takes on one of the most important branches of genre fiction and looks at how this genre, science fiction, has historically handled race and race-like issues (e.g. the treatment of post-humans like androids, cyborgs, and robots). If you've ever wanted one book that assembled a vast array of book reviews, science fiction critics, and writers on the subject of race then this is the resource I'd recommend.