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    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of CoFuturisms delivers a new, inclusive examination of science fiction, from close analyses of single texts to large-scale movements, providing readers with decolonized models of the future, including print, media, race, gender, and social justice.

    This comprehensive overview of the field explores representations of possible futures arising from non-Western cultures and ethnic histories that disrupt the “imperial gaze”. In four parts, The Routledge Handbook of CoFuturisms considers the look of futures from the margins, foregrounding the issues of Indigenous groups, racial, ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities, and any people whose stakes in the global order of envisioning futures are generally constrained due to the mechanics of our contemporary world.

    The book extends current discussions in the area, looking at cutting-edge developments in the discipline of science fiction and diverse futurisms as a whole. Offering a dynamic mix of approaches and expansive perspectives, this volume will appeal to academics and researchers seeking to orient their own interventions into broader contexts.

    Introduction to CoFuturisms

    Taryne Jade Taylor

    Part I

    Indigenous Futurisms


      • The Future Imaginary

      Jason Edward Lewis

      • ‘Lands of Chemical Death’: Toxic Survivance in Bunky Echo-Hawk’s ‘Gas Masks as Medicine’ and Misha’s Red Spider White Web

      Stina Attebery

      • Water, Fire, Earth: Darcie Little Badger’s "Ku Ko Né Ä" Series

      Kristina Andrea Baudemann

      • Contact, Rationalism, and Indigenous Queer Natures in Ellen Van Neerven’s "Water"

      Arlie Alizzi

      • Wayfinding Pasifikafuturism: An Indigenous Science Fiction Vision of the Ocean in Space

      Gina Cole

      • Creating Collaborative Digital Poetic Worlds in the Video Poetry of Heid Erdrich and Kathy Jetñil-Kiijiner

      Kasey Jones-Matrona

      • Indigenous Young Adult Dystopias

      Graham J. Murphy

      • Centering Two-Spirit and Indigiqueer Futurisms

      Channette Romero

      • Blackfella Futurism: Speculative Fiction Grounded in Grassroots Sovereignty Politics

      Mykaela Saunders

      • Anthologizing the Indigenous Environmental Imaginary: Moonshot Volume 3 and Ecocritical Futurisms

      Conrad Scott

      • Speculative Landscapes of Contemporary North American Indigenous Fiction

      Julia Siepak

      • Russell Bates (Kiowa): Eco-SF and Indigenous Futurisms

      Patrick Sharp

      • Welcome to the World of Tomorrow: Terrestrial Sovereignty and Decolonial Apocalypse in Indigenous Futurist Writing

      Anne Stewart

      • Coding Potawatomi Cosmologies: Elements of Bodwéwadmi Futurisms

      Blaire Morseau

      • (Re)writing and (Re)beading: Understanding Indigenous Women’s Roles in the

      Creation of Indigenous Futurisms

      Emily C. Van Alst

      • Okinawa Q (an Uckinanchu Futurism): Okinawans Rectify the Unbalanced View of Nature Through Tokusatsu Television and Film

      Kenrick H. Kamiya-Yoshida

      Part II

      Latinx Futurisms


      • The Economic Migrant and the Specter of Permanence in Why Cybraceros?The Rag Doll Plagues, and Walk on Water

      Catherine S. Ramírez

      • The Creative Technologists of ADÁL’s Out of Focus Nuyoricans and Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man

      Matthew David Goodwin

      • Indigenous and Western Sciences in Carlos Hernandez’s The Assimilated Cuban’s Guide to Quantum Santeria

      Joy Sanchez-Taylor

      • Conjurando poderes de existencia: Depictions of Sabidurías in the Latin American Speculative Fiction Series, Siempre Bruja

      Vanessa J. Aguilar

      • Utopic Rage: Transforming the Future Through Narratives of Black Feminine Monstrosity and Rage

      Cassandra Scherr

      • Grounding the Future – Locating Senior’s "Grung" Poetics in Tobias Buckell’s Speculative Fiction

      Jacinth Howard

      • Recursive Origins and Distributed Cognitive Assemblages in Anthony Joseph’s The African Origins of UFOs

      Liam Wilby

      • Alejandro Morales’ The Rag Doll Plagues: Chican@/Latinx Futurism – Between Intra-History and Utopia

      Daniel Schreiner

      • Prosthetic Visions, Bodily Horrors, and Decolonial Options in Madre

      Márton Árva

      • Amazofuturism, Indigenous Futurism, Afrofuturism and Sertãopunk in Brazilian Science Fiction: an Overview

      Vítor Castelõs Gama with Alan de Sá and G.G. Diniz

      • Chicanx Futurist Performances: Guillermo Gómez-Peña and the La Pocha Nostra Territorial Cartographies

      Eduardo Barros-Grela

      • Crossing Merfolk: mermaids and the Middle Passage in African Diasporic Culture

      Jalondra A. Davis

      • Brazilian Afrofuturism as a Social Technology

      Patrick Brock

      • Notes Towards Chicanafuturity / Dispatches from Northern Aztlán

      Lysa Rivera

      • Toward a Mexican American Futurism

      David Bowles

      • Some Kind of Tomorrow

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      Part III

      Asian, Middle East, and Other Futurisms




      Let a hundred sinofuturisms bloom

      Virginia L. Conn and Gabriele de Seta

      • A Daoist Reading of Hao Jingfang’s Vagabonds

      Regina Kanyu Wang

      • "In the future, no one is completely human": Posthuman Poetics in Sun Yung Shin’s Unbearable Splendor and Franny Choi’s Soft Science

      Claire Stanford

      • The New Gods: Merging the Ancient and the Contemporary of Egypt

      Omar Houssien and Srđan Tunić

      • For Different Tomorrows: Speculative Analogy, Korean Futurisms, and Yoon Ha Lee’s "Ghostweight"

      Stephen Hong Sohn

      • Speculating Superintelligent Machines in the Indian Cyberculture

      Goutam Karmakar and Somasree Sarkar

      • Invasian, Takeover, and Disappearance: Post-Cold War Fear in Hong Kong SAR Sci-Fi Film

      Kenny K. K. Ng

      • Confucius No Say: Sino-Fi Fiction, Film, and Period Drama

      Sheng-mei Ma

      • From Sexual Desire to Personal Freedom: The Portrayal of Women and Their Rights in Chen Quifan’s "G Stands for Goddess"

      Frederike Schneider-Vielsäcker

      • Rendezvous with Rama (Rajya): The Golden Past and the Antekaal Thesis in India’s Anglophone Science Fiction

      Sami Ahmad Khan

      • Restart the Play: On Cyclicality and the Indian Woman in the Theatrical Future of C Sharp, C Blunt

      Sheetala Bhat

      • Speculative Hong Kong: Silky Potentials of a Living Science Fiction

      Euan Auld and Casper Bruun Jensen

      • Sophia Al-Maria, Gulf Futurism, and Architectural Temporalities

      Shadya Radhi

      Part IV

      African and African American Futurisms

      • Waste Time: Bodily Fluids and Afrofuturity

      Sofia Samatar

      • Genres of Resistance toward Revolution beyond the Human in Boots Riley’s Sorry to Bother You

      Rhya Moffitt

      • Transformative Cyborgs: Unsettling Humanity in Nnedi Okorafor’s BintiThe Book of Phoenix, and Lagoon

      Alyssa D. Collins

      • The African Roots of Nnedi Okorafor’s Aliens and Cyborgs

      Dustin Crowley

      • Futurism(s) and Futuristic Themes in Modern African Poetry

      Dike Okoro

      • "They Say I’m Hopeless": Jane McKeene Talks Back as Black Girls Do—Interlocking Oppressions and Justina Ireland’s Dread Nation

      Damaris C. Dunn

      • "the strength of no separation": A Poethics of Inseparability After the End of the World

      Jess A. Goldberg

      • Africanfuturism as Decolonial Dreamwork and Developmental Rebellion"

      Jenna N. Hanchey

      • "But I’m right here": The Curious Case of Killmonger and the Failures of Utopian Desire in Marvel’s Black Panther

      Jasmine Moore

      • Coming Together, "Free, Whole, Decolonized": Reading Black Feminisms in Tochi Onyebuchi’s Riot Baby

      P. Alexander Miles

      • Engaging Second-Person Present – Metafiction and Stereotypes in Violet Allen’s "The Venus Effect"

      Päivi Väätänen

      • "Can You Feel It": Michael Jackson, Afrofuturism, and Building the Jacksonverse Natasha Bailey-Walker

      • Afrofuturistic Storytelling in Barracoon and Their Eyes Were Watching God"

      Piper Kendrix Williams

      • The Middle Passage to the Anthropocene: Eco-Humanist Futures in Black Women’s Poetry

      Marta Werbanowska


      Taryne Jade Taylor is Advanced Assistant Professor of Science Fiction at Florida Atlantic University. Her research focuses on the politics of representation in speculative fiction, particularly feminist science fiction and diasporic Latinx Futurisms. She firmly believes science fiction and fantasy build paths to a better, inclusive future, which is why her research focuses on diversity, inclusion, and justice as presented in the secondary worlds of the fantastic.

      Isiah Lavender III is Sterling-Goodman Professor of English at the University of Georgia, where he researches and teaches courses in African American literature and science fiction. He is the author/editor of six books, including Afrofuturism Rising: The Literary Prehistory of a Movement (2019) and the interview collection Conversations with Nalo Hopkinson (2023). He is currently completing the first draft of Future Pasts: Race and Speculative Fictions. Finally, he edits for Extrapolation.

      Grace L. Dillon (Anishinaabe) is Professor in the Indigenous Nations Studies Program at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate course on a range of interests including Native American and Indigenous studies, science fiction, Indigenous cinema, popular culture, race and social justice, and early modern literature. She is the editor of Walking the Clouds: An Anthology of Indigenous Science Fiction (2012) and Hive of Dreams: Contemporary Science Fiction from the Pacific Northwest (2003).

      Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay is Associate Professor in Global Culture Studies at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages at the University of Oslo. He is Principal Investigator of the European Research Council project “CoFutures: Pathways to Possible Presents” as well as Principal Investigator of the Norwegian Research Council project “Science Fictionality” in addition to running the Holodeck, a state-of-the-art Games Research Lab at the University of Oslo.

      "At the college or university level, The Routledge Handbook of CoFuturisms is a standalone text excellent for a Directed Study proposal of CoFuturisms at any undergraduate or graduate level as well as an extraordinarily appropriate text for World Literature or other intercultural and international studies... [the] entire Handbook may be considered a tool for sociopolitical as well as academic revolutionary thought, a disruption of disempowering assumptions and Eurocentric historicisms to suggest, implant and nurture the potential for transformative self-empowerment and culturally sensitive revolutionary thought."

      --Alexis Brooks de Vita, Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts