“Black to the Future”


Black to the future was/is a radical, dangerous, and daring dream—an impossibility. Science fiction and fantasy (sf&f) is a rehearsal of the impossible, an ideal realm for redefinition and reinvention. For Africans and their descendants in the diaspora, decolonizing our mind/body/spirits was/is an on-going sf&f project.

In a stellar essay for the LA Review of Books, Andrea Hairston discusses the many-splendored tradition of sci-fi literature written by Africans and members of the African diaspora.

In particular, she looks at an issue of academic journal Paradoxa focused on the subject. If the “challenging and accessible” essays in it are anything like Hairston’s, we want to read them all.

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →