This article – “Rewriting the Future: Using Science Fiction to Re-Envision Justice” – over at the blog thenerdsofcolor came up on my Facebook feed. I thought it might be of interest (especially as we’re talking about Butler’s “Speech Sounds” tomorrow). It also touches upon some of the initial discussions we’ve had around dystopian/post-apocalyptic lit thus far. An excerpt:
In her unfinished manuscript of Parable of the Trickster, the final in the Parable series, Octavia Butler wrote,
There’s nothing new
under the sun
but there are new suns.
The science fiction — or speculative fiction, fantasy, horror, magical realism, etc. — we humans create doesn’t appear out of the ether. Whether it’s Hunger Games, Harry Potter, or Star Wars, these fantastical worlds end up exploring issues like war, racism, gender oppression, power, privilege, and injustice. There is nothing new under the sun. But as Butler so deftly tells and shows us in her novels, these new suns offer us infinite new opportunities to re-envision our current world.
And then there’s this post-apocalyptic Charlie Brown and Snoopy (from over at boingboing). Just because.
See everyone tomorrow,