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Africa as Science Fiction

Since Sun Ra descended in a breast-shaped Ark to recruit Americans for his planetary Afrotopia, science fiction has played a significant role in representations of African life. The original past…..

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"District 9" and the Nigerians

Online comment to New York Press on a film review of “District 9,” the sci-fi movie about aliens landing in Johannesburg: As a young Afrikaans South African with a fondness…..

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Nigerian-born, Brooklyn writer, Teju Cole, writing in Nigeria’s NEXT newspaper: Even making allowances for the fact that [District 9] is a fable, with strong elements of satire and allegory, the…..

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Weekend Links

So as usual, a bunch of links–new as well as ones–that have piled up in my bookmarks folder. First, some good news: a Sudanese court only fined–but did not flog–Lubna…..

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Aliens in Johannesburg

You can’t miss the posters for “District 9” plastered all over Manhattan. The film opens worldwide in cinemas tomorrow. ¬†From the film’s website, its marketing budget and media coverage, this…..