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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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COMMENT: DISTRICT 9 AND THE NIGERIANS

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…..