So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction & Fantasy is an anthology of original new stories by leading African, Asian, South Asian and Aboriginal authors, as well as North American and British writers of color.
Stories of imagined futures abound in Western writing. Writer and editor Nalo Hopkinson notes that the science fiction/fantasy genre “speaks so much about the experience of being alienated but contains so little writing by alienated people themselves.” It’s an oversight that Hopkinson and Mehan aim to correct with this anthology.
The book depicts imagined futures from the perspectives of writers associated with what might loosely be termed the “third world.” It includes stories that are bold, imaginative, edgy; stories that are centered in the worlds of the “developing” nations; stories that dare to dream what we might develop into.
The wealth of postcolonial literature has included many who have written insightfully about their pasts and presents. With So Long Been Dreaming they creatively address their futures.
Contributors include: Opal Palmer Adisa, Tobias Buckell, Wayde Compton, Hiromi Goto, Andrea Hairston, Tamai Kobayashi, Karin Lowachee, devorah major, Carole McDonnell, Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu, Eden Robinson, Nisi Shawl, Vandana Singh, Sheree Renée Thomas and Greg Van Eekhout.
Table of contents:
Nisi Shawl, Deep End
Andrea Hairston, Griots of the Galaxy
Suzette Mayr, Toot Sweet Matricia
Larissa Lai, Rachel
Eden Robinson, Terminal Avenue
Nnedi Okorafor, When Scarabs Multiply
Vandana Singh, Delhi
Tamai Kobayashi, Panopte’s Eye
Sheree Thomas, The Grassdreaming Tree
Wayde Compton, The Blue Road: A Fairy Tale
Karin Lowachee, The Forgotten Ones
Greg van Eekhout, Native Aliens
Celu Amberstone, Refugees
Devorah Major, Trade Winds
Carole McDonnell, Lingua Franca
Ven Begamudré, Out of Sync
Opal Palmer Adisa, The Living Roots
Maya Khankhoje, Journey Into the Vortex
Tobias S. Buckell, Necahual