Chapter 24. African American Science Fiction

  1. Gene Andrew Jarrett Associate Professor of English former Acting Director
  1. Jeffrey Allen Tucker Associate Professor former Director

Published Online: 30 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444323474.ch24

A Companion to African American Literature

A Companion to African American Literature

How to Cite

Tucker, J. A. (2010) African American Science Fiction, in A Companion to African American Literature (ed G. A. Jarrett), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444323474.ch24

Editor Information

  1. Boston University, England

Author Information

  1. University of Rochester, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 9 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405188623

Online ISBN: 9781444323474



  • African American Science fiction;
  • digital divide - formulation experiencing considerable circulation in late twentieth- and early twenty-first -century;
  • Afrofuturism - relationship between people of African descent and technological culture;
  • science fiction (SF) - playing an important role;
  • speculative fiction - inclusive term embracing links, domesticating fantasy, sword and sorcery, horror, magical realism;
  • Samuel R. Delany - first major black voice in science fiction;
  • Kindred - neo-slave narrative;
  • Butler's Xenogenesis series – Dawn (1987), Adulthood Rites (1988), and Imago (1989)


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Images of the Future, or Why “African American Science Fiction” Is Not an Oxymoron

  • Definitions and How to Avoid Them

  • Conscientious Sorcerers

  • The Shape of Things to Come

  • Bibliography