Grace L. Dillon (ed.): Walking the Clouds: An Anthology of Indigenous Science Fiction (2012)

22 September 2018, dusan

“In this first-ever anthology of Indigenous science fiction Grace Dillon collects some of the finest examples of the craft with contributions by Native American, First Nations, Aboriginal Australian, and New Zealand Maori authors. The collection includes seminal authors such as Gerald Vizenor, historically important contributions often categorized as “magical realism” by authors like Leslie Marmon Silko and Sherman Alexie, and authors more recognizable to science fiction fans like William Sanders and Stephen Graham Jones. Dillon’s engaging introduction situates the pieces in the larger context of science fiction and its conventions.

Organized by sub-genre, the book starts with Native slipstream, stories infused with time travel, alternate realities and alternative history like Vizenor’s “Custer on the Slipstream.” Next up are stories about contact with other beings featuring, among others, an excerpt from Gerry William’s The Black Ship. Dillon includes stories that highlight Indigenous science like a piece from Archie Weller’s Land of the Golden Clouds, asserting that one of the roles of Native science fiction is to disentangle that science from notions of “primitive” knowledge and myth. The fourth section calls out stories of apocalypse like William Sanders’ “When This World Is All on Fire” and a piece from Zainab Amadahy’s The Moons of Palmares. The anthology closes with examples of biskaabiiyang, or “returning to ourselves,” bringing together stories like Eden Robinson’s “Terminal Avenue” and a piece from Robert Sullivan’s Star Waka.

An essential book for readers and students of both Native literature and science fiction, Walking the Clouds is an invaluable collection. It brings together not only great examples of Native science fiction from an internationally-known cast of authors, but Dillon’s insightful scholarship sheds new light on the traditions of imagining an Indigenous future.”

Publisher University of Arizona Press, Tucson, 2012
Sun Tracks series, 69
ISBN 9780816529827, 0816529825
vii+260 pages
via Gioni

Reviews: Lindsey Catherine Cornum (Full Stop, 2012), Ileana Cerda (Southwestern American Literature, 2013), Amy Gore (Studies in American Indian Literatures, 2013).

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Johanna Drucker: The Century of Artists’ Books (1995)

20 September 2018, dusan

“The seminal study of the development of artists’ books as a twentieth-century art form. By situating artists’ books within the context of developments in the visual arts, Drucker raises critical and theoretical issues as well as providing a historical overview of the medium. Within its pages, she explores more than two hundred individual books in relation to their structure, form, and conceptualization.”

Publisher Granary Books, New York, 1995
ISBN 1887123016, 9781887123013
xii+377 pages

Review: Eric T. Haskell (SubStance, 1997).

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Cornelia Sollfrank (ed.): Die schönen Kriegerinnen. Technofeministische Praxis im 21. Jahrhundert (2018) [German]

9 September 2018, dusan

Die schönen Kriegerinnen versammelt sieben aktuelle technofeministische Positionen aus Kunst und Aktivismus. Auf höchst unterschiedliche Weise erweitern diese die Denk- und Handlungsansätze des Cyberfeminismus der 1990er Jahre und reagieren damit auf neue Formen von Diskriminierung und Ausbeutung. Geschlechterpolitik wird unter Bezugnahme auf Technologie verhandelt, und Fragen der Technik verbinden sich mit Fragen von Ökologie und Ökonomie. Die unterschiedlichen Positionen um diesen neuen Techno-Öko-Feminismus verstehen ihre Praxis als Einladung, an ihre sozialen und ästhetischen Interventionen anzuknüpfen, dazuzukommen, weiterzumachen, nicht aufzugeben.

Mit Beiträgen von Christina Grammatikopoulou, Isabel de Sena, Femke Snelting, Cornelia Sollfrank, Spideralex, Sophie Toupin, hvale vale, Yvonne Volkart.”

Publisher transversal texts, Vienna, August 2018
ISBN 9783903046160, 3903046167
225 pages

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