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“The Best is yet to Come”; or, Saving the Future

“The Best is yet to Come”; or, Saving the Future

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as Reform Astrofuturism

Chapter:
(p.31) “The Best is yet to Come”; or, Saving the Future
Source:
Black and Brown Planets
Author(s):
De Witt Douglas Kilgore
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781628461237.003.0003

De Witt Kilgore, in “The Best is Yet to Come”: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as Reform Afrofuturism,” dissects Star Trek’s projection of an endless white future by directly challenging the intent of Star Trek’s racial politics with its practice of reinstating customary racial traditions. Kilgore argues that the DS9 episode “Far Beyond the Stars” allows the series to confront African American history as a root of the Federation’s utopian future as a reform afrofuturism.

Keywords:   Afrofuturism, Star Trek, DS9, Avery Brooks, Samuel R. Delany

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