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Dis-Orienting PlanetsRacial Representations of Asia in Science Fiction$
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Isiah Lavender III

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781496811523

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496811523.001.0001

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India and Indians in SF by Indians and Others

India and Indians in SF by Indians and Others

(p.42) India and Indians in SF by Indians and Others
Dis-Orienting Planets

Uppinder Mehan

University Press of Mississippi

Uppinder Mehan, in “India and Indians in SF by Indians and Others,” examines the representation of India in recent science fiction in the works of contemporary writers outside India, such as Ian McDonald’s River of Gods (2004) and Cyberabad Days (2009). Mehan makes comparisons to the SF of Indian writers such as Anuradha Marwah’s Idol Love (1999), Manjula Padmanabhan’s Escape (2008), and Rimi Chatterjee’s Signal Red (2005) and how they effortlessly explore concerns in their science fiction that are beyond the received images of India and Indians and surface knowledge available to the casual observer. Mehan interrogates the distorted and truthful reflections of Indian culture in science fiction.

Keywords:   India, Orientalism, Post-colonialism, Magical Realism, Capitalism

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