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Black and Brown PlanetsThe Politics of Race in Science Fiction$
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Isiah Lavender

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781628461237

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2015

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781628461237.001.0001

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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

(p.31) “The Best is yet to Come”; or, Saving the Future
Black and Brown Planets

De Witt Douglas Kilgore

University Press of Mississippi

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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