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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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Questing for an Indigenous Future

Questing for an Indigenous Future

Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony as Indigenous Science Fiction

(p.117) Questing for an Indigenous Future
Black and Brown Planets

Patrick B. Sharp

University Press of Mississippi

Patrick B. Sharp, in “Questing for an Indigenous Future: Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony as Indigenous SF,” critiques the colonial imagination that produced both modern science and the “grammar of race” that codes all non-whites as incapable of contributing to the futures promised by science fiction by focusing on Silko’s use of illness and witchery to evoke the Cold War logic of nuclear apocalypse. Sharp explores how Silko uses the traditional Laguna concept of cyclical time, how Silko imagines the interconnectedness between all races, and how Silko thwarts the narrative of apocalypse, providing the foundation for an indigenous future that can heal the damage brought about by the colonial imagination.

Keywords:   Nuclear apocalypse, Leslie Marmon Silko, Indigenous SF, Colonialism

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