Strategies for Community Survival from Speculative Fiction
Ida Yoshinaga, Sean Guynes, and Gerry Canavan, editors
The MIT Press, forthcoming
Uneven Futures: Strategies for Community Survival from Speculative Fiction brings together more than forty critics, artists, and activists who each take up a core text of the genre with an eye toward the collective articulation of a new paradigm for thinking SF suitable to a milieu in which corporations dominate both the means of production and the means of distribution, and in which governments utilize powerful surveillance and carceral technologies, feeding our most cherished fantasies and our most terrifying nightmares. With an eye toward broad community adoption, practical use, and activist sensibility, text selections demonstrate the diversity of SF forms and function through short, focused, accessible chapters by SF writers, scholars, and activists alike.
Uneven Futures aspires to reformulate SF studies for an emerging generation of scholars who increasingly view ST studies as a field that at its best might envision human agency materializing from the dynamic between media convergence, contemporary (or newly appreciated) aesthetic forms of SF expression, and community technocultural practices of knowledge, science, and technology. We weave these elements into a paradigm called Science Fiction Studies 3.0 (after Yoshinaga’s 2018 articulation of this concept)—a justice-centered thought experiment to survive an era of futurity in crisis.