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The Great Space Race(ism): How Science Fiction Predicted the Future--and How Afrofuturism Could Negate It


This study examines predictive value of Afrofuturism as a means of recognizing and subsequently disrupting the orientations of power that simultaneously operate in the real world. The Billionaire Space Race is a key example of this, and I assert that the mission statement of these corporations—to live amongst stars—is not a step forward for mankind as it is represented, but instead is the ultimate neocolonial evolution of capitalism, one that would rely on the continued exploitation of labor of marginalized people. Can Afrofuturism save the future? Seminal texts in the genre suggest alternative modes of living and being that posit a more ethical and empathetic means of entering the space ways, ones that don’t privilege profit over people.

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