On Visionary Fiction (for Wed. 09/09)

“Visionary fiction” is a term we developed to distinguish science fiction that has relevance toward building new, freer worlds from the mainstream strain of science fiction, which most often reinforces dominant narratives of power. Visionary fiction encompasses all of the fantastic, with the arc always bending towards justice. We believe this space is vital for any process of decolonization, because the decolonization of the imagination is the most dangerous and subversive form there is: for it is where all other forms of decolonization are born. Once the imagination is unshackled, liberation is limitless.

-Walidah Imarisha, “Introduction” to Octavia’s Brood

Prompt: How does the idea of “visionary fiction” relate to the ways in which you have been thinking about science and speculative fiction as a genre? What details from the stories we have read so far allow you to approach and understand these texts as examples of visionary fiction (or not)?

*If you have other thoughts or questions about visionary fiction that we did not get to discuss in class- feel free to share them in the comments!

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