Prompt 1: Reflect on Yang and Liew’s attempt to fashion an origin story for the Green Turtle. What are the specific details they added that stood out to you and why are they significant? What do you think Yang and Liew are trying to accomplish by re-visioning this ambiguous and obscure superhero as a specifically Asian American hero?
Prompt 2: What do you think about superheroes (even popular figures like Spiderman, Batman, The Flash, etc.) being re-imagined in ways that emphasize their racial, ethnic, or gender background? What is at stake in this process?
Prompt #1: What does Ink have to do with science and/or speculative fiction? What are the science fictional/ speculative elements of the text? And what is their significance within the novel? Thinking back further, how might Ink be an example of what Walidah Imarisha describes as “visionary fiction”?
Prompt #2: Relate Ink to one of the texts we have read this semester. What kinds of connections do you see between Ink and this other text? Are there related themes or overarching issues or concerns? Do you see similarities between some of the characters in Ink and a figure from another reading? How and why?
“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!