If you prefer your reading as bits rather than pulp, you may now purchase The Postnational Fantasy: Essays on Postcolonialism, Cosmopolitics, and Science Fiction, my co-edited collection of essays with Masood Raja and Swaralipi Nandi, as an eBook for the Amazon Kindle here. The Kindle edition is the full print edition, but it is in a digital format for reading on Kindle devices or the Kindle app available for iPhone or Android. Currently, it is on sale for only $9.99, which is a substantial savings over the print edition (as of May 9, 2011). I have a full description of the book including its table of contents available here.
Many thanks to the folks who have already purchased a copy of my first book co-edited with my friends Masood Raja [please visit his Pakistan Forum and Postcolonial Space websites] and Swaralipi Nandi.
Besides the amazing selection of essays in The Postnational Fantasy: Essays on Postcolonialism, Cosmopolitics and Science Fiction, the other editors and I were very happy with the fantastic cover art by Bertrand Benoit that the editor at our publisher McFarland selected for our book. Masood Raja, Swaralipi Nandi, and I had no input in the selection of the cover art, so it was a very happy surprise that McFarland chose such a wonderfully imaginative piece of art.
Mr. Benoit produces amazing photo-realistic cgi artwork, which you can read about his more recent creations on his official website and blog here.
I searched online for the image that graces our book’s cover, because I thought that I had seen the picture before. However, I thought it was slightly different.
I would be very lucky to have Mr. Benoit’s work grace the covers of my future books!
The Postnational Fantasy, my co-edited collection of essays with Masood Ashraf Raja and Swaralipi Nandi, is also available from Barnes & Noble: The Postnational Fantasy, Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy Series, Masood Ashraf Raja, 9780786461417. Paperback – Barnes & Noble.
Learn about the collection and its contents here.
I just checked Amazon’s stock of The Postnational Fantasy, and there is only one copy left in stock. I suspect that they had pre-orders to fill before offering it for immediate sale. That one last copy could be yours by clicking here. You can also find it in-stock at the official McFarland Publishers store here.
UPDATE: The Postnational Fantasy now has its own page on dynamicsubspace.net here.
I am very pleased to announce the publication of The Postnational Fantasy: Essays on Postcolonialism, Cosmopolitics and Science Fiction, my first co-edited collection of essays with with my good friends and colleagues Masood Ashraf Raja and Swaralipi Nandi! Click here to purchase it directly from the publisher McFarland & Co or click here to purchase it from Amazon (they should receive copies soon).
Below, I have included the book jacket copy, editor biographies, and the table of contents.
The Postnational Fantasy: Essays on Postcolonialism, Cosmopolitics and Science Fiction
Edited by Masood Ashraf Raja, Jason W. Ellis and Swaralipi Nandi
Foreword by Donald M. Hassler
Print ISBN: 978-0-7864-6141-7
EBook ISBN: 978-0-7864-8555-0
notes, bibliographies, index
225pp. softcover 2011
Available for immediate shipment
About the Book
In twelve critical and interdisciplinary essays, this text examines the relationship between the fantastic in novels, movies and video games and real-world debates about nationalism, globalization and cosmopolitanism. Topics covered include science fiction and postcolonialism, issues of ethnicity, nation and transnational discourse. Altogether, these essays chart a new discursive space, where postcolonial theory and science fiction and fantasy studies work cooperatively to expand our understanding of the fantastic, while simultaneously expanding the scope of postcolonial discussions.
Table of Contents
Foreword by DONALD M. HASSLER
Introduction by MASOOD A. RAJA and SWARALIPI NANDI
Part I: Postcolonial Issues in Science Fiction
1. Science Fiction as Experimental Ground for Issues of the Postcolonial Novel by MICHELE BRAUN
2. Truth Is Stranger: The Postnational “Aliens” of Biofiction by KAREN CARDOZO and BANU SUBRAMANIAM
3. Forms of Compromise: The Interaction of Humanity, Technology and Landscape in Ken MacLeod’s Night Sessions by ADAM FRISCH
4. The Language of Postnationality: Cultural Identity via Science Fictional Trajectories by CHRIS PAK
Part II: The Nation and Ethnicity in Science Fiction
5. The “Popular” Science: Bollywood’s Take on Science Fiction and the Discourse of Nations by SWARALIPI NANDI
6. Postcolonial Ethics and Identity in Mike Resnick’s Kirinyaga by JENN BRANDT
7. The Frontier Myth and Racial Politics by ÁNGEL MATEOS-APARICIO MARTÍN-ALBO
8. Dystopia and the Postcolonial Nation by SUPARNO BANERJEE
Part III: Towards a Postnational Discourse
9. Body Speaks: Communication and the Limits of Nationalism in Octavia Butler’s Xenogenesis Trilogy by KATHERINE R. BROAD
10. Engineering a Cosmopolitan Future: Race, Nation, and World of Warcraft by JASON W. ELLIS
11. When “Nation” Stops Making Sense: Mexican and Giorgio Agamben’s “State of Exception” in Children of Men by STACY SCHMITT RUSNAK
12. Fantastic Language/Political Reporting: The Postcolonial SF Illocutionary Force Is with Us by MARLEEN S. BARR
About the Contributors
About the Editors
Masood Ashraf Raja is an assistant professor of Postcolonial literature and theory at the University of North Texas, and editor of Pakistaniaat: A Journal of Pakistan Studies. Jason W. Ellis is an English literature Ph.D candidate at Kent State University and holder of an M.A. in science fiction studies from the University of Liverpool. Swaralipi Nandi is an English literature Ph.D candidate at Kent State University, whose research focus is postcolonial literature and theory.
Also read the announcement on Masood Raja’s blog here.
I completed proofreading the book that I co-edited with my friends and colleagues Masood Raja and Swaralipi Nandi called The Postnational Fantasy: Postcolonialism, Cosmopolitics, and Science Fiction. It took a long time to carefully work through the chapters of our book, but I found it an enriching and joyous endeavor to read each of our contributor’s chapters again. I believe that we put together an outstanding set of essays by some of the brightest thinkers on the borders where postcolonialism and science fiction meet. Having been away from these chapters for half a year before getting the proofs back gave me a fresh perspective to enjoy these chapters all over again. I will post more updates on dynamicsubspace.net when I know the date of publication. Many thanks again to my co-editors, our contributors, and our reviewers for assembling the book, and my deepest gratitude to McFarland & Company for publishing our work for others to read.
While I was in Taiwan, I received a friendly note from McFarland along with with their Spring 2011 Catalog, which includes the cover and description for the collection that I co-edited with Masood Ashraf Raja and Swaralipi Nandi titled The Postnational Fantasy: Postcolonialism, Cosmopolitics, and Science Fiction. I think that McFarland chose a bitchin’ cover for our collection. Below, I have included the blurb, pricing, and ISBN information for the collection of first-class essays.
The Postnational Fantasy: Postcolonialism, Cosmopolitics, and Science Fiction
Edited by Masood Ashraf Raja, Jason W. Ellis, and Swaralipi Nandi
Foreword by Donald M. Hassler
This text examines the relationship between the fantastic in novels, movies and video games, and real world debates about nationalism, globalization and cosmopolitanism.
978-0-7864-6141-7 | $40 | softcover
I’m happy to announce that Masood A. Raja, Swaralipi Nandi, and I have signed a contract with McFarland & Company, Inc. Publishers to publish our forthcoming edited collection on postcoloniality and science fiction tentatively titled, The Postnational Fantasy: Postcolonialism, Cosmopolitics, and Science Fiction.
I would like to thank our wonderfully brilliant contributors who have submitted their work to be a part of this edited collection. And, I would like to thank my co-editors, Masood and Swaralipi, who have helped me nurse this project from an afternoon office conversation into a book that is nearing materialization.
I have included a brief description of the project below. As the publication process develops and a finalized table of contents is available, I will post it to dynamicsubspace.net and Masood will post it to his blog here.
The Postnational Fantasy: Postcolonialism, Cosmopolitics and Science Fiction places itself at the nexus of current debates about nationalism, postnational capitalism, the reassertion of third world nationalism and its cosmopolitical counterparts, and the role of contemporary Science Fiction (SF) and fantasy in challenging, normalizing, or contesting these major conceptual currents of our times. This new collection of essays, thus, brings together, in one volume, the interplay of critical and theoretical insights both from Postcolonial and Science Fiction studies.
In a way SF and Postcolonial Literature both have traditionally dealt with the question of the other. Thus, while SF has been traditionally concerned with the issues of the alien and the ontological other, the leading postcolonial works have usually focused on giving voice to the silenced colonized others. Just as the SF writer must ‘train’ the reader in his or her imagined setting, so does the postcolonial author feel the need to inform the reader while attempting to represent the postcolonial subjects. This combination of representation and didactics, crucial to SF and postcolonial writing, can therefore be an interesting starting point for bringing the two overlapping fields of artistic endeavor together, as both have a lot to offer in theorizing and debating the national, the postcolonial, and the cosmopolitan in the era of high capital. As of now, not many critical texts attempt to rewrite postcoloniality through a textual and theoretical reading of contemporary SF nor has there been a worthwhile attempt in postcolonial studies to incorporate the contemporary SF in the cultural and political debates. It is, therefore, one of the goals of this volume to enrich both Postcolonial Studies and SF studies with a nuanced borrowing and intermixing of their primary texts and modes of interpretation, which would, we hope, enrich both fields of study by sharing their common and particular modes of reading and responding to the texts. Important also in our study would be the nature of representation itself, but especially the affective value of the texts in generating and foregrounding the questions of feelings invoked by the SF and the postcolonial text, and the impact of this emotive state on the issues of national, postnational, and cosmopolitan identity formation.