The Postnational Fantasy Also Available as eBook for Kindle

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.

The Postnational Fantasy Back in Stock at

The Postnational Fantasy [read about the book and its contents here] is back in stock at here! Get yours today, or tell your library to place an order.

You can also purchase it from the publisher McFarland & Co here, from Barnes & Noble here, or from Books-A-Million 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.

Bertrand Benoit’s Cover Art of The Postnational Fantasy

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.

It turns out the cover art is an updated version of Mr. Benoit’s “Sci-Fi City Scape (After the Rain),” which you can see here and read his notes on its creation here.

I would be very lucky to have Mr. Benoit’s work grace the covers of my future books!

The Postnational Fantasy is available from the publisher McFarland & Co here,  from Amazon here (temporarily sold out), or from Barnes & Noble here.

The Postnational Fantasy Essays on Postcolonialism, Cosmopolitics and Science Fiction, Now Published and Available from McFarland!

UPDATE: The Postnational Fantasy now has its own page on 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

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Price: $40.00

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



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.

Proofreading Command Center for The Postnational Fantasy

IMG_7097, originally uploaded by dynamicsubspace.

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 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.