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The Trousers of Time: Possible futures of Indian speculative fiction in English

The origins of speculative fiction in India are twofold; first, the incredible wealth of mythical, historical and folklore traditions, and second, the incredibly popular genres of science fiction and fantasy in both literature and film in the West. Thousands of years ago, flying saucers, death-rays, hideous alien monsters and incredible machines were captured by Indian … Continue reading

IWE and genre

“Civilisational or religious partitioning of the world populationyields a ‘solitarist’ approach to human identity, which sees humanbeings as members of exactly one group…This can be a good way ofmisunderstanding nearly everyone in the world. In our normal lives, wesee ourselves as members of a variety of groups – we belong to all ofthem… Each of … Continue reading

The Indian superhero

“You must admit that the genesis of the great man depends on the longseries of complex influences which has produced the race in which heappears, and the social state into which that race has slowlygrown….Before he can remake his society, his society must make him.”– Herbert Spencer Superhumans – Nietzschean uberbeings who bend circumstances, storiesand … Continue reading

The South Asian diaspora and speculative fiction

The Great Indian Diaspora has always been a key topic of discussion whenever the theme of Indian writing in English has come up. Many of the world’s most successful writers of Indian origin live outside the subcontinent yet set their books there, and many critics feel this harms the authenticity of their work. A lot … Continue reading

Indian children’s literature and spec-fic

The luckiest bibliophiles in the world are the ones who aren’t told what not to read as children, and can make up their own minds depending on what sort of book they actually like reading. A lot of these children grow up to be speculative fiction readers, some because they admire the incredible capacity of … Continue reading

Comics, graphic novels and Indian speculative fiction

Speculative fiction and comics have gone hand in hand from the verybeginning; even today, apart from the mainstream superhero comicbooks,which are essentially spec-fic, the greatest and best-known comicwriters in the world, like Alan Moore or Neil Gaiman, are wildlypopular for SF and fantasy creations which use the comic-book medium’sability to tell compelling stories and create … Continue reading

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July 2006