• O.E. Butler, Kindred (Boston: 1979).
• J. Corbett, The Wisdom of Sun Ra: Sun Ra’s Polemical Broadsheets and Streetcorner Leaflets (Chicago: 2006).
• M. Bould, “The Ships Landed Long Ago: Afrofuturism and Black SF,” Science Fiction Studies 34 (2007), 177-86.
• T.E. Barber, “25 Years of Afrofuturism and Black Speculative Thought: Roundtable with Tiffany E. Barber, Reynaldo Anderson, Mark Dery, and Sheree Renée Thomas,” Topia 39 (2018), 136-44.
• J. Corbett, “Brothers from Another Planet: The Space Madness of Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Sun Ra, and George Clinton,” in J. Corbett, Extended Play: Sounding Off from John Cage to Dr Funkenstein (Durham: 1994).
• M. Dery, “Black to the Future: Interviews with Samuel R. Delaney, Greg Tate, and Tricia Rose,” in M. Dery (ed.), Flame Wars: The Discourse of Cyber Culture (Durham: 1994), 180-222.
• K. Eshun, More Brilliant than the Sun: Adventures in Sonic fiction (London: 1998).
• K. Eshun, “Further Considerations on Afrofuturism,” New Centennial Review 3 (2003), 287-302.
• G.J. Hampton and K.R. Parker (eds), The Bloomsbury Handbook to Octavia E. Butler (London: 2020).
• E. Steinskog, Afrofuturism and Black Sound Studies: Culture, Technology, and Things to Come (Cham: 2018).
• J. Szwed, Space Is the Place: The Lives and Times of Sun Ra (Durham: 2020).
• P. Youngquist, A Pure Solar World: Sun Ra and the Birth of Afrofuturism (Austin 2016).
Film: The Last Angel in History (1996, directed by John Akomfrah)
Wow, Peter, this episode and it’s detailed exploration of Sun Ra’s mythology exceeded all my expectations ! (I suppose I should have expected nothing less :-)). And I’d read Butler’s Parables (of the Sowers and Talents) given that they’d been pitched to me as canonical. But, ironically, a couple of weeks ago a friend that owns a science fiction bookstore said, oh no, you need to read Kindred, it’s her masterpiece, so I plunked down and bought it. I can’t imagine a better set up for getting to it than your and Chike’s description. As always profuse thanks for the podcast (all branches).
Space is the place
Missed a real opportunity here for some good song tilte usage! Space is the Place, The Clones of Dr Funkenstein, etc etc...
You mean for the title of the episode itself? I was really pleased with that actually, I like the pun! (Of course I do.) We don't usually take titles of actual works discussed in the episode as titles for the podcasts, seems too obvious.
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