I am becoming less ashamed with my obsession with science fiction and fantasy cultures. After studying both in academia, I’m practically proud of it.
This fall I studied African science fiction. A very specific genre. After studying several novels, films, comics and short stories in African science fiction, I can say the major distinction is the genre’s relationship to real world problems: decolonization, post-colonialism, extreme poverty, corruption, etc.
Star Wars teaches us what any story can. “Good will triumph.” African science fiction teaches us that good seldom wins and that perhaps science fiction should not be an escape from the real world.