Extrapolation

The Ethics of Race, Failure, and Asian American (Ethno)Futures

Extrapolation (2014), 55, (3), 299–321.

Abstract

This essay explores the ethics of the "unexpected" by examining three examples of contemporary Asian American science fiction: Ted Chiang's "Division by Zero" and "Story of Your Life", and Charles Yu's How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe. With each focusing on a form of negative critique, new theorizations of possible futures are developed, routed through representations both analogous and common to Asian American literature: affect, relations with the dead/past, and the immigrant family. The authors bring strategies for envisioning the future to crisis to engage an ethnofuturist project decoupled from traditional notions of historical meaning and sociological certitude.

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