Extrapolation

Alternative Futurisms

Tananarive Due’s African Immortal Series

Extrapolation (2020), 61, (1-2), 91–108.

Abstract

I explore the influence of Afrofuturism on the Latinx and Indigenous futurism movements by examining a series that embodies all three movements—Tananarive Due’s African Immortals series (1997–2011). Due sets this series in the United States, Africa, and Mexico; these settings and her diverse cast of characters cultivate a non-Eurowestern perspective that combats narratives of white supremacy. Her long-lived characters of color, some of whom have been alive since the time of Jesus, demonstrate the resiliency of peoples of color and their history of contributions to the world. I argue that Afrofuturist works such as Due’s are merging Afrofuturist themes with those of other cultures, creating a science fiction that is not merely diverse in appearance, but one which includes non-white and non-Western cultures as integral to its narrative.

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Sanchez-Taylor, Joy