Speculative Whiteness

Speculative Whiteness

Science Fiction and the Alt-Right

Jordan S. Carroll

Reveals the alt-right’s project to claim science fiction and—by extension—the future

120 Pages, 5 x 7 in

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Speculative Whiteness

Science Fiction and the Alt-Right

Series: Forerunners: Ideas First

Jordan S. Carroll

ISBN: 9781517917081

Publication date: October 22nd, 2024

120 Pages

7 x 5

Reveals the alt-right’s project to claim science fiction and—by extension—the future

Fascists such as Richard Spencer interpret science fiction films and literature as saying only white men have the imagination required to invent a high-tech future. Other white nationalists envision racist utopias filled with Aryan supermen and all-white space colonies. Speculative Whiteness traces these ideas through the entangled histories of science fiction culture and white supremacist politics, showing that debates about representation in science fiction films and literature are struggles over who has the right to imagine and inhabit the future. Although fascists insist that tomorrow belongs to them, they have always been and will continue to be contested by antifascist fans willing to fight for the future.

Jordan S. Carroll is author of Reading the Obscene: Transgressive Editors and the Class Politics of US Literature, which won the MLA Prize for Independent Scholars.