Posted August 15, 2007on:
I guess I could have asked this on Niall’s blog (on the open thread?) but since I’m already in my dashboard, and on the off-chance that he and Dark O aren’t my only readers who enjoy SF, it’s going here. As I mentioned before, Hopkinson in the introduction that, “To be a person of colour writing science fiction is to be under suspicion of having internalized one’s colonization”. How is colonisation typically portrayed in science fiction novels? I didn’t know that it was a popular “meme” but as soon as it was pointed out I assumed that the opposite would be the case. Colonisers would typically be seen as the eeeevil, dominating power (gross, green aliens probably) and the reader was meant to cheer for the valiant, brave and good colonised citizenry. Or the author would get uppity and decide to create a more complex dynamic but, either way, colonising was bad, mmm’kay? I guess that wasn’t the case. Or is she addressing something else?
On a different note, I drank the kool aid and am back with Don Quixote (as it is about to go into another “interpolated novel”, Zeus preserve us).