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Mimi Mondal

A Short History of South Asian Speculative Fiction: Part I

I have never read an article on South Asian speculative fiction (there are many) that didn’t feel painfully incomplete to me, so I decided to write my own. South Asian literature is a large and often unwieldy mass, emerging from disparate influences, even if we discount the regional languages and talk about only the works in the English. Speculative stories pop up in the most unexpected places. There is no uniform tradition and reading list, so I will try to touch on everything a little.  (Perhaps inevitably, I will leave out some works of which I remain unaware—there is always more to learn, and to read.)

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