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Tarun K. Saint

The New Wave of South Asian Science Fiction and Fantasy

A range of flavors and concerns is discernible in South Asian SFF, which has been going through a mini-Renaissance in recent times. This overview seeks to introduce some of the established and upcoming voices in the New Wave of sub-continental SFF that have made their presence felt since the 1990s.

As we shall see, in the best of these futuristic fictions there is a sharp awareness of momentous transitions afoot in the post-colonial world, with sharply critical accounts of skewed development and modern techno-dystopias. Inevitably, such decolonizing visions of the present often address the aftermath of colonial rule in a different way from Anglo-American SF, with the focus on the task of emerging from the shadow of modernity in its colonial guise.

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