Black Power Utopia: African-American Utopianism and Revolutionary Prophesy in Black Power-Era Science Fiction

  • Mark A. TaboneEmail author


Tabone discusses the texts that Mark Bould calls Black Power Science Fiction (SF), arguing that these works are an underappreciated form of utopian literature. Drawing on utopian scholars and Black cultural studies, Tabone examines the connections between these works of SF, the rise of the Black Power Movement, and the efflorescence of new utopian literature that appeared during the 1960s. Using John A. Williams’s 1969 novel, Sons of Darkness, Sons of Light, as a representative example, Tabone also discusses the revolutionary or “apocalyptic” form of utopianism employed in these texts. Tabone further argues that this form has prior historical roots in the Black prophetic tradition.


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  1. 1.University of Tennessee, KnoxvilleKnoxvilleUSA

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