EVX: Race and Resistance in Science and Speculative Fictions

Policing Blackness: Incarceration, Resistance, and Respectability Politics

An interactive Web broadcast that connects


Tim Russ and Peter Macon

Presented by The Museum of Science Fiction

Wednesday, August 26, 7:00 p.m. ET


Tim Russ (Tuvok from Star Trek: Voyager) and Peter Macon (Bortus from The Orville)

Moderated by Aisha Matthews, Managing Editor, Journal of Science Fiction.

The program will launch with a frank conversation, featuring

  • andré carrington, Professor of African American literature at the UC-Riverside, author of Speculative Blackness: The Future of Race in Science Fiction
  • De Witt Kilgore, Associate Professor of English at Brown University, author of The Galactic Club: Seeking a Postracial Universe in Science/Fiction
  • Isiah Lavender, Professor of English at Univ. of Georgia, author of five science fiction novels including Afrofuturism Rising: The Literary Prehistory of a Movement
  • Lisa Yaszek Regents Professor of Science Fiction Studies at Georgia Tech, author of Literary Afrofuturism in the Twenty-First Century.

In today’s world where the phrase Black Lives Matter has fueled a movement, Escape Velocity Extra looks at the history of race relations throughout science fiction. From Start Trek’s TOS Let This Be Your Last Battlefield through humanity’s treatment of “the Prawn” in District 9, science-fiction pop-culture has delivered a lens to our reality. This program, through experts in present day culture/ Afro-futurism and celebrity actors, will explore where we have been, where we are now and where we are going.