Indian Science Fiction

Patterns, History and Hybridity

Author(s) Suparno Banerjee

Language: English

Genre(s): Literary Criticism

Series: New Dimensions in Science Fiction

  • October 2020 · 272 pages ·216x138mm

  • · Hardback - 9781786836663
  • · eBook - pdf - 9781786836670
  • · eBook - epub - 9781786836687

About The Book

This study draws from postcolonial theory, science fiction criticism, utopian studies, genre theory, Western and Indian philosophy and history to propose that Indian science fiction functions at the intersection of Indian and Western cultures. The author deploys a diachronic and comparative approach in examining the multilingual science fiction traditions of India to trace the overarching generic evolutions, which he complements with an analysis of specific patterns of hybridity in the genre’s formal and thematic elements – time, space, characters and the epistemologies that build the worlds in Indian science fiction. The work explores the larger patterns and connections visible despite the linguistic and cultural diversities of Indian science fiction traditions.


‘Suparno Banerjee’s excellent scholarship on the daunting topic of the history of science fiction on the Indian subcontinent will set the agenda for studies of Indian science fiction for years to come.’
-John Rieder, Professor Emeritus of English, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa

‘This important book offers a window onto the large and significant world of Indian science fiction. Banerjee examines a wide geographical and linguistic range of works, discussing them in erudite and crystal-clear prose. I am excited to be given entrance into this world.’
-Joan Gordon, Professor Emerita Nassau Community College, editor of Science Fiction Studies

‘This book is not only a beautifully written, meticulously researched, and cogently argued resource for scholars of science fiction, but also a boon to Indian science fiction writers who wish to learn about, be influenced by, and engage with our own literary history. Reading this book is a profoundly decolonising experience!’
-Vandana Singh, author of Ambiguity Machines and Other Stories

‘With erudition, rigor and style, the author makes a major contribution to the increasingly important study of global science fiction. Probably for a long time to come, this volume will be the standard work on the vast but hitherto much neglected field of Indian science fiction.’
-Carl Freedman, Read Professor of English, Louisiana State University, and author of Critical Theory and Science Fiction

'There has been a rising interest in Indian Science Fiction in recent years, with a number of critical studies and articles being published. Suparno Banerjee’s book, Indian Science Fiction: Patterns, History and Hybridity, marks a key milestone in this trend.'
- Sumit Bardhan

'Indian Science Fiction is a detailed academic book and the first of its kind to examine the historical development of the science fiction genre across multiple languages in the Indian subcontinent. The enormity of the task of sifting through and chronicling a diverse body of work is daunting in itself but also unique given how Science Fiction (SF) in India has thrived on the confluence of many cultural interactions. Not only does the author shoulder that successfully, but he also nudges his readers to introspect on the exclusive nature of Indian Science Fiction by organizing the literature under thematic categories aided by the post-colonial theoretical lens he dons.'
- Sreya Sarkar. Read the full article and listen to the interview here

Click on the below link to listen to Suparno Banerjee discuss his book

A Discussion on Past, present, and future of Indian Science Fiction with prof. Suparno Banerjee -


Introduction: To Mark or Not to Mark Territories
1. Genealogies: A Brief History of Indian SF
2. Cognitions and Estrangements: Epistemes and the World-Building in Indian Sf
3. Other Times: Alternative Histories, Imagining the Future and Non-Linear Temporalities
4. Other Spaces: Utopian Discourses and Non-Expansionist Journeys
5. The Others: Aliens, Robots, Cyborgs and Other Others
Conclusion: Close Encounters
Bibliography: Primary Texts
Bibliography: Secondary Texts

About the Author(s)

Author(s): Suparno Banerjee

Suparno Banerjee is an Associate Professor of English at Texas State University.

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