Afrofuturism, science fiction, and the history of the future

  title={Afrofuturism, science fiction, and the history of the future},
  author={Lisa Yaszek},
  journal={Socialism and Democracy},
  pages={41 - 60}
  • Lisa Yaszek
  • Published 1 November 2006
  • Art
  • Socialism and Democracy
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