The Future Fire editors’ blog has posted the table of contents for the upcoming anthology We See a Different Frontier, an anthology of colonialism-themed speculative fiction, edited by Djibril al-Ayad and Fabio Fernandes:
- “The Arrangement of Their Parts” by Shweta Narayan
- “Pancho Villa’s Flying Circus” by Ernest Hogan
- “Them Ships” by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
- “Old Domes” by J.Y. Yang
- “A Bridge of Words” by Dinesh Rao
- “The Gambiarra Effect” by Fabio Fernandes *
- “Droplet” by Rahul Kanakia
- “Lotus” by Joyce Chng
- “Dark Continents” by Lavie Tidhar
- “A Heap of Broken Images” by Sunny Moraine
- “Fleet” by Sandra McDonald
- “Remembering Turinam” by Nalin A. Ratnayake
- “Vector” by Benjanun Sriduangkaew
- “I Stole the D.C.’s Eyeglass” by Sofia Samatar
- “Forests of the Night” by Gabriel Murray
- “What Really Happened in Ficandula” by Rochita Loenen-Ruiz
The book also includes a Preface by Aliette de Bodard, an Introduction by Fabio Fernandes and a Critical Afterword by Ekaterina Sedia.
Djibril al-Ayad is general editor of The Future Fire, an online magazine of social-political speculative fiction. In the past, TFF published themed issues on Feminist SF and Queer SF, and two guest-edited, themed anthologies are currently in development: Outlaw Bodies, themed around trans, queer and disability issues with a cyberpunk flavor, edited by Lori Selke; and We See a Different Frontier, which will publish colonialism-themed stories from outside of the white, anglo, first-world perspective, edited by this interviewer (which was missing from this site in the past few months mostly due to this project).
The story of We See a Different Frontier is already too long to be told in an introduction to an interview. To learn more about it, I strongly recommend you read:
I decided to interview Djibril not just because of the project, but for all the great job The Future Fire has been doing tackling *ticklish subjects*, in the words of Slavoj Zizek: the outsider, the perceived minorities, the voiceless. That was the reason I approached him in the first place to propose the abovementioned anthology. Because he cares. With you, Djibril al-Ayad:
Fabio Fernandes: First of all, Djibril al-Ayad is not your birth name. I’m not going to ask you your former name, but I’m curious to know why you chose this particular name, and what meaning (linguistic, social, political) it has in your life?