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Episode 178: Kiese Laymon, Long Division

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This week we welcome special guest andre carrington, professor at Drexel University and author of the book Speculative Blackness: The Future of Race in Science Fiction. Andre chose our reading, Long Division, a novel by Kiese Laymon that involves time travel, overlapping narratives and some rather complex metafiction.

We talk about the book’s complicated plot, and whether it’s a strength or a weakness of the novel. We also talk about genre lines, how we draw them, and whether it’s even worth drawing them. In the second half of the show, we talk to andre about his work, race in science fiction, fan fiction, and writing for academic versus non-academic audiences.

As always, you can stream the show right here on our site, by clicking on the player below. You can also download the mp3 file, and play it on your preferred device. Or check us out in the iTunes store, or wherever you get your podcasts.

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Long Division

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