A Marvel movie, an afrofuturistic dream, a box office phenomenon… and more? We take a side step from page to screen to comment on the many ways that Black Panther works, and works well. We also hint at future podcasts to compare text to film in other adaptations such as A Wrinkle in Time, Annihilation, and Arrival (2016).
Note: This podcast and all previous SF Crossing the Gulf episodes are available at this archive page.
A few things are mentioned during the podcast that you may want to read about in greater detail:
Ytasha Womack’s Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture:
Afrofuturism in the costume design of Black Panther:
Hero lighting for dark-skinned characters, as discussed by Ava DuVernay:
The Black Panther as written by Ta-Nehisi Coates:
The Black Panther and the Dora Milaje as written by Nnedi Okorafor:
Karen Lord is the award-winning, Barbadian author of Redemption in Indigo, The Best of All Possible Worlds and The Galaxy Game, and editor of the anthology New Worlds, Old Ways: Speculative Tales from the Caribbean. She is part of the writing team for seasons three and four of the serial fiction Tremontaine.
Karen Burnham is an electromagnetics engineer by way of vocation, and a book reviewer/critic by way of avocation. She has reviewed for venues such as Locus Magazine, Strange Horizons, and Cascadia Subduction Zone. Her book on Greg Egan came out from University of Illinois Press in 2014.