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The Caribbean Science Fiction Network

The Caribbean Science Fiction Network

By Jarrel De Matas

Want to learn more about Caribbean fantasy, folklore, speculative, and science fiction? Interested in established and emerging Caribbean voices about all things sf? Then tune in to The Caribbean Science Fiction Network. In this podcast I showcase emerging and established Caribbean voices who use sf genres to explore future states of Caribbean identity. Through these genres, the writers redefine Caribbean futurity and what it means to be Caribbean.

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Yasmín Portales Machado: A Knowledge Revolution
Yasmín Portales Machado: A Knowledge Revolution
In the Season 2 finale I chat with Cuban writer Yasmin Portales-Machado. Yasmin brings her academic ventures into science fiction into our discussion of science, knowledge, and queer Caribbeanness.
25:11
August 05, 2022
Imam Baksh: Epic Caribbean Children Part 2
Imam Baksh: Epic Caribbean Children Part 2
Tune in to the final part of my two-part series chat with Guyanese writer Imam Baksh about his novel 'The Dark of the Sea'. We chat about mythology, East Indian identities, and racial difference. Music: Ravi B - Go Back
28:52
July 15, 2022
Imam Baksh: Epic Caribbean Children Pt 1
Imam Baksh: Epic Caribbean Children Pt 1
In the penultimate episode of season 2 I chat with Guyanese novelist and two-time winner of the CODE Burt award for Young adult fiction, Imam Baksh. We chat about the epic genre, Indo-Caribbeanness, and myth.  Music: Ravi B - Go Back
29:31
June 13, 2022
Leone Ross: Making a Popisho
Leone Ross: Making a Popisho
I chat with Jamaica Leone Ross about her 2021 novel Popisho/This One Sky Day. Magic, food, politics, and pum-pums! This novel really has it all! Music Credit: 'Hurtin' Me' - Stefflon Don ft French Montana Follow on Twitter & Instagram @Caribbeansfnet. Email: caribbeansfnet@gmail.com Links to the pod available here Website available here
38:22
April 29, 2022
Breanne Mc Ivor: Monsters of the Caribbean
Breanne Mc Ivor: Monsters of the Caribbean
I chat with Trinidad and Tobago author Breanne Mc Ivor about her latest collection 'Where there are monsters'. Shakespeare, folklore, and the little ways people are monstrous are some of the topics we dive into! Follow on Twitter & Instagram @Caribbeansfnet. Email: caribbeansfnet@gmail.com Links to the pod available here Website available here
27:17
April 15, 2022
Tobias Buckell: Shoggoths Anew
Tobias Buckell: Shoggoths Anew
In epidode 6 I chat with Grenadian-born, New York Times Best Selling author Tobias Buckell about his latest collection of fantasy stories 'Shoggoths in Traffic'. We talk about Rastafarianism, Cowboys, and fairy tales!.  Follow on Twitter & Instagram @Caribbeansfnet. Email: caribbeansfnet@gmail.com Links to the pod available here Website available here. Music: 'Tombstone' - Mandella Linkz
34:40
April 01, 2022
Ray Nayler: Disintegrating Balance
Ray Nayler: Disintegrating Balance
In this Season 2 special episode, I chat with Canadian-born writer Ray Nayler about his novella 'A Rocket for Dimitrios'. We chat about the aftermath of World War 2, politics, and the Russian invasion of Ukraine. This podcast stands firmly in support of Ukraine, condemns war, and stands for peace everywhere. Music: On I Ona - Вода (Не такі, як всі) (Dark mix) To read more about Ray's fiction, check out his website: https://www.raynayler.net  Follow on Twitter & Instagram @Caribbeansfnet. Email: caribbeansfnet@gmail.com Links to the pod available here Website available here
24:41
March 18, 2022
Courttia Newland: Alternate Possibilities
Courttia Newland: Alternate Possibilities
What would our world be like if colonisation never happened? Listen to Barbadian-Jamaican writer Courttia Newland break things down for us with his latest novel ' A River Called Time' in episode 5! We talk about African cosmology, technology, and how to reimagine possibilities. Music Credit: Marvey 'Know the Face' Follow on Twitter & Instagram @Caribbeansfnet. Email: caribbeansfnet@gmail.com Links to the pod available here Website available here
22:05
March 04, 2022
Barbara Lalla: Through the Eyes of Children
Barbara Lalla: Through the Eyes of Children
In this episode 4 of season 2 I chat with Jamaican Professor Barbara Lalla about her latest novel 'One Thousand Eyes. We chat about children living in a Caribbean dystopia and so much more including a mystery creature.  Intro music: 'Take Bamboo' - Melick & Boogy Ranks Transition music: 'Love is Wicked' - Brick & Lace Follow on Twitter & Instagram @Caribbeansfnet. Email: caribbeansfnet@gmail.com Links to the pod available here Website available here
23:06
February 18, 2022
Carolina Cardona: Our Steampunk Society
Carolina Cardona: Our Steampunk Society
In this episode I chat with Puerto Rican novelist Carolina Cardona about her debut book 'Andujar: The Robot Gentleman of San Juan'. This ain't no ordinary robot, though, he's much more than metal. We chat about humanity, Puerto Rican science fiction, and the steampunk genre. Follow on Twitter & Instagram @Caribbeansfnet. Email: caribbeansfnet@gmail.com Links to the pod available here Website available here
27:48
February 04, 2022
Anthony Joseph: Frequencies of Caribbean Magic
Anthony Joseph: Frequencies of Caribbean Magic
In this second episode of season 2 I chat with writer and musician Anthony Joseph from Trinidad and Tobago. We discuss what magic means for the Caribbean, UFOs, music, and science.  Music credits: Intro: 'Trini to D' Bone' Music: 'Hustle' - Anthony Joseph Follow on Twitter & Instagram @Caribbeansfnet. Email: caribbeansfnet@gmail.com Links to the pod available here Website available here
23:51
January 21, 2022
Nalo Hopkinson: Survival in a Sunken World
Nalo Hopkinson: Survival in a Sunken World
Welcome to the season 2 premiere! In this first episode I chat with Jamaican Nalo Hopkinson about her latest novella 'Broad Dutty Water: A Sunken Story'. We chat about Caribbean language, technology, pigs, and Sean Paul! Music Credits: Intro: Trini to D' Bone instrumental Transitions: 'Like Glue' - Sean Paul Follow on Twitter & Instagram @Caribbeansfnet. Email: caribbeansfnet@gmail.com Links to the pod available here Website available here
26:37
January 07, 2022
Malka Older: Thinking about disasters differently
Malka Older: Thinking about disasters differently
What can we learn from disasters? In this episode I chat with Disaster Sociologist Malka Older about the representation of disasters in science fiction. We discuss the interconnections between disaster and politics, humanity, and empathy. Music credit: Scrunter - 'Eat Something' Follow on Twitter & Instagram @Caribbeansfnet. Email: caribbeansfnet@gmail.com Links to the pod available here Website available here
23:05
December 17, 2021
Season 1 Preview
Season 1 Preview
A mash up of Season 1 guests. Enjoy! Follow on Twitter & Instagram @Caribbeansfnet. Email: caribbeansfnet@gmail.com Links to the pod available here Website available here
05:54
December 11, 2021
Brandon O’Brien - A radically different Caribbean
Brandon O’Brien - A radically different Caribbean
How can the Cthulu mythos be reimagined? Where can Caribbean identity be thought of as radically different? What are some ways of perceiving time? These questions and more are answered in this episode and season 1 finale featuring Trinidad and Tobago writer Brandon O'Brien who discusses his latest collection of poems, 'Can you sign my tentacle?' Music credit: Kan Kan Riddim If you enjoyed this episode drop a review and rating! Follow on Twitter & Instagram @Caribbeansfnet. Email: caribbeansfnet@gmail.com Links to the pod available here Website available here
20:17
December 03, 2021
Kafi Kareem & Patrick Meikle: An un-fore-gettable Caribbean adventure
Kafi Kareem & Patrick Meikle: An un-fore-gettable Caribbean adventure
Caribbean children playing golf? Reconnecting with ancestors through a magical portal? You're not in Kansas anymore, you're in the Caribbean! This episode features 'The Caddy Club', an upcoming animated movie. Kafi Kareem, the writer and director from Trinidad & Tobago, and Patrick Meikle from Jamaica, the lead character designer discuss how 'The Caddy Club' can clear up certain misconceptions about the Caribbean that involve golf, history and much more. Music credit: 'Close to Me' - Kes ft Shensea Steelpan: Kelly Matthews kellymatthews877@gmail.com Follow on Twitter & Instagram @Caribbeansfnet. Email: caribbeansfnet@gmail.com Links to the pod available here Website available here
24:24
November 19, 2021
Diana McCaulay: Changing hearts with climate fiction
Diana McCaulay: Changing hearts with climate fiction
Where can Caribbean climate fiction open our hearts as well as our minds? What is the state of humanity during an increasingly worse climate crisis? In this episode Jamaican Diana McCaulay discusses this and more in her 2020 novel Daylight Come.  Introductory VoiceOver by Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley at the 2021 COP26 Climate Summit  Music by: Koffee - Lockdown Follow on Twitter & Instagram @Caribbeansfnet. Email: caribbeansfnet@gmail.com Links to the pod available here Website available here
25:14
November 05, 2021
Rafael Ocasio: Mapping Puerto Rico through folklore
Rafael Ocasio: Mapping Puerto Rico through folklore
Un episodio especial! I chat with Puerto Rican literary historian Rafael Ocasio about his latest collection which, like the early 20th century scientific survey conducted by Franz Boas, maps the former Spanish colony through folklore. But this collection is more than just folklore. Reimagined fairytales as well as history also populate this collection as well an emphasis on the hills as a space of resistance and reclamation. Follow on Twitter & Instagram @Caribbeansfnet. Email: caribbeansfnet@gmail.com Links to the pod available here Website available here
24:07
October 22, 2021
Robert Edison Sandiford: You have the power...use it
Robert Edison Sandiford: You have the power...use it
Folklore, myth, superheroes. In this episode, Barbadian writer Robert Edison Sandiford explores our own Caribbean source of power in his novel 'And Sometimes They Fly'. We talk about the role of the hero in the region as well as the Caribbean as a real place with real people. This may be fantasy but it's also an assemblage of so much more. Music credit: 'Tempted to Touch' - Rupee Did you enjoy the episode? Drop a review and rating!  Follow on Twitter & Instagram @Caribbeansfnet. Email: caribbeansfnet@gmail.com Links to the pod available here Website available here
25:22
October 08, 2021
Stephanie Saulter: Looking 'forward' to the next big disruption
Stephanie Saulter: Looking 'forward' to the next big disruption
In this episode, Jamaican writer Stephanie Saulter discusses 'Regeneration', the final book of the 'Evolution' trilogy. Energy, humanity, politics, and technology are all discussed as part of what a future Caribbean might look like. Music credit: 'Three Little Birds' - Bob Marley Did you enjoy the episode? Drop a review and rating!  Follow on Twitter & Instagram @Caribbeansfnet. Email: caribbeansfnet@gmail.com Links to the pod available here Website available here
30:26
September 24, 2021
Karen Lord: Imagining the future of health
Karen Lord: Imagining the future of health
How can literature illuminate matters of public health and Caribbean futures? Listen to Barbadian writer, Karen Lord, discuss her latest short story "The Plague Doctors" which is eerily prophetic in its portrayal of an island bearing the brunt of a contagious disease. Through a blending of the hard sciences and the social sciences, Lord urges us to read not just for entertainment but for social change. Music credit: 'Roll it Gal' - Alison Hinds Did you enjoy the episode? Drop a review and rating!  Follow on Twitter & Instagram @Caribbeansfnet. Email: caribbeansfnet@gmail.com Links to the pod available here Website available here
30:17
September 10, 2021
Robert Antoni: The Camera Does A Magical Thing
Robert Antoni: The Camera Does A Magical Thing
Reader and listener be advised: This is no ordinary novel, this is a shapeshifting piece of work. In this episode, I chat with prize-winning author Robert Antoni about 'Cut Guavas' concerning myth, technology, history, and outsider fiction - all intertwined with a screenplay retelling of 'Planet of the Apes'. Music credit: 'Baila Mami' - Nailah Blackman Follow on Twitter & Instagram @Caribbeansfnet. Email: caribbeansfnet@gmail.com Links to the pod available here Website available here
24:16
August 28, 2021
Tricia Chin: The Trees Were Portals
Tricia Chin: The Trees Were Portals
In this episode, Tricia Chin reimagines a world populated by nonhuman folklore characters and humans in her debut book ‘Tabanca and Other Stories’. Tune in to hear how her collection touches on themes of humanity, transformation, and the environment and how these themes add to our understanding of Caribbean science fiction.  Music credit: 'Folklore Riddim' Did you enjoy the episode? Drop a review and rating! Follow on Twitter & Instagram @Caribbeansfnet. Email: caribbeansfnet@gmail.com Links to the pod available here Website available here
23:21
August 13, 2021
Everard McBain: We don't need a superhero, we need a JUMBIE
Everard McBain: We don't need a superhero, we need a JUMBIE
How can local animation redefine what it means to be a superhero? Where can folklore help us preserve and accept our rich Caribbean identity? In this episode Everard McBain, a co-creator of the Trinidad and Tobago animated series Jumbie, discusses these questions and more.  Music credit: 'Jumbie' - Machel Montano Did you enjoy the episode? Drop a review and rating! Follow on Twitter & Instagram @Caribbeansfnet. Email: caribbeansfnet@gmail.com Links to the pod available here Website available here
23:10
July 30, 2021
Introducing The Caribbean Science Fiction Network
Introducing The Caribbean Science Fiction Network
Welcome to The Caribbean Science Fiction Network - a celebration of all things fantasy, folklore, speculative fiction, and of course science fiction.  Music credit: 'Fast Wine' - Machel Montano If you'd like to be featured, feel free to reach out.   Follow on Twitter & Instagram @Caribbeansfnet.  Email: caribbeansfnet@gmail.com  Links to the pod available here Website available here
00:50
July 29, 2021