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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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'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! 
October 8, 2021
'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! 
September 24, 2021
'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! 
September 10, 2021
'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
August 28, 2021
'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!
August 13, 2021
'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!
July 30, 2021
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.  Twitter & Instagram @Caribbeansfnet. Email: Podcast also available on Spotify,, iHeartRadio, Google Podcasts, Podchaser, Breaker, etc.
July 29, 2021