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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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Rafael Ocasio: Mapping Puerto Rico through folklore

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The Caribbean Science Fiction Network

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
January 07, 2022
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'
December 17, 2021
Season 1 Preview
A mash up of Season 1 guests. Enjoy!
December 11, 2021
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!
December 03, 2021
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
November 19, 2021
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
November 05, 2021
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.
October 22, 2021
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! 
October 08, 2021
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! 
September 24, 2021
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! 
September 10, 2021
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
August 28, 2021
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!
August 13, 2021
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!
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