The Empire Tele-Calls Back: Indian Science Fiction in the Global Age

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Dr. Amit Sarwal, Sami A Khan (ed.)
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The Empire Tele-Calls Back: Indian Science Fiction in the Global Age (working title)

Edited by Amit Sarwal and Sami Ahmad Khan

According to Prof. James Gunn, SF and its study came late to India. In late 1950s, Indian cinema did mange to produce some B-grade SF movies, while on the other hand, SF writing in regional languages, particularly through serialisation in magazines, short stories and later as novels, has slowly but steadily also gained popularity. The present collection is an attempt to explore the available Indian SF literature and films, in the context of India aiming to shape itself as a scientific powerhouse, and analyze the ways in which SF is being read, viewed and accepted in India.

We invite papers on Indian Science Fiction Literature and Cinema, on texts in English, Hindi and other regional languages.

Please email your 5000-6000 words chapter in MS Word format and MLA style to Sami Ahmad Khan at by 30th November 2012.

About the Editors
Amit Sarwal is Assistant Professor in the Department of English, Rajdhani College (University of Delhi) and Founding Convenor of Australia–India Interdisciplinary Research Network (AIIRN), New Delhi, India. He has edited a number of books in the field of Australian studies, latest being: Bridging Imaginations: South Asian Diaspora in Australia (2012).

Sami Ahmad Khan read Literature at University of Delhi. He then completed his master's in English at Jawaharlal Nehru University. Sami was awarded a Fulbright grant at The University of Iowa, USA, in 2011-12. He has engaged in film production, teaching, theatre and writing. His short stories, plays and articles have been published in magazines and academic journals. His first novel, Red Jihad, was released by Rupa & Co. in 2012 to a positive reception. Currently, he is a Doctoral Candidate at JNU, where he is working on Science Fiction and Techno-culture Studies.