Star Warriors of the Modern Raj: Materiality, Mythology and Technology of Indian Science Fiction. 

Sami Ahmad Khan

University of Wales Press

Longlisted for BSFA Award for non-fiction 2022

A close look at the changing contours of contemporary Indian science fiction.

India is mutating, and so is its science fiction. Star Warriors of the Modern Raj is a critical catalog of contemporary India’s anglophone science fiction, a path-breaking work that shifts between texts, vantage points, and frameworks. Fusing paradigms from science fiction, South Asian, and postcolonial studies, this book explicates how India and its science fiction negotiate one another from the vantage points of mythology, ideology, and technology. An interrogation of epistemology, marginality, and the Indian popular imagination, the book presents a cogent analysis of contemporary Indian science fiction.