Kodwo Eshun – The Science Fiction of Kojo Bernard Laing from the Year 2020

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Major Gentl and the Achimota Wars, the third novel written by the Ghanaian novelist and poet Kojo Bernard Laing in 1992, is the most sustained science fiction yet written in which the futurity of the African continent constitutes the ground and the stake of warring forces. Set in the year 2020, Major Gentl and the Achimota Wars narrates the right to invent futurity as a War for and over the future existence of the continent. Laing’s conflictual vision of the year 2020 poses problems and possibilities for the future thought of science fiction’s futurities. In what ways does Laing’s science fiction from the year 2020 pressurise the predicates that support the futures narrated by science’s fictions?