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Throwback Thursday: “The Space Traders” by Derrick Bell (1992)

Let’s take a trip to twenty-six years ago in our Throwback Thursday time machine (ScienceFiction.com’s ongoing column dedicated to the great sci-fi of the past), and take a look at one of the quintessential science fiction short stories of the 1990s: “The Space Traders” by Derrick Bell. Now, for some of you who have seen ‘Torchwood: Children of Earth,’ the plot of “The Space Traders” may seem somewhat familiar in that aliens come to the Earth asking a terrible price. In ‘Children of Earth,’ it’s unsurprisingly the children of Earth in exchange for the evil aliens leaving the Earth alone. In “The Space Traders”, the aliens want all the black people in the United States in exchange for technological advances and gold (remember, this was written in the 90s when balancing the Federal budget was a very hot button topic in politics). Though ‘Children of Earth’ would be politically-charged (they begin debating if the impoverished should be the ones who lose their children), it does not hold a candle to its predecessor in showing society a mirror, and more pointedly, the United States a mirror when it comes to the relations between white America and its black counterparts. The majority of the […]

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