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Janelle Monae Writes For The Marginalized In New Science Fiction Collection 'The Memory Librarian'
When she was two years old, singer, actress and now author Janelle Monae saw an alien in her backyard.
“I told my mom and she didn’t believe me. But I told my grandmother and she believed me, so I never felt like what I had seen wasn’t real,” Monae told ESSENCE. “It was real in my spirit, in my heart and I just kept with that. I kept with the understanding that there’s life outside of human form. There are androids. There are other aspects of the world that I want to get to — I want to encounter, I want to see. And I’m always eager to meet some new life.”
This early encounter is the reason Monae has explored science fiction and elements of Afro-futurism in her art since the beginning of her musical career in the early 2000s and it’s the reason she’s partnered with other writers to release the new science fiction anthology The Memory Librarian: And Other Stories of Dirty Computer.
The collection, which Monae began writing in the early months of 2020, explores questions of queerness, love, gender plurality and liberation, all against the backdrop of memory and what it may look like in the future.